Thailand: Water and Energy Project - Irrigation Division
Our vision is to bring sustainable methods and practices in the field of irrigation in order to give the Thai villagers environmental prosperity.
Our mission is to to design a fully-functional drip irrigation system that is capable of achieving 2 coffee harvests per year in the Thai villages.
Here at the Irrigation Division, we want to develop a low-maintenance, economical, self-sustainable irrigation system to help the villagers attain economic sustainability. Our current plans are to house water in a reservoir near the plantations, and use it as a water source for the coffee plantations. The Thai villagers specifically want to be able to maximize their coffee harvest per year. A drip-irrigation system is perfect for their needs and wants. Drip-irrigation saves water and nutrients by allowing water to slowly seep into the roots of the plants. By using engineering skills and applications, we will design a drip-irrigation system that provides enough water year-round to successfully allow two coffee harvests per year.
Here at UCSD
One of our goals is to design a fully-functioning small-scale prototype of our system here at UCSD. Our main focus at UCSD is to be able to perform various tests on our model to determine maintenance procedures, flow-rates in and out of the drip-irrigation pipes, and best methods for water filtration. If we can address these issues here, our hopes are that we will be able to compile an easy-to-understand manual that the villagers will be able to use.
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