A greenhouse floating solar energy


If you pass by the Dock of Pisa will notice something strange float on water. This is not a big barge or a small island, but the result of research developed by a group you guys Italian. The project, a greenhouse Modular floating that uses solar energy to produce food, is called Jellyfish Barge and was designed by PNAT, startup founded in 2014, and built with the help of the University of Florence and the support of the Tuscany Region. As Camilla explains Pandolfi, CEO PNAT, this big raft will change the way we grow fruits and vegetables." Jellyfish Barge comes from the desire to find a solution to the problems with which we deal very soon. "In 2050 the world population will reach 10 billion and the demand for food will grow by 60-70%. - Explains Camilla - Jellyfish Barge is our solution to survive in a world that will increasingly scarce resources and a growing need for food. "Built with cheap materialsIt is made of a greenhouse built on the floating platform. In the structure, thanks to hydroponic cultivation, we can grow plants without wasting water and use the soil. A raft as big as the one that floats in the Dock of Pisa can support the needs of two families of four, but a larger facility could ensure the livelihood of an entire community. "The prototype that you can see in Pisa is constructed with low cost materials, assembled with simple technologies and can be easily realized. It consists of a wooden base of about 70 square meters, which floats on recycled plastic drums, and a greenhouse glass supported by a wooden structure. " Within the greenhouse, there is a system of sophisticated technologies that exploit the practice hydroponics.Hydroponics to save water"Thanks to hydroponic cultivation which requires the recycling and liquids, you can save up to 70% water. Also, inside the greenhouse float, water is made sweet by solar desalination plants arranged around the perimeter, which they can produce each day up to 150 liters of clean fresh water from salt water, brackish or polluted. " The overall operation of the system is guaranteed by an automation system with remote monitoring and control."We would love to one day see a system of greenhouses connected to each other. They could also be used to redevelop abandoned port areas ". For the moment the project very interested restaurateurs and owners of 5-star hotel that would exploit willingly greenhouse to attract visitors. "Our greenhouse besides being useful is also very beautiful. Precisely for this reason we were contacted by the owners of luxurious resorts in the Pacific Islands who would see Jellyfish Barge in their resort. The greenhouse floating in these areas could also solve the problem of the import of fruits and vegetables. " Not only that, many restaurant owners may use the greenhouse to grow organic products at zero distance. "With Jellyfish Barge can grow up to 800 plants per month, enough for the needs of a restaurant."JellyFish Barge finalist at the United NationsThe project team Tuscan also really like in Europe and has been selected among the five finalists of the United Nations "UNECE Ideas for Change Award". Camilla does not hide his enthusiasm for this important opportunity: "On April 14 PNAT will be in Geneva with Professor Stefano Mancuso of the University of Florence. At the Palais des Nations delegates from 56 member countries and a panel of experts will vote for the final winner. We will do our best to win but to be among the five finalists for a premium world is already a nice recognition! ""

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