Arctic Vegetable Production Facility

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2007

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Chan, Roc
Kapoor, Pragya
Li, Bernard
Sachar, Rashi

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This paper introduces the design of a prototype for a vegetable production facility in the arctic settlement Arviat, Nunavut, Canada, with a population of 1,899. Design considerations include adaptation to extreme Arctic weather, usage of renewable energy source, and providing a profitable solution at a competitive vegetable selling price. The final design comprises of a greenhouse driven by two wind turbines with the implementation of an aeroponic production method that yields 300 tomatoes per week. The estimated capital cost is approximately $101,000 with an expected maximum and minimum payback period of 27 and 5 years respectively.

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Created in fulfillment of the course requirements for ENGG*3100 Engineering and Design III. This course combines the knowledge gained in the advanced engineering and basic science courses with the design skills taught in ENGG*1100 and ENGG*2100 in solving open-ended problems. These problems are related to the student's major. Additional design tools are presented, including model simulation, sensitivity analysis, linear programming, knowledge-based systems and computer programming. Complementing these tools are discussions on writing and public speaking techniques, codes, safety issues, environmental assessment and professional management. These topics are taught with the consideration of available resources and cost.

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arctic, greenhouse, production, vegetable, aeroponics, wind turbine

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