Interesting #conceptual design making agriculture in "hot and dry coastal regions" all the more efficient...
It a seawater-powered #solar #greenhouse and it's engineered to work with the variety of climatological region that has easy access to salt water, but maybe not fresh water... yet still do water-intensive agriculture.
"A #seawater greenhouse produces crops year-round in hot dry areas using only seawater and sunlight. Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, strawberries, herbs—anything that can be grown in traditional greenhouses—can be grown in seawater greenhouses. The award-winning technology, invented by Seawater Greenhouse Ltd. founder Charlie Paton, was inspired by the natural water cycle where seawater heated by the sun evaporates, cools to form clouds, and returns to earth as precipitation."
"The idea behind the process is simple. It combines two unlimited resources - sunlight and seawater - to provide ideal growing conditions for crops in hot, arid environments.
The innovation [uses] the cooling and humidifying power of water vapor produced from evaporating salt water. Using modeling and simulation techniques developed in collaboration with our partners at Aston University, we are able to process local climate data to predict greenhouse performance and inform the design. The combined effect of reducing temperature and increasing humidity, together with providing a protected environment for crops, results in up to 90% reduction in Evapotranspiration. This to greatly reduced irrigation requirements, which can be provided by desalination, and improved growing conditions."
@indie not all conceptual, it says they would build one 2012.. See proofs of concepts on their site dating back to 1994, and latest new site 2017.. https://seawatergreenhouse.com/somaliland also see a paper on there.
It'd be nice to know how well it works.. it comes back at it in 2016. https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2016/01/14/100-taking-a-fresh-look-at-five-issues/
This 2012 article on it seems interesting https://www.greenhousemag.com/article/gm1212-seawater-greenhouse-solutions/ (not an assessment if it works well tho)
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