How about a solar powered floating greenhouse? Want one? I do. Dubbed the Jellyfish Barge, it’s a 750 square foot octagonal-shaped barge which floats atop recycled plastic barrels. It is capable of supporting and providing up to two families with healthy organic food.
“… Jellyfish Barge is a floating agricultural greenhouse, able to purify salt, brackish or polluted water using solar energy. Jellyfish Barge is built with low-cost technologies and simple materials, also appropriate to the self-construction paradigm. It consists of a wooden base of about 70 square meters that floats on recycled plastic drums and supports a glass greenhouse for crop cultivation….” Pnat.net – Jellyfish Barge Greenhouse
“The Jellyfish Barge has an innovative automated system with remote monitoring and control. Required water is supplied by 7 solar desalination units arranged around the perimeter that are able to produce up to 150 liters per day of clean fresh water from salt, brackish, or polluted water. Solar distillation is a natural phenomenon: in the seas, the sun’s energy evaporates water, which then falls as rain water.
The solar desalination system of the Jellyfish Barge replicates this phenomenon on a smaller scale, sucking in moist air and forcing it to condense within the drums in contact with the cold surface of the sea. The low energy required to power fans and pumps is provided by solar panels, mini wind turbines and an innovative system that exploits waves to produce electricity.” Pnat.net – Jellyfish Barge Greenhouse
The Jellyfish Barge is perhaps the coolest and most practically efficient and environmentally friendly greenhouse I’ve ever seen.
This is what sustainability is all about.