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1. WO2012151691 - METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GROWING PLANTS ALONG AN UNDULATING PATH

Publication Number WO/2012/151691
Publication Date 15.11.2012
International Application No. PCT/CA2012/050281
International Filing Date 02.05.2012
IPC
A01G 31/04 2006.01
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
01AGRICULTURE; FORESTRY; ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; HUNTING; TRAPPING; FISHING
GHORTICULTURE; CULTIVATION OF VEGETABLES, FLOWERS, RICE, FRUIT, VINES, HOPS OR SEAWEED; FORESTRY; WATERING
31Soilless cultivation, e.g. hydroponics
02Special apparatus therefor
04Hydroponic culture on conveyors
A01G 9/20 2006.01
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
01AGRICULTURE; FORESTRY; ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; HUNTING; TRAPPING; FISHING
GHORTICULTURE; CULTIVATION OF VEGETABLES, FLOWERS, RICE, FRUIT, VINES, HOPS OR SEAWEED; FORESTRY; WATERING
9Cultivation in receptacles, forcing-frames or greenhouses; Edging for beds, lawn or the like
20Forcing-frames; Lights
B65G 17/30 2006.01
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
GTRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS
17Conveyors having an endless traction element, e.g. a chain, transmitting movement to a continuous or substantially-continuous load-carrying surface or to a series of individual load-carriers; Endless-chain conveyors in which the chains form the load-carrying surface
30Details; Auxiliary devices
CPC
A01G 31/042
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
01AGRICULTURE; FORESTRY; ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; HUNTING; TRAPPING; FISHING
GHORTICULTURE; CULTIVATION OF VEGETABLES, FLOWERS, RICE, FRUIT, VINES, HOPS OR SEAWEED; FORESTRY; WATERING
31Soilless cultivation, e.g. hydroponics
02Special apparatus therefor
04Hydroponic culture on conveyors
042with containers travelling on a belt or the like, or conveyed by chains
A01G 31/045
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
01AGRICULTURE; FORESTRY; ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; HUNTING; TRAPPING; FISHING
GHORTICULTURE; CULTIVATION OF VEGETABLES, FLOWERS, RICE, FRUIT, VINES, HOPS OR SEAWEED; FORESTRY; WATERING
31Soilless cultivation, e.g. hydroponics
02Special apparatus therefor
04Hydroponic culture on conveyors
045with containers guided along a rail
Y02P 60/21
YSECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
02TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
PCLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION TECHNOLOGIES IN THE PRODUCTION OR PROCESSING OF GOODS
60Technologies relating to agriculture, livestock or agroalimentary industries
20Reduction of greenhouse gas [GHG] emissions in agriculture, e.g. CO2
21Dinitrogen oxide [N2O], e.g. using aquaponics, hydroponics or efficiency measures
Applicants
  • NON-INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURE, INC. [CA]/[CA] (AllExceptUS)
  • BENNE, Jacob [CA]/[CA] (UsOnly)
  • MEIKLEHAM, Daniel [GB]/[CA] (UsOnly)
Inventors
  • BENNE, Jacob
  • MEIKLEHAM, Daniel
Agents
  • GOODWIN MCKAY
Priority Data
61/483,43306.05.2011US
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GROWING PLANTS ALONG AN UNDULATING PATH
(FR) PROCÉDÉ ET APPAREIL POUR LA CULTURE DE PLANTES LE LONG D'UN PARCOURS ONDULÉ
Abstract
(EN)
Plants are grown in a growing machine by advancing a plurality of plant cradles on an endless conveyor along a growing path, at least a portion of the path being an undulating path having alternating upward and downward portions and having a return portion for looping back to the undulating portion. Using a pair of parallel endless conveyors, the cradles are removably supported between the conveyors. The cradles are supplied with growth-sustaining liquid and growth- promoting light. The cradles are advanced along the path until the one or more plants have reached a target growth after which they can be harvested or transferred to one or more subsequent machines until mature for harvest. The machine can be in a controlled environment, including located in modules arranged in series, parallel or combinations thereof.
(FR)
L'invention a pour objet de faire pousser des plantes dans une machine de culture en faisant avancer une pluralité de berceaux à plantes sur un convoyeur sans fin le long d'un parcours de culture, au moins une partie du parcours étant un parcours ondulé comprenant des parties ascendantes et descendantes alternées et comprenant une partie de retour servant à compléter la boucle jusqu'à la partie ondulée. À l'aide d'une paire de convoyeurs parallèles sans fin, les berceaux sont soutenus de façon amovible entre les convoyeurs. Les berceaux sont alimentés en liquide entretenant la croissance et en lumière favorisant la croissance. Les berceaux sont transportés le long du parcours jusqu'à ce que la ou les plantes aient atteint une croissance visée, après quoi elles peuvent être récoltées ou transférées à une ou plusieurs machines suivantes jusqu'à ce qu'elles soient mûres pour la récolte. La machine peut se trouver dans un environnement régulé, notamment dans des modules disposés en série, en parallèle ou selon des combinaisons de ces dispositions.
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