The world has used up 70-80% of land that can be used for traditional farming while our population continues to grow rapidly. What can be done? Well, we can grow food in controlled environments improving efficiency and place them on rooftops or integrate them into buildings. We can also practice more urban agriculture and promote at home food production with smart design. This post introduces a new idea: farming our food on ships that are zero-net energy and designed as self supporting systems. Check out this images of the EQUINOX farming ships. Pretty darn cool!
The design group has conceptualized a self-sufficient, carbon neutral floating offshore farming platform – the Equinox. The Equinox is intended to serve coastal regions with an emphasis on areas with dense population lacking adequate land for food production. The Equinox runs on an electrical propulsion system that is fueled by renewable energy collected by the platform’s onboard solar and wind generators.
The platform also harvests rainwater and desalinates seawater for use within the floating farm. Premium crops are to be grown with the Equinox using hydroponic methods. The greenhouse nurtures crops and protects them from environmental exposure at sea. The platform also has the ability to anchor at the most suitable food growing locations at sea, and after the produce is ready to be harvested, the platform can come back at the shore.