The Jellyfish Barge floating greenhouse grows enough for two families

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Studiomobile are a design office from Italy who have teamed up with Professor Stefano Mancuso from the University of Florence to come up with a floating greenhouse, known as the Jellyfish Barge. The aim of the project was to find a way of improving security of food in regions where there is very little arable land for agriculture. The floating greenhouse is able to work off-grid and it has its own clean water supply thanks to the built-in solar distillation system.

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The Jellyfish Barge is made up of a glass greenhouse on a wooden base measuring 70 square meters. It floats on the water by way of 96 recycled plastic drums that are attached underneath the structure. Being of modular design, more than one Jellyfish Barge can be attached to each other for expansion.


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The greenhouse takes the water it floats on and used this for irrigation. This can be river water, saltwater, or it could even be polluted water. Seven solar stills are on on-board and these treat the water making it safe to be used in the greenhouse.

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Studiomobile explained: "Solar distillation is a natural phenomenon: in the seas, the sun's energy evaporates water, which then falls as rain waterIn Jellyfish Barge the solar desalination system replicates this phenomenon in small-scale, sucking moist air and forcing it to condense into drums in contact with the cold surface of the sea. The low energy required to power fans and pumps is provided by systems exploiting renewable energy integrated in the structure."

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The floating greenhouse also makes use of a rainwater catchment system and it can produce more than 150 litres of fresh water each day. The Jellyfish Barge also has a hydroponic system that saves as much as 70% of water in comparison to using a standard hydroponic system and can also use 15% seawater so as to boost efficiency. The system is automated to offer remote monitoring and control of the hydroponics system.


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One Jellyfish Barge can produce enough food for supporting two families. At the moment, the floating greenhouse is still in the prototype stage and focus is now on bringing down the building costs along with optimising the system.



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