March 5, 2010 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
The Sun Curve, from Inca Biospheric Systems, is a closed loop vertical aquaponic micro farm (yes, that’s a mouthful) powered by solar panels, a wind turbine, and a battery bank. It grows plants vertically using water from its fish pond which also acts as a resevoir and nutrient source.
The plant roots, growing media, and a colony of microorganisms act as a biological filter, cleaning the water for the fish. Originally developed to support remote clinics and refugee camps in third world countries, the system recycles the water, using about 10% of the water consumed in traditional farming and gardening. The Sun Curve can store enough power in its battery bank to run a built in water pump, ultraviolet filtration, and a computer/phone.