Date of Award


Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2017.


Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Michael McElfresh

Second Advisor

Sally Wood


As the global population increases, new ways of sustainable and efficient food production need to be explored in order to meet the growing demand from society. In this paper we explore the methods and functionality of an off-grid, semi-autonomous aquaponics system. This system will serve as a proof of concept for a large scale aquaponics system which can be modelled in other parts of the world where arable land is scarce. It was found that though the initial startup costs are high, it will be able to reduce the cost of food in the long run. The system implements a solar array and battery system, lighting, temperature controls and a plumbing system.