Solar Powered Floating Farm Could Provide 9855 Tons Of Food Per Year

in #technology5 years ago

As solar energy is quickly rising in efficiency and lowering in price, more creative solutions are being devised to fully bring this technology into widespread mainstream use.

One possible idea that opens many possibilities for solar power, is solar farms that actually float on water.

According to recent reports, one company named Forward Thinking Architecture from Barcelona, Spain is taking this idea a step further, by farming food as well as energy from the sun.

The company has estimated that their project will yield at least 8,152 tons of vegetables a year and 1,703 tons of fish a year.

Javier F. Ponce, one of the minds behind the project said that, “Facing the current challenges of cities growing, land consumption and climate change, I believe projects like the Smart Floating Farms can help change some of the existing paradigms which have led us to the present situation and open new possibilities which can improve the quality of human life and the environment. 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.”

As we reported last year, other companies have also been setting up solar panels out in the water.

Kyocera and Century Tokyo Leasing recently announced the construction of the world’s largest floating solar factory. The factory will generate electricity just off the coast of Japan, where many people are seeking renewable sources of energy in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster.

The site will be located on Yamakura Dam, which is in Ichihara City, Chiba Prefecture, in Japan. This is a great innovation not just because Japan is short on space, but also because it allows the solar panels to operate more efficiently, because the water acts as a natural cooling system.

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I doubt we’ll see this ever in production. The cost to create and maintain a system like this would be astronoical. I’m sure it will also have a negative impact on the aquatic life around it. It will also need to be located in an ocean that is generally calm. The waves and rocking will no doubt affect what can be grown here.

It will be less expensive to build on water soon enough though right? The land costs are outrageous as well.

No, too much engineering. It’s cost will always be way too much for the food produced. Land isn’t expensive everywhere, just by major cities. If we are this desperate to grow feed, the population needs to start steadily decreasing. Growing foods instead of lawns should be the first measure before we start bioengineering and growing food on floating farms.

that should be great for the coastal ecosystems

I just got my power bill. Lol. New ideas please! Thanks for sharing. :). Joy

If your in the U.S . I purchased and installed my own and have a little less than 10k into mine . My setup is 5kw. All it takes is a little time and research . Produced kWh today. The cost comes from laziness of others not doing there due research before jumping into things.

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Nice photography.. 👍

Yes.... I like it

Hope is alive & well. Anarchist can really take an idea like this to grow our movement (pun intended! L.O.L.!).

wow, incredible how the manufacturing process that would require tremendous energy as well 👍👍

Renewable energy is the future i just hope Africa would embrace it too especially with our abundant sunlight

solar energy is the new 5D energy source from now and into the future...thanks mate for this expository informative post

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I wanna live on one of those. That would be interesting, floating city farms. Where people grow the food and live on the farm just floating out in the ocean.

If this works as planned, it'll b a great innovation.

The things that could help the planet and you rarely hear about it the and I thought that Kyocera was over with but they just took a different route wow thanks👌👍👏😂

Harvesting salt from desalinization processing? Photovoltaic panels? I did research on the topic of renewables. At the time the most efficient PV panels I was able to find were produced by Technique Solar. Looks like a nice project.

Wow way cool, we currently live off grid and our main source of power is solar. The cost has come down tremendously. The first 100 watt panels I bought a number of years ago cost 500 dollars or around 5 dollars a watt. Now you can buy them for around $120 or $1.20 . You can save a ton by installing a system yourself, it is very basic electrical wiring.

I smile now for more than one reason when the sun shines.

I work closely with the building industry in California and if that farm was constructed on land it would start with $260,000 worth of permits and utility connections. That's mandated and that's before any construction is started. Can we avoid gov reg by building on water? Sausalito, says no. If it's just about costs, this might be the answer soon. Great read.

What a cool idea. I firmly believe we are not doing everything we can to feed the people of this planet. Everyone should have enough to eat, and could, were it not for the greedy would-be overlords. This is an excellent idea that should be of benefit to many people.

I've heard a lot about solar energy, but I haven't heard of such farms on the water. I think, this will solve many problems, but the cost of such a project is high. And perhaps it is necessary to foresee a negative impact on the water world

This is great! What they can also do in the future hopefully miniaturize them into barges that can independently traverse the water with low energy consumption. They can then operate as a mobile disaster relief force, providing aid to areas that have just faced natural disasters and areas that cannot set up their own naval fleet. Hopefully this can happen sooner than later but this is a great step forward nonetheless.

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