According to Luis Octavio Solís Sánchez, researcher in the Department of Electrical Engineering, some factors that may increase the cost of acquiring import greenhouses include the level of sophistication of its technologies for automation, its size, and the type of materials that are used.
Solís Sánchez said the technology consists of a motherboard, embedded computer systems (for specific functions), a graphical interface for monitoring variables such as humidity, temperature, wind speed and radiation, as well as elements that enable wireless connectivity between the greenhouse and mobile devices, such as cell phones.
The progressive implementation of this greenhouse for different areas of the country entails multiple benefits for domestic producers.
“Automatic control of microclimates has the potential to mitigate the total cost of water for agriculture … it also allows users to obtain crops equivalent to an area of 10 hectares in just 500 square metres,” says the researcher.
Solís Sánchez stressed that this project has passed the pilot stage and the technology has been transferred to companies interested in marketing the system.