The 6 types of hydroponic systems! in one neat graphic.
A simple breakdown of every system out there used in soil-less indoor environments or in our case the ocean top.
Floating greenhouses that solar distill the freshwater they use, making for a land, water and energy neutral form of scale-able agriculture.
The user is any co-operative of individuals or private corporation that is interested in enabling a sizable food production operation in a coastal city. Given that over 3 out of 5 mega-cities are coastal, a rather large global user base could be drawn to this technology. Anybody interested in the idea of modular acreage of farm grow-space to supply to grocery stores or restaurant establishments within a city would seek out a manufacturer of these floating dome greenhouses and deploy it with the appropriate legal permitting required for close to the price of a family car/acre. This greenhouse works as a contained system for every resource but weekly nutrient input, allowing a high potential for automation if the user so desires/if there is a shortage of human resource.
When approaching the problem of feeding 9 billion people from the macro-scale, consider that humanity has to operate all of its agricultural activity on close to 15% (half of the land area) without expanding further into the few remaining wild-lands. This calls for an intensification into the existing footprint. The continued urbanization of mankind only further aids the process of containing human impact. A new model of low impact-low input expansion into underutilized real estate, that has ample solar radiation and water combined with agriculture where it’s needed most-cities. If executed appropriately, this could add significantly to the blue-green economy, that enables resilience in the age of rapid sea level rise. The scale-ability of this is as vast as the ocean.
Our mission is the development and deployment of the floating greenhouse in an experimental and open source way. Beginning with careful city and site selection, the process will involve refining the design that is integrated in the coastal space. Once developed, the prototype greenhouse will serve as a model for the economic viability. Given that the regulatory and social framework for a system as novel as this still needs to be explored in detail, we firmly believe that an effective public-private partnership will also need to be forged to involve the local city councils. Upon the demonstration and completion of an exemplary model in a selected pilot city, we will be seeking corporate partners to scale up operations and to eventually work out the nuances of a functional, efficient system