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Autopot Systems® (自主潮汐式养液栽培系统),源起于传统养液供给方式的操作困境与缺失之改善所因应而生。一般常被利用之湛液循环给液DFT、薄膜流层NFT等架构以及点滴灌溉Dripping等方式,前二者由于水体甚大,启动和液温控制的能源所费不赀,加上病原菌易于循环过程蔓延且设置施工时间与成本较不经济,后者则控制准确度不易掌握,介质易于出现盐类蓄积障害(Build up),其点滴装置亦经常阻塞且三者同样存在废液排放等环保问题。这些疑虑在未来农业的投资上将无法真正落实环境保护与节能减碳的高规格标准,因而现阶段全球的粮作生产与环境平衡两大议题更必需要以崭新的思维与技术才能够挑战高速发展的现代农业。

Autopot Systems®具有无可比拟的环保创新技术与农业解决方案,其独步全球之不排液、不循环、不回收且超低耗能之硬件设施与栽培软件设计在操作上相辅相成,为一世界排名首位且在蔬果、粮作、花卉、造景等项目上堪称最高效率的绿色科技农法,亦是领航新世代植物工场的最进化型养液栽培系统。其操作技术下所栽种之蔬菜果物等,生长迅速健全,能够保有植物原本特有之香气、颜色、株型,且叶肉厚实、清脆可口,明显颠覆一般循环水耕方式常遭消费者所诟病之无味、叶薄又储藏时间过短等诸多缺点。

Autopot Systems®零排放的无污染节能机制是其基本的发展主轴,技术上的杰出表现,令定植作业更为简便快速,且收获和清洗容易。在植物工场的建构中,由于各栽培床独立单位之体积小,能适应各种地形之摆设且灵活规划,通风性佳,加上系统轻量化,利于细质铝架作立体高层移动栽培设计,提高较传统固定结构多出35%以上的栽培空间。而独特LED水冷式装置床架的导入,更大幅度降低设施内热源之蓄积效应,未来在机器人采收模式的积极开发引导下,国际间养液栽培技巧及植物工场结构,将因这套真正绿色科技农业生产系统的推出而被重新定义。

Autopot Systems®拥有整体超过二十项以上的栽培系列,皆同时具有施工快速简便、用水量小之优点,其抗紫外线材料可长期回收再利用,无保丽龙材质的环保问题;系统稳定性高,各种独特防蚊虫、防雨水的设计可有效回避恼人的登革热困扰,设施场内清洁不泥泞,后续工作少,于屋顶或建物的室内或室外花园造景上,更是提供了量轻,省水、隔热、防水等有效的城市绿化解决方案。

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Why plants grow so well in the Autopot Systems®.

A further advantage is in the way in which water is delivered to the plant. Many Hydroponic systems recognise the fact that nature conditioned most plants to get alternating cycles of moisture so that they start out wet and then gradually dry out before it rains again to supply more moisture. If the water comes too frequently before the plant has dried out the growth of the plant is inhibited. And if the plant dries out completely and stays that way for a period longer than it is conditioned to tolerate, it will either die completely or suffer a severe setback in its growth pattern.

The common conventional hydroponic system using media are drip to waste and ebb and flow. In a variety of ways and under a variety of systems of control, a water/nutrient mix is supplied to the plants in the system. The control at its simplest is manual, and at its most complicated, computer controlled. Even in the most comprehensive computer controlled Nutrient Film (NFT) systems, the cycle is normally dictated by the needs of the thirstiest of the plants in the system, so the average plant will get more water/nutrient than it needs which is usually also more than is good for it. This is done on the basis that a bit too much water, while perhaps not the ultimate in supplying the best growth rate, is better than too little water. There’s an old farmers saying that “you can always grow something in mud but you can’t grow anything in dust”.

Another side problem with conventional hydroponic is that all systems recirculate nutrient which very often accounts for the nutrient becoming corrupted and spreads disease problems through the entire system. To alleviate this problem it is standard practise to constantly monitor and balance the pH and CF level of nutrient which requires a significant investment in both equipment and time, or in many professional systems, excess water and nutrient is run to waste.

The Autopot Systems® is designed so that the individual plants in their individual containers can dictate when they get their water, according to their needs. A wide range of different plants in an Autopot Systems will each take on water at totally different times and cycles, rather than being tied to an automated cycle. This is achieved without the use of electricity, pumps or expensive plumbing, yet the system operates fully automatically as dictated by the plants themselves. For instance, in the Autopot Systems, a potted cactus that may require water every third day or so will happily thrive alongside a tuberous begonia which in summer is demanding water three or even four times a day, each time getting a wet cycle and each time becoming virtually dry again before the water is replenished, as nature intended. Both plants will flourish. This is the vitally different aspect of the Autopot Systems and the one that gives the system its great advantages. Even the most sophisticated computer controlled watering cycle cannot come anywhere near matching the advantages of having the plants dictate their own individual needs.