Solar-powered floating farms that can produce 20 tons of vegetables every day

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This next design is an innovative and new approach to traditional farming. It is an amazing solar powered floating island which is covered with several farms and was created by Forward Thinking Architecture. The floating islands work in a very energy efficient way, harvesting sunlight and rainwater, this way creating a sustainable environment. These floating farms can produce even 20 tons of vegetables daily. The great advantage of this invention is that such farms can be built all around the world, even in places that are hardly accessible or not suitable for farming. This will encourage locals to grow their own food and reduce the amount of imported goods, saving money and giving birth to lots of new jobs. To learn more about these amazing floating farms, check the link below for additional details.

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 Each module measure 200×350 meters and can connect with other modules via walkways.

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Each module is estimated to produce 8,152 tons of vegetables a year and 1,703 tons of fish a year.

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41 Responses to “Solar-powered floating farms that can produce 20 tons of vegetables every day”

  1. Tamer Salama says:

    Hi all
    this is a good idea if I want building it in Egypt how can you help me with support and how much it costs?
    many thanks
    yours
    tamer salama

    • Adam says:

      Hello Tamer

      My name is Adam. I am from Australia and I work internationally with sustainability projects including food production systems.

      If you would like some support to design and plan a project like this, with the floating food production systems, let me know.

      My team can provide services to help.
      Website at naturalhabitats.com.au and pacificsanctuaries.com

      Kind regards
      Adam
      EM: adam@naturalhabitats.com.au

  2. George mwebembezi says:

    Please send me.update, iam so inspired.Thx

  3. EMRUL HASSAN says:

    Dear sir.

    Thanks for the idea . I would likeSolar-powered floating farms that can produce 20 tons of vegetables. To establish this type of farm in my country where should I get the full project details ?

    • Germán Maldonado says:

      I believe this is just a design.
      Floating farms already exist for fish. I would not be difficult to build one for farming since solar paneling and low voltage electronics are available worldwide.

  4. GroGeo says:

    It’s great to see companies like Forward Thinking Architecture designing buildings that have very little impact on the environment, if any. GroGeo has designed and already built a ‘near zero carbon footprint’, indoor hybrid greenhouse in Colorado. We hope to see more companies around the globe commit to sustainable agriculture.

  5. Siva Das says:

    Please forgive me for being sceptical but I would think the extraction of and manufacturing materials to build and transport the materials would be merely additional damage to the environment and economy. The people who are to work on them would have to travel there and the tons of food supposedly produced would still have to be transported and distributed so it hardly seems like it would solve any problems at all ..merely creating more problems pretending to solve another.

    • Monika says:

      I think you have a point…..I am also wondering where the waste products go?…..

    • Lynny Bishop says:

      I agree, There seems to be no area for storage for all equipment and machinery, growing seedling plants, packing room for vegetables, wastage would be a problem, lunchrooms, restrooms, office space, the list goes on and on.

    • Nick Lento says:

      That is a negative, irrational and antagonistic trolling of the actual idea.

      The project as described would provide massive quantities of food in a relatively tiny space utilizing mostly renewable solar energy. The idea is precisely to have food grown locally thereby making the supply chains shorter, more efficient, cleaner and cheaper.

      A green planet Earth doesn’t mean eliminating all indudtrial production and/or transportation. The idea is to do it cleanly and in an overall greenhouse gas neutral manner. This project would be a net conservator of greenhuse gases as opposed to existing food production methods.

    • Michael says:

      you hit the nail on the head

    • Toshio says:

      Incredibly negative response to this innovative thinking. I suppose you prefer the current food production model?

  6. Simon See says:

    Hi if someone in Malaysia interested in the project, do let me know so I can join in the project. Thanks.

  7. matt h says:

    Great idea! What happens when a big wave hits?

  8. Sandy says:

    I’m all for advancing technology but at the same time it’s immensely sad that this is becoming necessary. As farmland is slowly eaten away, sold off, built on, we won’t have land left to grow vegetables any more. Years and years down the road will we then have to worry about running out of room on the water?? Space on this earth is not finite people. New, untouched ground does not just pop up somewhere when we tear down trees and build that new shopping center/townhome community/commercial development.

  9. debra hinkle says:

    I am interested in acquiring a starter kit and need price info.

  10. Diane says:

    Creative, but I don’t see any defenses against sea lions, any of several bird species, or any pest that would invade and destroy the produce and fish being grown on these floating farms. Nice idea, but needs more work.

  11. Itsamoe says:

    20 tone daily
    You will need 38 acres
    That’s would cost you around 15 to 18 million dollar
    Good luck

  12. Travis says:

    What about in the event if hurricanes?? Are these reinforced , and anchored, well enough to sustain a heavy impact?

  13. Richard says:

    So each module is the length of an aircraft carrier? How does it compare in cost to a similar sized vessel? I take it you are talking about freshwater applications? Tides and larger waves on the ocean would make this idea unfeasible.

