Hydroponics Reservoir Temperature Monitoring and Controlling System under Greenhouse Condition
Amy Lizbeth J. Rico

Amy Lizbeth J. Rico, College of Engineering and Technology, Tarlac Agricultural University, Malacampa, Camiling, Tarlac, Philippines 2306
Manuscript received on 21 August 2019. | Revised Manuscript received on 26 August 2019. | Manuscript published on 30 September 2019. | PP: 7650-7653 | Volume-8 Issue-3 September 2019 | Retrieval Number: C6205098319/2019©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijrte.C6205.098319

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Abstract: An automated reservoir temperature monitoring and controlling system for hydroponic system was developed, calibrated and validated in this study. The automated monitoring and controlling system was developed to monitor and control the reservoir temperature of nutrient solution in hydroponic system. The greenhouse available at the Center for Hydroponics and Aquaponics Technology (CHAT) and locally available materials and hardware for the hydroponics and automation were used in the development of the system. These devices were designed and assembled based on the conceptual framework of the study. The reservoir temperature sensor sends signal to the microcontroller which triggers the turning on/off of water chiller and the mixer. The instruments used were calibrated prior to the performance evaluation and obtained calibration equation for the water temperature sensor is y = x + 0.37. Validation of the automated reservoir temperature monitoring and controlling system was done and the recorded maximum temperature is 31 °C and the minimum temperature is 24 °C. The lettuce planted during the validation has an average height of 14.61 cm and the average leaf count of 12 for the lettuce crops during the 4th week after planting. A total of 4.78 kg of lettuce crop was harvested with an average of 20.6 grams per lettuce crop was obtained. Based on the performance evaluation and validation done on the automated reservoir temperature monitoring and controlling system, it was found to be reliable. This system becomes useful in reducing labor cost, and allows for real-time monitoring of reservoir temperature, therefore increasing farmers’ crop productivity and income.
Index Terms: Automation, Greenhouse, Hydroponics, Reservoir Temperature, Sensor

Scope of the Article:
Service Level Agreements (Drafting, Negotiation, Monitoring and Management)