A floating solar farm that helps to grow fresh vegetables at sea and feed thousands of people? Sounds crazy – but one architectural firm came up with the idea in an effort to reduce the possibility of a food security crisis.
Designers at Barcelona-based Forward Thinking Architecture put together the plans for a solar-powered floating farm to grow food and raise fish near some of the world’s biggest cities. According to founding architect Javier Ponce, “a floating solar farm offers an alternative avenue to feed coastal cities in a sustainable way.”
While traditional farming methods rely heavily on fossil fuels to transport produce around the world, floating farms located off the coast of major urban cities could make some foods more available to those areas, curbing the need for some long-distance imports.
The farm, which will be powered by rooftop solar panels, is not aimed at replacing traditional farming but is designed to be a flexible alternative to present methods of farming and food transportation. As the world’s population continues to grow, the demand for food is predicted to increase by 70% over the next 35 years.
It will be interesting to see if this project comes to life, amidst challenges, and how this vessel will generate enough power in order to be sustainable.