Building an automated high pressure aeroponic system
This is a fairly low-tech automated system. It’s faster, cheaper, and less complicated to build but on the other hand requires more manual intervention and may produce more inconsistent results compared to systems that monitor sensors and change inputs.
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How It Works
- The reservoir contains the nutrient solution. Must be manually tested and monitored for pH and PPM.
- The filter prevents debris from damaging the pump.
- The check valve enables pressure to be built up in the system between this point and any solenoid valves down the line.
- The pump pressurizes the line.
- The accumulator tank helps prevent pressure drops when multiple solenoid valves are open. In this drawing there is only one grow container but multiple containers can be added.
- The pressure shutoff switch turns off the pump when a desired pressure (80 PSI in this case) is reached. The pump and the pressure shutoff switch are constantly energized.
- The drain enables maintenance to be performed by allowing the line to be manually depressurized.
- The solenoid valve opens the line to the grow container. This is controlled by the timer.
- The timer sets a schedule for the solenoid valve to turn on and off. For example, 10 seconds on and 3 minutes off. The solenoid valve is closed by default and opened when energized.
- The grow container houses the plants and the misting heads.
- If excess nutrient solution builds up in the bottom of the container, there’s a gravity drain back to the reservoir.
The Greenhouse ($218)
Garden Supplies (~$75)
The Platform (~$30)
- Wood Screws
- Concrete Blocks (go to hardware store)
- Plywood (go to hardware store)
- 2x4 lumber (go to hardware store)
The Containers (~$200 w/o tools)
- 55 Gallon Drum
- 30 Gallon Drum
- 1" 90 degree PVC elbows (x3)
- Clear Silicone
- Teflon Tape
- Caulking gun †
- Reflective Insulation
- 1 1/2" Hole Saw †
- 1" Hole Saw †
- Torx Bits (for wood screws) †
- Drill †
- Snippers †
† tools, skip if unnecessary
The Plumbing (~$320)
- Aquatec CDP 8800
- Accumulator Storage Tank
- 1/2" MIP male adapter to 1/4" quick connect
- Pump Filter
- Aquatec Shutoff Switch
- 1/4" White Tubing
- 1/4" Shutoff Valves
- 1/4" Tees
- 1/4" Check Valve
- Solenoid Valve
- 12V DC to 120V AC Inverter
- Misting Nozzles
- 1/2" PVC Misting Nozzle Tees
- 1/2" PVC Cap
- 1/2" PVC Pipe (go to hardware store)
- 1/2" PVC Bulkhead Connector (3x)
- 1/2" PVC 90 Degree Elbow
- PVC Cement and Primer
- 1/2" PVC to 1/4" Quick Connect
- 1/2" PVC Male Adapter