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A Solar-Powered Hydroponic Food Belt Could Green the Entire Arabian Peninsula

Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On August 22, 2014 @ 5:23 pm In carousel showcase,Environment,Gallery,Green Technology,Innovation,Renewable Energy,Sustainable Food | 1 Comment

OAXIS arabian desert, hydroponic farm, forward thinking architecture, spanish architects, renewable energy, photovoltaics, hydroponic technology, green technology, desert farming, water recycling [1]

OAXIS is designed to incorporate a prefabricated modular structures [2] with recycled steel. Several passive strategies would control the building’s environment while roof-mounted photovoltaic panels would supply enough energy for the facilities, the artificial LED lighting and the underground conveyor belt system. Excess energy would be fed into the city electric grid.

Related: 6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map [3]

Recycled water coming from the hydroponic farming technology will be used for irrigation [4]of the exterior vegetation, allowing plants and biodiversity to expand around the facilities. The crops-fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits-would be transported via the underground conveyor belts system.

There are several projects envisioning the use of solar energy and hydroponics in the region, but OAXIS is the first one to combine the two in order to create a self-sufficient prototype that could tackle food shortage, reduce the need for imports and promote renewable energy. It aims to transform the barren desert environment into a thriving crop-growing [5]area that relies on renewables to establish an efficient network across the entire Arabian Peninsula.

+ ForwardThinkingArchitecture [6]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2014/08/OAXIS-ForwardThinkingArchitecture-2.jpg

[2] prefabricated modular structures: http://inhabitat.com/tag/prefab-design/

[3] Related: 6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map: http://inhabitat.com/6-great-green-designs-that-put-south-africa-on-the-map/

[4] irrigation : http://inhabitat.com/smart-hydros-irrigation-system-saves-water-and-slashes-your-bills-by-60/

[5] crop-growing : http://inhabitat.com/tag/greenland-growing-crops/

[6] + ForwardThinkingArchitecture: http://www.forwardthinkingarchitecture.com/

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