Solar-Powered Floating Farm Could Produce 20 Tons Of Vegetables Daily

There’s a new invention in the field of Agriculture that is going to amaze you! 

It is a Smart Floating Farm, designed by Forward Thinking Architecture, that can produce 8,000 tons of vegetables a year. This concept was chosen as one of the Winners of the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award 2016 (SEA) in the ‘Lifestyle & Culture.’

The modular floating concepts aren’t exactly a reality, however its ideally sustainable and necessary in the ever-increasing human population, and the decline of access to natural resources. As the transition from traditional farming on land, there has been a multitude of concepts, such as vertical hydroponic gardening, that has taken off in urban areas to produce more sustainability in the future. The Smart Floating Farm (SFF) is in the ranks for replacing land farms and its high crop yield could make it a serious competitor for whatever comes next in food production. 

The idea was inspired by Chinese floating fish farms, these vegetable farms take food to the next level, connecting 200x350 meters units that are rectangular and can attach to other modules via walkways.

These concepts harvest sunlight and rainwater to care for the crops. It will desalinate the ocean water below it to be as independent as possible.”The people behind the design clarified, however, that the farms are “not meant to solve all of humanity’s hunger problems or to replace existing traditional agriculture.

The driver behind the project is to open a new initiative which can be complementary and compatible with other existing production methods in order to help reduce food risk associated problems in different areas of the globe.”

The units are composed of three levels, the first of which is a rooftop photovoltaic power plant that features skylights, solar panels, rainwater collectors, wind turbines and wave energy converter systems. The middle level is where the greenhouse would exist, which would be complete with automated hydroponics and microclimate control for crop cultivation. The bottom level would house fish farms, a slaughterhouse, wave barriers and protection, a desalination plant and a package facility.

The hydroponics would make the greenhouse free from pesticides, soil, need for precipitation and fertile ground. The transition from traditional farming is brought on by a lot of other factors as well.

Less availability of open spaces in ideal locations for farming is a major reason, but also climate change, drought, and harm to wildlife and natural resources has caused those working in innovation to question what the future of farming could look like. Turning to waterways is the best idea, because there is no shortage of ocean for farms to be set up on and it could make local farming and food supply more accessible to people living on the coasts or large lakes.

This design would be autonomous and require little human intervention to keep running throughout the year. What types of produce and fish would be grown in the farms depends on what’s needed in that particular region, but the firm developed a chart for the possible combinations of crops it could produce with the farms.

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