  14. Attila says:

    Bad idea ??‍♂️ Not only is it that solar panels are very toxic for environment difficult to recycle and need be replaced often.. but the run off to waste water from farms is very damaging. Let’s count in the factors of having to ship in minerals and nutrients for the plants to grow. This takes mining and delivering. Another capitalist idea. It just so happens many of the nutrients and minerals used in farming today is a byproduct of oil industry. Not to mention pesticide. Let’s stop farming where we shouldn’t let’s stop fighting nature it will continue to fight us back.

  15. Attila says:

    Bad idea ??‍♂️ Not only is it that solar panels are very toxic for environment difficult to recycle and need be replaced often.. but the run off to waste water from farms is very damaging. Let’s count in the factors of having to ship in minerals and nutrients for the plants to grow. This takes mining and delivering. Another capitalist idea. It just so happens many of the nutrients and minerals used in farming today is a byproduct of oil industry. Not to mention pesticide. Let’s stop farming where we shouldn’t let’s stop fighting nature it will continue to fight us back.

  16. Betty says:

    How to withstand terrible storms???

  17. Trevor Munian says:

    Hi If we want to setup something similar in South Africa. What are the requirements? Process, Cost, etc.

  18. Geela says:

    This looks really interesting, but post is from 2015.
    A couple of concerns: fish farming is one of the world’s most damaging industries due to medication & diseases from fish grown in unnatural environment at too close quarters, having to be medicated & these spreading to wild fish & into the sea around & further. How is this design different? Thanks
    Also the advertising on this page is very much toxic chemicals industries, & related Corporations Bayer & also Biomass combustion energy is not green at all as it is currently more wood than we can grow, so trees are being sacrificed from other countries & shipped across at great cost & environmental expense.. Who is funding this project??

  19. lesley albien says:

    Presumably this only works in freshwater lakes?

  20. Margaret Delano says:

    Would love to get blue prints copies

  21. Nick Lento says:

    That is a negative, irrational and antagonistic trolling of the actual idea.

    The project as described would provide massive quantities of food in a relatively tiny space utilizing mostly renewable solar energy. The idea is precisely to have food grown locally thereby making the supply chains shorter, more efficient, cleaner and cheaper.

    A green planet Earth doesn’t mean eliminating all indudtrial production and/or transportation. The idea is to do it cleanly and in an overall greenhouse gas neutral manner. This project would be a net conservator of greenhuse gases as opposed to existing food production methods.

  22. Rose Margiotta says:

    Any time anyone has a humanistic idea there will be sceptics. Good for you to think ahead. Humanity needs all the help you can give to the next generation. I’m older and did my part every day of my life in small ways and when I leave this life it’s nice to know you younger people care so much to do this venture and more. God bless you.

  23. Hennie says:

    I’m retired but would like to be involved in any duch development….very exciting idea and the solution to some if the worlds problems….call me anytime!

  24. Nasser Yahya Allamki says:

    BrainChild of this organization should advise FAO-UN or ministry of Agriculture of Developing Counttries.It will be a very big favor for Humanity.God Bless This Organization for the good Work. Pls Help?

  25. Marcelo says:

    I’ll still just doing the same thing on land and not worrying about such logistics issues… also it’s not sustainable if you need to import stuff from many kms away

  26. John Tomson says:

    This is incredible

  27. Ahmed says:

    Hi If we want to setup something similar in Maldives. What are the requirements? Process, Cost, etc

  28. Yamila Acosta-Flamma says:

    Hi, do you export the islands to Europe? I need to manage one or two of those . I live at the sea. Does it work with salty water? I do not think so… plants need sweet water.
    Please let me know if you deliver those island ready built.

  29. Sara says:

    I see a handful of insightful comments actually concerned with the environmental impact this idea could have on our oceans. We’ve already ravaged so much of the earth…..better everyone just figure out how to grow their own. Not a fan.

  30. Heather Schafer says:

    I think its a great idea. With land becoming more scarce. By the looks of it , its completely covered in so the sea critters wont have access to it. And the bugs and insects would be minimal. What makes it different to on the land? It doesnt matter which way you go, people still have to travel to work a farm, also as for cartage, you still need it for on the land as well as on water. It generates its own power. But the fresh water to water the plants is a question mark. Rain water tanks are great but there is that chance you would run out. So there would have to be a pipeline from the mainland to sustain everything. But on the whole a great idea.

  31. Lisabeth Sterling says:

    I have often heard the phrase, “A boat is a hole in the water into which you throw money”
    Land based might be cheaper. And, fresh water waste from the fish could be used to fertilize crop plants.

  32. Erik Pihl says:

    This looks like bullshit

    Why use solar cells instead of just direct light, the latter has higher efficiency and lower cost.

    Fish farming is connected with a lot of negative environmental impact such as local pollution, pests and farmed fish escaping. Some species eat more wild fish than what is produced in the farm. Has this been carefully considered?

    What impact do fliating farms have locally? – they will most likely shadow and kill the sea grass, reef or other life below.

    I advice anyone to scrutinize these types of design solutions carefully before buying into something that is expensive and creates more problems than they solve.

  33. Arben Caslli says:

    This is a great iea and may be it needs some more support on teh take off steps. How can we have more details aboiut this project and how we can help?

    regards
    Arben

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