28 March, 2009

Vertical Farming with Seawater

gismag.com

"The vertical farm features a soaring spire with pod-like ‘sky-gardens’ branching off to give it an organic feel in keeping with designers aims to create a clean, green, sustainable source of food for a more self-sufficient Dubai. The concept makes use of the Seawater Greenhouse process, which uses seawater to cool and humidify the air that ventilates the greenhouse and sunlight to distill fresh water from seawater to enable the year round cultivation of high value crops that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to grow in hot, arid regions such as Dubai. This is in stark contrast to costly and energy intensive desalination plants that rely on boiling and pumping to produce fresh water."

Only at concept stage right now, so in other words, the details of how the thing would actually work have yet to be thought through. I wonder if it also rotates?

Click the above link to read the whole article and see 7 drawings.


Sustainability. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?


Meh - get the solar power farms working first.

8 comments:

Abu Dhabi Blogger said...

Vertical farms... there's no end to it in DBX, is there? I think they will have to deliver what is already being built before even thinking of aerial farms.

A Blessing in Tragedy said...

So more crap that they will build then pass on the bill to Abu Dhabi?

This looks like something right out of the frikkin jetsons. Fine, A palm in the gulf, ok. And made made springs, fine, ok. This?

This is madness. Pure and simple. I can make a list of things that Dubai and the UAE could be dealing with before this sci-fi crap.

Charlie H. Ettinson said...

A blessing, there may well be other thinks that Dubai needs (I am in no position to know) but if this concept is workable, it's amazing. Imagine what it could do for not only Dubai, but other places like Singapore, take your pick of tiny island nations, Israel, the list goes on. It's amazing.

i*maginate said...

My initial reaction was 'this is a post from sarcastic_guy'

The spaceship, whatever it is, is probably just one of those hi-tech things that is or was being pitched to Dubai and the supplier probably put it on the website as leverage to lure investors from other countries because Dubai wasn't interested, and/or funds issue!

Wouldn't the cranes would have to spring back into full swing before we see a spaceship or the likes invested in? Hmm!

A Blessing in Tragedy said...

Charlie H. Ettinson said...
A blessing, there may well be other thinks that Dubai needs (I am in no position to know) but if this concept is workable, it's amazing. Imagine what it could do for not only Dubai, but other places like Singapore, take your pick of tiny island nations, Israel, the list goes on. It's amazing.

Ok, I will agree if this is doable, it would be something. BUT we are talking about (And I do love my country) a country that cant even build a car yet. We dont have an Emarati car company. not a real production one anyways (Sand rails and dune buggies dont count) so do you really think this amazing life changing technology will be created here?

No.

Next, Dubai has... NO MONEY. Or almost none. Instead of trying this shit out, why not invest in trying to naturalize the estimated 50-90 THOUSAND stateless people here so that they have what their own cousins have. Their rights.

That would cost far less than this. If I want to see this, I'll pop out a babylon 5 DVD.

B.D. said...

Nice to see that the spirit if innovation in Dubai survives post meltdown! Great new ideas often get laughed at, but that's why we're not still living in caves.

Charlie H. Ettinson said...

A Blessing, I don't disagree with you. Like I said, I'm in no position to know what Dubai's real needs are.

My comment is really more focused on the innovation itself. If such a thing is possible, it could have huge implications, all over the world.

A Blessing in Tragedy said...

And I agree with you, but I think you are being way too optimistic about this. Anyhow, we'll see what comes of this. Like that rotaing tower, or the tower that looked like a Khaleeji guy... or six flags... WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THAT? I have to fly thousands of miles for roller coasters still?

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