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Polar Wall for Indoor Farming: Low-Cost Cooling for Indoor Farms
This invention is a novel, low-cost system designed for cooling the ambient air inside an indoor farm, such as a greenhouse, vertical farm, and/or module-type farm. It consists of a freezer box—ideally solar powered—that freezes reusable ice packs arranged in different configurations within the box. The freezer may be attached to a wall...
Published: 2/1/2024   |   Inventor(s): Joel Cuello, Justin Eckert, Roxcella Reas, Ryan Lefers
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Agriculture & Horticulture, Technology Classifications > Agriculture & Horticulture > Agricultural Engineering, Technology Classifications > Agriculture & Horticulture > Crop Improvement
Fluorophore-Doped Metal-Organic Frameworks for Quantifying Low-Energy Radionuclides in Aqueous Solutions
This technology represents a new class of scintillation materials based on metal organic frameworks (MOFs), highly crystalline and tunable structures, which may provide higher detection efficiency compared to other particle scintillation materials. Furthermore, the use of fluorophores with these MOFs paves the way for more versatile applications in...
Published: 2/21/2024   |   Inventor(s): Craig Aspinwall, Chen-Yi Ke, Brian Zacher
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Agriculture & Horticulture > Agricultural Engineering, Technology Classifications > Energy, Cleantech & Environmental > Remediation, Technology Classifications > Materials > Chemicals, Technology Classifications > Research Tools > Screening assays, Technology Classifications > Sensors & Controls > Particle & Radiation
Rotating Hydroponic Tower
This technology is a hydroponic system that consists of multiple rotating plant-growing towers mounted around an inner grow light. By rotating the towers, plants can be exposed to the inner grow light at a specific RPM, which enables even lighting in the least amount of space possible. Custom 3D printed plastic fittings allow the columns to spin while...
Published: 6/1/2023   |   Inventor(s): Matthew Recsetar, Annissa Lopez, Ashley Duncan, Diego Salido, Kayla Bansback, Michael Mason
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Agriculture & Horticulture > Agricultural Engineering, Technology Classifications > Agriculture & Horticulture > Food Science & Nutrition, Technology Classifications > Energy, Cleantech & Environmental > Water Resource Efficiency
Rapid, Sensitive Detection of PFOA with Smartphone-Based Flow Rate Analysis utilizing Competitive Molecular Interactions during Capillary Action
This invention pertains to a system of detecting perfluorinated-carbon alkyl chains (PFAs) with a smartphone by analyzing the flow rate. By using a paper-based microfluidic chip, this invention provides rapid detection of PFOAs in a lab. The procedure uses commonly available reagents to flow through a microfluidic chip while also loading it with the...
Published: 2/13/2024   |   Inventor(s): Jeong-Yeol Yoon, Lane Breshears, Kelly Reynolds
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Agriculture & Horticulture > Agricultural Engineering, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Devices & Instrumentation > Microfluidics
The BORING (BurrOwing & Regenerative IN-Ground) Vertical Farm for the Moon, Mars and Beyond
This technology is a vertical farm designed specifically for the controlled-environment crop and food production function of a bioregenerative space life support system. It would enable long-duration crewed missions on the Moon, Mars, and beyond while mitigating the impacts of extreme extraterrestrial environments. Background: Vertical farming is...
Published: 4/3/2023   |   Inventor(s): Joel Cuello, Matteo Pietrobelli, Mackenze McAleer
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Agriculture & Horticulture > Agricultural Engineering, Technology Classifications > Agriculture & Horticulture > Crop Improvement
Carbon Capture Using Microalgae Cultivated in Scalable Photobioreactors Paired with a Particle Filtration System
University of Arizona researchers have developed a method to offset carbon emissions for industries where carbon-neutral operations are particularly challenging (e.g., airlines, shipping). This invention offers a method to offset carbon emissions for industries where carbon-neutral operations are particularly challenging (e.g., airlines, shipping)....
Published: 6/27/2023   |   Inventor(s): Daniel Apai, Joel Cuello
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Energy, Cleantech & Environmental, Technology Classifications > Agriculture & Horticulture > Agricultural Engineering
Design of Intelligent Aeroponic Microgravity & Earth Nutrient Delivery System (I-AMENDS) for Bioregenerative Space Life Support and Earth Applications
This technology allows for the growth of plants in zero-gravity or microgravity in small growth chambers or large-scale crop production. The invention solves the problem of directing water and nutrients to the plant roots in an efficient and effective way. The design incorporates liquid and nutrient emitters that allow for the effective flow of the...
Published: 4/3/2023   |   Inventor(s): Joel Cuello, Kate Stalkfleet, Yaser Mehdipour, Chen-Han Shih, Jack Welchert, Sean Gellenbeck, Torin Hodge
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Agriculture & Horticulture > Agricultural Engineering
Device for Collecting Volumetric Measurements of Objects with Complex Shapes
This technology is a device that facilitates accurate and precise volume measurements of solid objects. Originally created for the purpose of measuring the total volume of a sample of plant matter, it is ideal for measuring the volume of any solid material with complex shapes or many holes and gaps. Background: In agriculture, it is valuable to have...
Published: 12/11/2023   |   Inventor(s): Truman Combs, Kamel Didan
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Agriculture & Horticulture > Agricultural Engineering
Automated Drone Date Pollination System
This technology is the use of a drone that uses remote sensing, image recognition, unmanned aerial system, machine learning, data analytics and industrial design to eliminate the intense labor needs in date tree farms. The system will be able to find date trees and identify fruit arms to dispense pollen from a custom-made pollen dispenser attached to...
Published: 4/3/2023   |   Inventor(s): Paul Brierley
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Agriculture & Horticulture > Agricultural Engineering
Solar Tower to Dry Food Waste on a Large Scale
This invention is an innovative greenhouse designed to dry food waste at scale. This radical design maximizes the temperature gradient within the tower to minimize drying time. The solar dryer uses solar radiation, requiring minimal energy input. The dried food waste can be stored and used as needed to fertilize fields, feed livestock, or sold as a...
Published: 4/3/2023   |   Inventor(s): Goggy Davidowitz
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Agriculture & Horticulture > Agricultural Engineering, Technology Classifications > Energy, Cleantech & Environmental > Renewable Energy > Solar/Photovoltaic
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