The future is here!
Due to population growth and climate change, feeding people becomes more and more difficult. We are at a crossroads and we have 2 options to choose from:
- Continue in the same manner and have famine, 0 nature, and an unbearable climate, therefore leading to a sick population or
- Change food systems, feed the population, use little resources, protect nature, balance climate and have a healthy population.
We believe that the future of plant production for human consumption is in hydroponic and aeroponic systems which combine technology with agriculture, therefore leading to high yield, stacked production on very little surface area.
Why hydroponic/aeroponic vertical farms?
Vertical farming is the practice of crop production in vertically stacked layers. This has the following benefits:
- Incredibly high crop yield
- Year-round production
- Fast growth & harvest rate
- Focus on quality & taste
- Crops are not affected by weather
- Sensors detect all the needs of plants
- Automation replaces routine work
- Low resource consumption
- Low exposure to disease, pesticides, and insecticides
- Several ecological crops can be cultivated at once
Our future vertical farms close to Bucharest will consist of:
- Mass agriculture close to cities – geodesic domes built out of ethyltetrafluoroethylene (ETFE). The shape and material of the construction is chosen by our chief engineer to be long lasting, easy to maintain, to run at maximum light absorption and energy efficiency. The farms are going to run on renewables such as solar panels (which surround each farm) and wind turbines, but they are also going to take full advantage of natural light. The heat created inside the domes is not going to be released into the atmosphere, but it is going to be captured and converted into electricity. And all solid and liquid waste will go through a process of recycling and composting. Compost can be used as natural fertiliser for baron land or sold to farmers.
- Conversion of abandoned buildings (such as schools, industrial hangars) into greenhouses (and covered in renewable energy technology)
- Small geodesic farms built on top of buildings in the city
- One geodesic dome used for educational purposes both for the mass public and the corporate world (designed for workshops, schools lessons, team building etc.)
- Two connected geodesic domes used for entertainment purposes (similar to the Eden Project in the UK and Therme in Romania) where we are going to have playgrounds, a spa, spaces for other activities, and shops where people can buy plants grown in our systems
- Two connected domes for research purposes where we plan on inviting academics to conduct research to both advance this technology and to engineer plants in such a way as to make them as nutritious and as sturdy as possible.