Floating Arctic Harvester Farm Uses Water from Melting Icebergs to Feed Greenland

by , 03/04/14

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The floating hydroponic farm uses melting icebergs as a massive resource for growing fruit and vegetables. The structure is shaped as a traditional village-the circular form encompasses a central bay in which melting icebergs are gathered. The freshwater goes to the hydroponic greenhouses on board to be used to grow foods that can be delivered to towns along the coast of Greenland, which would otherwise have to import fruits and vegetables. The floating structure can accommodate up to 800 people – a community of host workers and farmers that would stay on board for months at a time.

Related: a Darker Arctic is Making the Earth Warm Faster

The energy needed for moving would be generated through an osmotic system that generates power from a mixture of saltwater and freshwater while solar panels would provide additional power. Currently, the designers, who are working with are working consultancy firm Polarisk Analytics, are seeking for funding to build small-scale prototypes.

The project treats global warming as inevitable and puts melting polar ice to pragmatic use. Instead of preventing this devastating scenario, Arctic Harvester deals exploits it.

+ Arctic Harvester

Via FastCo.Exist

Related: New Study Shows Sea Levels Will Rise Two Feet in Just 70 Years

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  1. Juli Prochazka April 5, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    This design is not original. It was already developed and displayed at a Canadian national science event almost a year ago. Check it out on Twitter: @arcticfloating.

  2. SaadC March 8, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Icebergs come from glaciers extending into the sea, they’re freshwater based on everything I’ve read.


    Heating might be a little difficult but this can probably be done with other methods. As the article points out, it’s beyond unconventional.

  3. archonic March 5, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    It’s blows my mind the amount of work that goes into the design of things that could be debunked with a high-school level science education. What made the designer of this thing think icebergs are made of freshwater? The parts that were made with precipitation are, but the poles are largely desert. As in very very little precipitation. Icebergs are saline.

    And what about heating? Does the designer seriously think he can keep 800 people comfortable while floating in 0 degree water with some solar panels?

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