Substation 33

In 2017 Space Plants approached Substation33 with a problem. We had a vision to build a vertical garden that monitored the health of the plants and allowed the plants to send us information on how they where going. We had a plant sensor that measured light, temperature, moisture and fertiliser levels and talked to a phone app so you could see how a plant is doing. But if you’re not there with your phone in bluetooth range, e.g. you go away for a weekend or on holiday, then you can’t see what’s happening and can’t do anything!

So we asked Substation to help us talk to the sensor and push the data up to the internet.

The team  at Substation helped us with the early prototyping stages of the software and electronics. We used a Raspberry Pi computer to talk to the sensor and push this data up to our website. Substation33 also designed a circuit so the pi could control a water pump in the vertical garden from the internet. We were able to use recycled laptop batteries for energy storage and charge these with a solar panel. Once the product is ready for sale Substation33 will continue to provide recycled lithium iron batteries to power our solar powered vertical gardens!

We also built Substation33 two beautiful vertical gardens for the entrance. In the spirit of recycling… we made them from recycled timber and coconut shells.

Do you have a prototype project that Substation33 could help you get off the ground? Get in touch with the awesome team at Substation33 here