PodPonics uses shipping containers to grow food downtown
CNN Video: A new farming method can condense an acre’s worth of food into one single pod. Photojournalist Greg Kilday explains.
Podponics is a new hydroponics growing system designed to decrease the energy consumption and expenses of traditional indoor growing.
Created by technology veteran Matt Liotta, the produce is grown within used shipping containers called pods in a traditional nutrient solution. Each pod utilizes a computer and a HVAC system to control the container’s environmental factors, which are regulated based on the plant’s varying needs throughout its life cycle.
In addition, Liotta designed custom light bulbs that emit a precise light spectrum with an ideal light intensity and duration. By only using the amounts of water, nutrients and light that a plant needs, the PodPonics system reduces energy consumption, thus decreasing expenses on a large scale. Podponics currently grows six varieties of lettuce, and plans to develop additional products in the coming months.