Indeed there is value in innovation
Great to see the community in action. Without this forum at least my Food computer build would not have been possible.
I have considered and even ordered parts for the cooling mod. In case this is the nutrition cooling Just because I found that cooling element awesome and wanted to see it work and the parts are affordable
Sensor thing is a problem needing solving. At the beginning I thought that the sensors were going to be immersed into the solution and that would be fine. To be honest they are the most expensive bits of hardware in the build. So I am eager to see where this “mod” or bug-fix will go.
Nutrition delivery and analysis also interesting. Lets see where it goes.
On a more general side I would like to understand more what is it trying to achieve and what is the target of each in detail. I understand it is the awesomeness of building things that drives some of these things and I think that is plenty reason to go forward and build it.
I’ll use the cooling mod as an example. And just off the bat I want to mention that I think it is a great mod and definitely one of the coolest (notice the bun there) mod to do
Aim is to make the nutrient solution cooler then the grow space air. There is a thread here
Inexpensive parts working solution. Nice piece of mod log.
What I would like to know is that what is the data behind this? Is there a botany article I could read? What is the exact temp we would need to achieve with the cooling system? As a newbie to growing things I have a hunger for all data
Also am I to expect that cooling the water temperature to X is going to give me increased harvest or earlier harvest?
I would like to suggest one more mod to the list Simply add current sensors on each segment of the FC to calculate the cost of electricity. This would then log the energy usage of each segment. For example Grow lights, heater, humidifier and so on. We could then calculate the cost increase or savings of each mod.
Like if I replace the window with a solid insulation block… How much less heating is needed?
I’m also a big fan of modularity. In case I want a food computer with just the basics and then have the possibility to later add a nutrient cooler or a delivery analysis system without a complete overhaul of my FC.