A natural, self-powered 3D printer for food and products

In recent years, climate change has started impacting agriculture. In my home country, Sri Lanka, even though the irrigation system of the dry zone has been built from ancient times to collect water during the rainy season and to nourish the land during the dry season, these water reservoirs have started to evaporate at a faster rate causing massive losses in harvest, causing food shortages, destroying livelihoods and increasing poverty.

The project started upon being fascinated by how every element has to be considered precious when creating habitats for harsh conditions of space missions. But what if we think about Earth in a similar way in this Age of climate change, where the sustainability of human consumption habits has become questionable?

During rainy seasons, the aquaponic system of Elysium95X would collect and conserve water, to provide a higher yield of healthy food, while harnessing energy from the sun and wind to power the system. Additionally, the plant roots would biofabricate products, similar to a slow natural 3D printer, providing a source of additional income to the community by the end of each crop rotation. Similar to ongoing space missions, the implementation of this project requires more research with teams of experts who would further develop each component. The final outcome would help communities thrive in harsh conditions caused by climate change in the future.

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Nilushi Fernando
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