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Desert Farm Uses Seawater Greenhouses to Cultivate Fresh Food, Water and Clean Energy

Desert Farm Uses Seawater Greenhouses to Cultivate  Fresh Food, Water and Clean Energy

Innovative technology is changing the agricultural landscape as never before. Now, the world is being introduced to the creation of lush, green desert farms. The forward-thinkers at The Sahara Forest Project are turning arid land, saltwater and sunlight and carbon dioxide into fresh food, fresh water, and clean energy.

The Sahara Forest Project teamed up with leading fertilizer companies, Yara and Qafco to build the first fully-operational Sahara Forest Project Pilot Plant in Qatar and it’s impressive. Using saltwater-cooled greenhouses, an ideal environment for growth is created. This allows for the year-round cultivation of high-value vegetable crops.



Additionally, solar power is used for electricity and heat generation. By taking advantage of the sun’s energy, heat is produced and used to make steam to operate a steam turbine, which in turn drives a generator to produce electricity.

Using advanced technologies and practices of desert revegetation and transporting saltwater to the desert win-win for many sectors. It’s casting a wide net by creating opportunities for businesses to develop in the vicinity. These opportunities include salt extraction, traditional desalination, algae production, and bioenergy, among many others.

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