Hydration Automation (HA) – US

PROJECT IMPACT

$7250

IEEE Funding

16250

Estimated Impact

10

Students

1

Volunteers

Location: USA
PROJECT LAUNCHED: April 2024
PROJECT LEADS:

Professor Navid Shaghaghi

A team of students from Santa Clara University’s Frugal Innovation Hub (FIH) and EPIC Research Lab in Santa Clara, California took note of the water waste that is a consequence of agriculture, along with the financial and human resource toll that it can take. To combat this issue, they collaborated with Veggielution to create a Hydration Automation (HA) device.

The HA device uses ultrasonic sensors to measure water levels in tanks, and how much water is needed to refill the tank. For this project, soil monitoring sensors have been added at Veggitelution’s urban farm, as they use city water instead of tank water. The team reconfigured the HA device to work in a different setting, getting statistics for the company for them to more efficiently use water. They track the level of water in the soil and trigger watering when the soil needs it. According to the team, the water bill for the company was getting increasingly higher, and their device hopes to make their water use more effective and thus less expensive.

A team of graduate students at Santa Clara will provide technical support for the organizations using their HA sensor devices to ensure they are up and running.

The project will overall decrease water consumption, lowering the financial borders of agriculture and protecting the environment while doing so.

This project was made possible by a $7,250.00 grant from EPICS in IEEE.

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