The Science and Engineering Building has a greenhouse on the fourth floor of the building that researchers use to grow plants and conduct research under varying climates. Each of four bays has individual temperature and humidity controls to maintain stable environments within each bay. Recent updates to the greenhouse controls involved the installation of an iGrow system. The iGrow system has an external weather station along with sensors within each bay. The system takes this external weather station data and predicts the energy load imparted to the greenhouse. It then takes measures to ensure a stable environment inside the greenhouse by altering cooling or heating regimes through a series of algorithms. Additionally the greenhouse bays are connected to the programmatic alarm system. In the event of a system malfunction, the alarm system will call to alert users if conditions inside the bay drift from specifications. A timely alarm can save research from being lost so plants are not stressed due to a greenhouse malfunction.
Aug. 15, 2013