HAPI has announced a col­lab­o­ra­tion with researchers at the Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­si­ty of Kosice to devel­op smart pow­er man­age­ment capa­bil­i­ties for food pro­duc­tion facil­i­ties. The col­lab­o­ra­tion will cre­ate a robust and flex­i­ble frame­work for opti­miz­ing and pro­tect­ing the ener­gy foot­print of such sites.

HAPI founder Tyler Reed stat­ed: “Pow­er man­age­ment is foun­da­tion­al to what the HAPI project is build­ing. On the food side, there is a huge diver­si­ty in appli­ances and process­es that require elec­tric­i­ty. Arti­fi­cial light­ing itself can present a sub­stan­tial chal­lenge as far as con­trol and sched­ul­ing are con­cerned. Then there are water pumps, nutri­ent pumps, pH dos­ing pumps, air pumps, com­put­ers and con­trol sys­tems, mon­i­tor­ing equip­ment and more all bring­ing their own unique ener­gy require­ments to the pic­ture. On the pow­er side, ener­gy pro­duc­ers can charge for their prod­uct in var­i­ous ways. Rates can be based on peak usage, time-of-day usage, flat rates, etc. Devel­op­ing a capa­bil­i­ty that can han­dle this lev­el of com­plex­i­ty is incred­i­bly impor­tant to us if HAPI is going to be rel­e­vant for large-scale food pro­duc­ers.”

Enter researchers at the Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­si­ty of Kosice in Slo­va­kia. Mar­tin Pala, an arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence expert at the uni­ver­si­ty, explained how his team would cre­ate a solu­tion. “This is essen­tial­ly an opti­miza­tion prob­lem. The dif­fer­ent devices in a pro­duc­tion facil­i­ty all have tim­ing require­ments and ener­gy con­sump­tion lev­els, while the cost and avail­abil­i­ty of pow­er can vary over time. Our team is using arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence tech­niques such as fuzzy sys­tems and genet­ic algo­rithms to cre­ate an adap­tive, intel­li­gent pow­er man­age­ment func­tion. The sys­tem will account for alter­na­tive ener­gy approach­es as well, where fac­tors like weath­er, wind and sun­light can impact the avail­abil­i­ty of ener­gy.”

The pow­er man­age­ment suite is expect­ed to be com­plet­ed in the third quar­ter of 2013.

HAPI is short for Hydro­pon­ic Automa­tion Plat­form Ini­tia­tive.  By pro­vid­ing automa­tion mod­ules and struc­tural designs, a clean seed net­work and a best prac­tice knowl­edge base, HAPI will dra­mat­i­cally low­er the bar­ri­ers to high-yield, sus­tain­able food pro­duc­tion to indi­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties across the plan­et. For more infor­ma­tion vis­it http://hapihq.com.

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