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National ENERGY GLOBE Award 2015
The Seawater Greenhouse process is designed for hot, arid regions. It uses seawater for cooling and humidifying the environment in a greenhouse. Together with a degree of shade and shelter from the wind, it creates ideal conditions for the cultivation of crops that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to grow, owing to a lack of water and extreme temperatures. The efficacy of the Seawater Greenhouse is supported by data from several installations and thermodynamic modeling, confirming that it typically achieves 5-15°C cooling below ambient temperature. In each location, the viability of growing high value crops was demonstrated, all year round. Conventional greenhouses or ‘hothouses’ are generally energy intensive, requiring supplementary heat. The Seawater Greenhouse by contrast, uses the energy from the sun and the wind to drive the process. Solar PV is used to drive the pumps directly and the wind rives the evaporative cooling directly, resulting in zero carbon operation. The process is thus suited to off grid application, making use of the vast tracts of unused coastal regions, especially where desertification, salinization and over-abstraction of ground water prevents the cultivation of crops.
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When areas are wrought with desertification, it is almost impossible to establish a productive food source. This year’s National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Somalia built a greenhouse using seawater and solar power to cool it down enough and humidify it to create a perfect growing environment. The process is suited to off grid application, making use of the vast tracts of unused coastal regions, especially where desertification, salinization and over-abstraction of ground water prevent the cultivation of crops. Congratulations to this great initiative!