BARCELONA, SPAIN — A Barcelona-based company has developed a solar powered floating farm system that could ease growing food demand around the world.
Smart Floating Farms, otherwise known as SFF, was developed by Forward Thinking Architecture. The idea was inspired by traditional grid-shape fish farms in Asia.
The structure is 200 meters wide and 350 meters long, which is roughly the size of 6 football fields. They can be connected to form a cluster of modules.
The floating farm has three levels: the top level is installed with photovoltaic panels to harvest sunlight for electricity and it has rainwater collectors for irrigation purposes; second level serves as a greenhouse for the vegetables, which are grown without soil under the hydroponic system; and the ground level is used as a fish farm on the open sea, as well as a fish egg hatchery, a slaughterhouse and a storage room for the fish.
All the modules are centrally controlled by software via Cloud technology. The production data will be analysed and can be used to make comparisons on food needs for specific cities.
Each SFF is estimated to have a maximum production of 8.152 tons of vegetables and 1.703 tons of fish per year. The floating farms are ideal for densely populated cities near coastal areas such as Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong.
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The Story behind this idea started from Aquaponics (used already worldwide in various scopes, i.e. such as in Containers with a Glasshouse on top, where a Fish Farm (inside the container) feeds the vegetable growing in the glass house above on top of the container); However, the idea of Floating Farms / SMART Floating Farms @ForwardThinkingArchitects received now various prizes and scientific merits at various contests and it is close to the PoC and Roll-out on a international scale. The ability to use renewable energies such as SolarPanels and alike as a dedicated software behind to power such a Floating Farm makes it a SMART Floating Farm; Secured Sourcing has developed a unique IoT solution (Mechatronics / MecatronicSystems Engineering) to power such SMART Floating Farms with an App controlling the entire production.
Fred, what makes you say this? If you look into the "history" of the idea you will eventually come across the Hydroponics and Aquaponic systems here for over 50 years! You can educate yourself, by looking and 100.ooo of local "Aquapomic" projectvideos on Youtube or vimeo located by now all over the world, sometimes in the poorest societies! Now, if you look at recent developments on urbanization, don´t you think it makes sense to produce the fish and vegetables near to the local market of the consumer, the supermarket in order to reduce product costs or the green footprint hence, tons of fuel for logistics flying, shippping, driving food and vegetables around to your market?
Sir, costs are pending the size and location a SFF is build at. I
Also, in Germany, we have managed a entire eco-system for various cities, invloving local supermarkets & energy providers (both within the business model as paying entities!) and educational departments to finance the model.
CAPEX / OPEX are postive with a 7.5 ROI!
This had better be a closed-loop, regenerative system because nothing will be more counter-productive than letting fertilizer/nitrogen runoff from the hydroponics get into the ocean, where it will stimulate algae blooms, thus killing the fish. A zero impact plant food like TerraCycle should be considered, but it would be easier to use a portion of the raised fish for fertilizer.
As to cost efficiency: This approach has major capital requirements but is cheap from an operational standpoint. There are zero land costs, zero taxes, fertilizer costs, hopefully with micro-tubines added each barge can be autonomous and have enough battery power to run effectively for over 24 hours with no sunlight.
They could do this in lakes, and then use aquaponics which uses the water rich in nutrients from the fish instead of hydroponics, which uses a bunch of chemicals (fertilizer from bottles and powders.) Also, lakes tend to be more stable such as fewer waves, tropical storms, or hurricanes. We have so many lakes all over the continent. Why grow fresh water veggies in a salt water location? AND... another point is accessibility. Cities usually are formed alongside a reliable source of water; rivers/lakes. Supplying to these neighboring cities is where the harvested electricity would be best utilized. To reach less choppy seas, you have to travel further out, whereas on a lake, you can often reach it by canoe and other small water craft. Its a good concept, but hydroponics has a nasty little secret, ie chemicals, and the sea is only on the exterior coastal border, and not all countries have ocean access. Just something to think about...
This system isn't sustainable. The fish - nets are on open water, so their excrements falls down to the sea floor and destroys the local flora. And hydroponic planting needs a lot of fertilizers, mostly chemical due to the price. The solar on the roof reduce the maximum sun light going to the plants at least by 50%. So the plants are growing slower or need a lot of additional electric lightning.
Not quite right looking at the overall facts and complexity to the subject "food production". And, if we assume that global urbanization will increase significantly, the question still is valid how do we grow food in the future, considering the issues we face already on nutritional quality. By the way: the project is scalable, so nothing wrong with doing it on smaller scales!
How about reducing the human over-population problem. All of this technology is not worth anything if we run out of drinking water. This will guarantee more garbage dumped into the ocean. It will guarantee the alteration of natural light getting into the ocean. Now we can have even bigger feed lots for pollution problems. This is the nature of man, destroy something in the name of survival.
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Same can be said about females.
In the future the rich will keep females as pets and curiosities.
While most normal men will have sexbots and cloned sons.
The only value females add to society is their uterus.
Look around you, everything you see was made by a man trying to impress some dumb broad.
Those days are about over sweetheart.
A day will come when men stop thirsting for the golden vagina.
When that day comes our sons will hunt females for sport.
The facts vs the speculations of this video:
1) SPECULATION - if the hydroponic farms would be as productive on the ocean, as they have been in land-based facilities. While they have successfully grown hydroponic farms in space, those were in controlled environments, and NOT on the ocean, which is susceptible to severe storms and ocean-swells, especially in the more tropical regions.
2) FACT - fish farms have been grown successfully for decades in coastal regions, without any major fallout.
3) FACT - floating solar panel barges have been tested in waters near shorelines, and were found to work fairly well.
4) FACT - future food shortages are legit, as most of the governments of the United Nations realized this back in the early 1990s. They discovered that as the world population grew, the amount of food production and potable water, would not keep pace with the population (land usage issues, increasing crop failures, and contaminated water and land resources). As a result many governments have been investing in research like this, and in Genetically Modified food production, to offset the future shortages. Some government reports estimate that by the 2030s, that the average citizen of a 1st-world country, will spend over half of their income to buy food, while in 3rd-world countries, wide-spread famine would claim the lives of Billions.
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