There are a few things that have issues with the area of bringing CEA controlled environment agriculture into the mainstream. the biggest issue is simply cost of systems versus profitability. there are many hybrids I have seen that provide a glimpse of a good solution, but what I am seeing in the market is people asking for “subsidies” to get their grand ideas out into the market – with more emphasis on “look what I did” and labeling it as sustainable. it is only sustainable as long as either someone keeps throwing money at it, or artificial props with tax breaks, grants, and subsidies all play into the current equation.
I feel a bit odd in that our trajectory into this market came from simply finding a way to provide as much nutritional food, in the shortest time, smallest space, and ideally anywhere the planet – be it on or off the grid. it is when I visited my folks and started all their plants the old-fashioned way that I realized how nice it is to grow in controlled spaces. as we progressed our designs - we simply changed the name to agrowspace, as it solved a lot of the issues we ran into with regards to containers, spaces, greenhouses, etc.
this morning I was sitting in church and had an odd thought about the elderly population, as they at least remember and realize how to grow plants and food. and then…
no clue why or what the idea came from, but a robotics solution came out from another area we are working with. oddly, it can work for a large-scale solution to some of the bigger controlled environment issues.
that's all I can say about it. but a wow…a solution with humans and robotics…and full robotics without costing a fortune.
RCEA will be some sort of working title, although with the one group of spiritual enlightenment folks that wanted a solution that used real-life physics to deal with what at times resembles more of unicorn and fairy dust dreams. we now call that project the working title of woo-woo – “how is project woo-woo” doing.
sounds funny, but I have to admit, cool solution to that problem…may people grow a bit?
now…I think my afternoon is sketching and playing with this new perspective on the problems…and while I am sad it eliminates more humans…the plants will like it.
really interesting times indeed…