Hydroponics + Icebergs = Fresh Produce in Greenland

March 18, 2014 - 16:48

Hydroponics and icebergs are not two words you hear together very often. But that could change in the future.

Arctic Harvester, one of the entries in the 2013 Jacques Rougerie Foundation International Architecture Competition has proposed the creation of a large-scale hydroponic growing operation that would float in the waters off of the coast of Greenland.

The facility also would house 800 people in a compact urban community inspired by vertically oriented, bayside Greenlandic villages.

The doughnut-shaped hydroponic farm would “harvest” melted fresh water from the icebergs to grow the crops. It would be powered using an osmotic power system that generates power from a mixture of saltwater and freshwater and solar panels that would take advantage of the region’s long summer days.

The produce grown in the Arctic Harvester could then be sold in Greenland helping to alleviate its dependence on other countries for freshly grown food.

The concept for the floating hydroponic farm and village was the brainchild of French architecture students Meriem Chabani, Etienne Chobaux, John Edom and Maeva Leneveu. The students are currently looking for funding to build a small prototype of the Arctic Harvester.

You can see a variety of images of the Arctic Harvester on the Fast Company website and on Meriem Chabani’s website.

Does your company have any large or small plans (probably not as large as the Arctic Harvester) to get in the hydroponics business? Drop me a line at thodson@sgcmail.com and let me know if hydroponics is in your future.

— Tim

 

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