Jellyfish barge for sustainable crop cultivation

studiomobile jellyfish barge floating greenhouse designboomstudiomobile jellyfish barge floating greenhouse designboomResponding to predictions that the world’s population will grow to almost 10 billion within the next 40 years, Italian design office Studiomobile has developed a module for crop cultivation that does not reply on either soil, fresh water or chemical energy consumption. Dubbed the ‘jellyfish barge’, the project is envisioned as a floating agricultural greenhouse, able to purify salt, brackish or polluted water using solar energy. studiomobile jellyfish barge floating greenhouse designboomThe design is built using low-cost technologies and simple materials. It consists of a 70 square meter wooden base that floats on recycled plastic drums and supports a glass greenhouse for crop cultivation. Inside the structure, a high-efficiency hydroponic harvesting method provides up to 70% of water savings compared to traditional systems, while required water is supplied by seven solar desalination units. Arranged around the perimeter of the greenhouse, these devices are able to produce up to 150 litres of clean fresh water each day.

The modular nature of the design also means that while a single element is completely autonomous, a combination or cluster of barges is able to create a stronger and more resilient organism.studiomobile jellyfish barge floating greenhouse designboomstudiomobile jellyfish barge floating greenhouse designboom

a high-efficiency hydroponic harvesting method provides up to 70% of water savings
photo by matteo de mayda

studiomobile jellyfish barge floating greenhouse designboom
Required water is supplied by seven solar desalination units. The barge can produce 150 litres of clean fresh water each day. A wooden base floats on recycled plastic drums and supports a glass greenhouse; also, the modular nature of the design means that a combination of barges is able to create a more resilient organism.studiomobile jellyfish barge floating greenhouse designboom

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