Vertical Aquaponic Gardening Takes Shape

March 5, 2010 by

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.


  1. manny said:

    Good post
    Turning a garden on its side to create a verdant, vertical surface not only looks good but promotes wildlife, good air quality and sustainabilty too
    Most living wall designs can work in a home environment and more and more people are installing them

    — March 6, 2010 @ 02:46

  2. Bill said:

    Cool idea, but it looks like they picked a pretty sub-optimal location for this one. Lots of trees to shade the solar panels and block the wind from hitting the turbine. They should put the panels and turbine on a pole extending 20 or 30 feet above the center of the structure, with guy-wires down to the corners to stabilize it.

    — March 6, 2010 @ 12:44

  3. fello said:

    … and the poor fish will certainly turn mad from all the bubble noise.

    — July 11, 2010 @ 12:30

  4. Aquaponics Guy said:

    Love the idea – been doing aquaponics the normal way using this resource but may look into this method too. Thanks for the great article.

    — September 29, 2011 @ 11:53

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