The high-tech CEHRF system includes many integrated systems that collectively work to provide an energy-efficient environment to support plant growth.  The key elements include:

  • Aeroponic units that use a spray system to maintain root zone moisture with low water and nutrient consumption.
  • Greenhouse structure that employs R-30 structural insulated panels and corregated polyethylene to balance daylight and heat retention qualities.
  • Red and blue spectrum LED lights to provide only those wavelengths used for photosynthesis.
  • Sensor and control instrumentation to increase efficiency of all systems.

The pilot CEHRF is co-located on Clarkson’s campus with an energy cabin and food waste anaerobic digester.  Solar and wood pellet heat from the energy cabin is used for both the digester and greenhouse.  Effluent from the digester provides nutrients for the produce.