The aponix barrel is supposed to be used as growing device in an existing nutrient cycle, either hydroponic (using liquid mineral fertilizer) or aquaponics (using fish, organic fertilizer). A barrel can be assembled using only 2-3 compact elements. The available vertical space in your growing area determines the number of growspaces a barrel can provide. One barrel has a diameter of 57 centimeters and requires 1 squaremeter of flat space. For each 15 centimeters of added height 12 additional growspaces are provided as 2 inch netpot inserts.
The aponix barrels are especially suited to grow herbs and lettuces in high density urban farming situations (>60 pieces per sqm, see setup in our slideshow rendering). The parts provide a means to assemble barrel corpusses and thus grow spaces easily and quickly in your production environment without building complicated rack-structures. After harvesting the ring segments can be powerwashed easily and replanted immediately.
Plants get their nutrients from drizzle generated by spray nozzles inside the barrel connected to a pressure line delivering the nutrients. Version 2.0 can also be operated using simple drip irrigation from the top, practically converting the barrel into a giant vertical NFT. Version 2.0 will be available in large numbers from September 2016!