New Solar Powered Floating Farm Can Produce 8,152 Tons Of Vegetables And 1,703 Tons Of Fish A Year

Written by on May 29, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 0 Comments

Article Source: The Plaid Zebra

1_solar-floating-farm-750x400Javier F. Ponce and his team recently developed a sustainable floating garden system, run off of solar power, and estimated to produce over 8,152 tonnes of vegetables and 1,703 tonnes of fish a year.

Ponce is an architect and founder of Forward Thinking Architecture from Barcelona, Spain, a company dedicated to environmentally beneficial and societally progressive architecture and urban design. Their recent project is named Smart Floating Farms, and incorporates a number of sustainable farming methods, such as hydroponics, solar and aquaculture.

“Based on a Floating Multi-layered strategy which combines Aquaculture (fish), Hydroponics (crops) and Photovoltaics (solar power), we aim that these floating farms can be located close to areas where food is more needed and potentially become automated Farm Clusters run by the use of IT technologies/software.” Says Ponce on Forward Thinking Architecture’s website.

The farm would sit in a large body of water, as close as possible to the communities they’re intended to feed in order to reduce food miles and the carbon emissions produced by transportation. Smart Floating Farms’ design was inspired by the rectangular floating fish farms used in Asia, each farm measuring 200 meters by 350 meters.

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