PyraTUNNEL Off-Grid with Built-in Sandponics (the Dixon Model) to be Set up on an Empty Farmland in Redwater AB, Canada, North of Edmonton
Angus Dixon
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This Dixon Model combines everything in one design to face the hush challenges we have on the building site: no power, no water, no shelter, only an empty farmland with hay uncut. We plan to face it headon with PyraPOD Global’s CTO, Richard Nelson, and everyone else who want to help.

This model is similar in shape to a greenhouse built in 2012 at Lindum in Norway (click to watch). Beside its off-grid challenge, this current model has incorporated a full set of iAVS Sandponics inside to increase the capacity of solar thermal storage. As a result, we get fish, vegetables, and most importantly, environment control for extreme weather conditions.

The building site is located in Redwater, AB, Canada, which belongs to the Sturgeon County in the province of Alberta. This drone video shows the building site in more detail:

A GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up, here is the URL: gofundme.com/f/pyratunnel-aquaponics-calgary

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Double Cover Installation

No sewing is needed. The process is very similar to the conventional greenhouse's practice, with special steps to ensure total seal of the double-layer cavity and bubble foam circulation.

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Design & Planning

What functions to be included, cost estimation, material preparation, etc

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Site and Utility Preparation

There is no power, no water, no sewage, no house. So things need to be prepared first before moving to the site.

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Frame and Barrier Setup

Everything that is needed to handle the hush and cold winter, to support the covers, the fish tanks, the grow beds, etc. Also the plumbings, the bubble generators, tank connections, etc.

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Final testing to see if both systems work as designed

For SolaRoof bubble tech, test to see if both sections of the double layer cavity can be filled and also test if one section is filled with bubbles while the other section is cooled by sprayed water.

For sandponics, test water pumping and drainage

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Design settled with digging and using 40' seacan as retaining walls and fish tanks 0 1 / 1 0
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We plan to cut the 40′ seacan in half along the length and place them 12′ apart. Then bury them 4′ into the ground.

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Bring power to the site - the off-grid way 0 2 / 2 0
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We bought a portable power system from CreateSolar.ca what needs two large solar panels to charge it.

110V 3 kWh portable power

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Prepare living space for site workers 0 1 / 1 0
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Eventually we bought a 1985 Komfort RV trailer that works well. Next we need to add water to it. Everything else works fine.

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Awning is working too

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Digging into the ground 0 1 / 2 0
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We plan to rent a machine and do the digging ourselves.

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Place two big fish tanks in place and insulate the heat storage area 0 0 / 0 0
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Plan to cut open horizontally a sea container to get two fish tanks out of it.

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Set up frames for sandponics and double layer cavity 0 0 / 0 0
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