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Energy Globe Award

With more than 182 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award Somalia 2018

Submitted by: Seawater Greenhouse
Restorative agriculture with the Seawater Greenhouse

Seawater Greenhouse has built a pilot facility in Somaliland that combines evaporative cooling using seawater, solar PV powered reverse osmosis (RO) desalination, photo-selective shade cladding and sea salt into one integrated system. The site is completely closed-loop and off grid, producing all the power and water needed for intensive cultivation under shade net of high value horticultural produce.

Initial situation
The growth in demand for water and the increasing shortages are two of the most predictable scenarios of the 21st century. Agriculture accounts for 70% of global water use and is the primary pressure point. A shortage of water also affects the carbon cycle as shrinking forests reduce the rate of carbon capture, and disrupts the regulating influence that trees and vegetation have on our climate – especially precipitation.

Working with a commercial partner, in 2011, Seawater Greenhouse was commissioned to design and build a 2000 m2 pilot in. Seawater, treated by reverse osmosis and powered by solar PV, provides irrigation and drinking water. The result is a self-sustaining system that produces high yields of horticultural produce, fodder and salt. The pilot has since scaled 100 fold to 20 hectares and is producing 15% of Australia’s tomatoes.

Seawater Greenhouse (SG) has produced an all-new design that is optimized for the prevalent conditions in the Horn of Africa. Using advanced modelling and simulation techniques, they have developed a system that makes maximum use of ambient environmental conditions, greatly reducing cost and complexity of the greenhouse. In contrast, Seawater Greenhouse is a ‘cool house,’ which provides cooling and humidification to enable and optimize plant growth in a hot environment.

Involved partners
Aston University and the Pastoral and Environmental Network Horn of Africa (PENHA).

Capital: Mogadishu
Official language: Somali, Arabic
Total area: 637.657 km²
Population: 10.428.043
GDP/Capita/Year: $600
Source: Wikipedia 2012