Friday, June 26, 2009

Bring on the heat!

Summer is here and what better to keep your crops growing than a Driptech irrigation system. Hi my name is Danny Gilliland and I just joined the Driptech team full time as a summer intern. This spring I helped out by making the demo kit for the cool products expo and then installed our first retail system at Hammarskjold house on the Stanford campus. The system has been in place for a few months now and the veggies are practically exploding, all with extreme water efficiency, of course. Feast your eyes on this:










One of the first things I have been able to help with is the move to our new office off of San Antonio Road. The whole team is excited to move in to the new location and spread out a little bit. We are almost all moved in and should be back in full swing again by early next week.

In other news, we have all been practicing our smiles and persuasive diction for our DFJ tech presentation on Tuesday. As one of the final sixteen contenders in the DFJ tech competition, we are hoping to come off strong and be selected for the $250,000 grand prize. Read more about the competition here: http://www.dfj.com/bizcomp/

2 comments:

Weedgardener said...

I read about your system in the SF Chronicle and also read the story about Mani, who is using the system. From the Chronicle description it sounds like the only difference between this system and any other drip irrigation system is that it pumps water to a bucket instead of directly into the system. I'm having trouble understanding what advantage this would confer and how it would allow Mani to avoid using electricity to pump water from his well. Can you explain?

Thanks.

Peter said...

Unlike current drip irrigation, the Driptech system runs off of low pressure. This allows the possibility to run off of gravity pressure from an elevated tank or bucket. This also allows us to scale the system down to small farmers in developing countries without requiring expensive pumping equipment. In addition, the system costs 2-5x less than existing solutions.