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#FutureTech - Student's 'Floating Farm' Uses Natural Desalination Process to Water Crops
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#FutureTech - Student's 'Floating Farm' Uses Natural Desalination Process to Water Crops

Two of the most basic needs on this planet are food and fresh water. Fresh water is also needed to grow food as most plants will die in high saline conditions. With a projected 2m increase in sea levels and almost doubling of the population by the next century Floating Farms could feed a growing population on a planet becoming increasingly aquatic.

Leilah Clarke, a student at University of Sussex, created a ‘floating farm’ inspired by a project in Italy called Nemo’s Garden. Leilah’s design used the simple principle of condensation to create an environmentally friendly sea raft with a self-watering system for plants.

It works by water vapour rising up through the middle of the raft and condenses as fresh water on the inside of the dome. It then trickles down the sides and hydrates the plants. Because of the natural desalination process, there’s no need for pumps or filtration systems. This also means that as the weather gets hotter; more water evaporates, therefore reducing the risk of the plants dehydrating.

Find out more about the ‘Floating Farm’.



Author: DelAgua

Publish Date: 12.09.2018

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