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 utilises the cooling and humidifying power of water vapour 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.
As a result operating costs are lower, yields increase, and farmers can benefit from year-round production of high-value horticultural produce.
Sustainable job growth - The system can thrive in even the harshest conditions and provides drought protection for local and regional growing industries
Climate rehabilitation - By rehydrating the landscape using water vapour derived from seawater, our technology creates a humid microclimate that promotes plant growth both inside and outside the greenhouse.
Reduced operating cost - A Seawater Greenhouse provides all the energy and water that it needs, meaning that it is immune to price fluctuations of fossil fuel inputs.