Project Intro: Research and design of self-organising, algae farming, soft robotsApr 062017
An amateur home-based project to design and evaluate self-organising, algae farming, soft robots.
This is a project started inpersuit of a personal interest in home-grown complete food sources. The notes below for my project log and project substages will be added ad-hoc.
The project itself will take place in 3 phases: (1) Stable Spirulina cultivation and remote monitoring via a conventional self-built monitoring platform, (2) evaluation and improvement of a self-built remote sensing and actuator 'nodes', tethered and water-bound to distribute aeration, inspection and monitoring; and (3) Migration from central controller-based coordination to autonomous, untethered agent-based methods. Succinct project updates will be made on the Research Gate platform whereas informal project notes will be made on the Author's personal blog (http://nordintown.com).
Phase 1: Stable Spirulina cultivation and remote monitoring via a conventional self-built monitoring platform.
1.1 Preparing the culture medium
Chemical ingredients for the cost-efficient RM6 culture medium  (Roof, Kaushik and Prasanna 2006) were obtained via various Amazon and eBay supplier sources. Super single phosphate (SSP) was substituted with an alternative inorganic phosphate source Potassium Phosphate due to SSP sourcing problems. Measures of all fertiliser ingredients were made for a 4l liquid volume within a 4.5l demijohn growth vessel, marked GV1:
- Potassium phosphate 5g,
- Sodium nitrate 10g,
- potassium Chloride 3.92g,
- magnesium sulphate 0.6g,
- calcium chloride 1.6g,
- sodium chloride 2g,
- sodium bicarbonate 32g.
The stated measures of each ingredient were made within 0.5l of dechlorinated local tap water and added to 3.5l within GV1. Any crystallised ingredients were ground to powder form.