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Smart Floating Farm: Forward Thinking Architecture’s invention could help feed the world - TomoNews

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BARCELONA, SPAIN — A Barcelona-based company has developed a solar powered floating farm system that could ease growing food demand around the world. Smart Floating Farms, otherwise known as SFF, was developed by Forward Thinking Architecture. The idea was inspired by traditional grid-shape fish farms in Asia. The structure is 200 meters wide and 350 meters long, which is roughly the size of 6 football fields. They can be connected to form a cluster of modules. The floating farm has three levels: the top level is installed with photovoltaic panels to harvest sunlight for electricity and it has rainwater collectors for irrigation purposes; second level serves as a greenhouse for the vegetables, which are grown without soil under the hydroponic system; and the ground level is used as a fish farm on the open sea, as well as a fish egg hatchery, a slaughterhouse and a storage room for the fish. All the modules are centrally controlled by software via Cloud technology. The production data will be analysed and can be used to make comparisons on food needs for specific cities. Each SFF is estimated to have a maximum production of 8.152 tons of vegetables and 1.703 tons of fish per year. The floating farms are ideal for densely populated cities near coastal areas such as Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong. ----------------------------------------­--------------------- Welcome to TomoNews, where we animate the most entertaining news on the internets. Come here for an animated look at viral headlines, US news, celebrity gossip, salacious scandals, dumb criminals and much more! Subscribe now for daily news animations that will knock your socks off. Visit our official website for all the latest, uncensored videos: http://us.tomonews.com Check out our Android app:http://bit.ly/1sYjIzc Check out our iOS app: http://bit.ly/1gO3z1f Get top stories delivered to your inbox everyday: http://bit.ly/tomo-newsletter Stay connected with us here: Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TomoNewsUS Twitter @tomonewsus http://www.twitter.com/TomoNewsUS Google+ http://plus.google.com/+TomoNewsUS/ Instagram @tomonewsus http://instagram.com/tomonewsus -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Crying dog breaks the internet’s heart — but this sad dog story has a happy ending" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4prKTN9bYQc -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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Текстовые комментарии (118)
Ricardo M (1 месяц назад)
excelente propuesta, saludos desde Venezuela!
Zzyzx Road (2 месяца назад)
Any prototypes has already been built?
donna brooks (3 месяца назад)
i hate this idea. Go Vegan. Leave the animals alone.
Sheng Huang (3 месяца назад)
not feasible
Hail Nut (8 месяцев назад)
The Story behind this idea started from Aquaponics (used already worldwide in various scopes, i.e. such as in Containers with a Glasshouse on top, where a Fish Farm (inside the container) feeds the vegetable growing in the glass house above on top of the container); However, the idea of Floating Farms / SMART Floating Farms @ForwardThinkingArchitects received now various prizes and scientific merits at various contests and it is close to the PoC and Roll-out on a international scale. The ability to use renewable energies such as SolarPanels and alike as a dedicated software behind to power such a Floating Farm makes it a SMART Floating Farm; Secured Sourcing has developed a unique IoT solution (Mechatronics / MecatronicSystems Engineering) to power such SMART Floating Farms with an App controlling the entire production.
Fred Fable (8 месяцев назад)
These farms are insanely contaminants. All of them!! And are made to make money...not to feed the world (So Stop Bullshitting!!)
Hail Nut (8 месяцев назад)
Fred, what makes you say this? If you look into the "history" of the idea you will eventually come across the Hydroponics and Aquaponic systems here for over 50 years! You can educate yourself, by looking and 100.ooo of local "Aquapomic" projectvideos on Youtube or vimeo located by now all over the world, sometimes in the poorest societies! Now, if you look at recent developments on urbanization, don´t you think it makes sense to produce the fish and vegetables near to the local market of the consumer, the supermarket in order to reduce product costs or the green footprint hence, tons of fuel for logistics flying, shippping, driving food and vegetables around to your market?
Bobbito Chicon (8 месяцев назад)
Was a great idea until....Fukashima 😢
Dindo Lee (9 месяцев назад)
Great idea great minds. Pessimistic and melancholic will always find ways to find faults...we can either support or oppose!
Rangila Singh (11 месяцев назад)
350/200=70000m2. -------4000m2 cultured5 lakh cat fish so that total production is 1.75m3 ton
Thakur Family Trust (1 год назад)
please give costing details
Hail Nut (8 месяцев назад)
Sir, costs are pending the size and location a SFF is build at. I Also, in Germany, we have managed a entire eco-system for various cities, invloving local supermarkets & energy providers (both within the business model as paying entities!) and educational departments to finance the model. CAPEX / OPEX are postive with a 7.5 ROI!
kyle robinson (1 год назад)
How cheap are they to build? They will get destroyed in bad storms.
Steve Fortuna (1 год назад)
This had better be a closed-loop, regenerative system because nothing will be more counter-productive than letting fertilizer/nitrogen runoff from the hydroponics get into the ocean, where it will stimulate algae blooms, thus killing the fish. A zero impact plant food like TerraCycle should be considered, but it would be easier to use a portion of the raised fish for fertilizer. As to cost efficiency: This approach has major capital requirements but is cheap from an operational standpoint. There are zero land costs, zero taxes, fertilizer costs, hopefully with micro-tubines added each barge can be autonomous and have enough battery power to run effectively for over 24 hours with no sunlight.
Ignacio Argüello L. (1 год назад)
There's no Venezuela in the map 2:00 lol
subhamoy ghosh (1 год назад)
can't u plz run this project here in our count?
The Mauwow Homestead (1 год назад)
They could do this in lakes, and then use aquaponics which uses the water rich in nutrients from the fish instead of hydroponics, which uses a bunch of chemicals (fertilizer from bottles and powders.) Also, lakes tend to be more stable such as fewer waves, tropical storms, or hurricanes. We have so many lakes all over the continent. Why grow fresh water veggies in a salt water location? AND... another point is accessibility. Cities usually are formed alongside a reliable source of water; rivers/lakes. Supplying to these neighboring cities is where the harvested electricity would be best utilized. To reach less choppy seas, you have to travel further out, whereas on a lake, you can often reach it by canoe and other small water craft. Its a good concept, but hydroponics has a nasty little secret, ie chemicals, and the sea is only on the exterior coastal border, and not all countries have ocean access. Just something to think about...
Hail Nut (8 месяцев назад)
Great posting - THANK YOU. Indeed, the idea is exactly like that: using existing water ways as productions sites!
michail gunawan (1 год назад)
Should add filter system before dumping waters in the sea.
LagiNaLangAko23 (1 год назад)
Cool. If you place these on top of lakes then you wouldn't need rainwater collectors.
Alexander Karl (2 года назад)
This system isn't sustainable. The fish - nets are on open water, so their excrements falls down to the sea floor and destroys the local flora. And hydroponic planting needs a lot of fertilizers, mostly chemical due to the price. The solar on the roof reduce the maximum sun light going to the plants at least by 50%. So the plants are growing slower or need a lot of additional electric lightning.
Hail Nut (8 месяцев назад)
Not quite right looking at the overall facts and complexity to the subject "food production". And, if we assume that global urbanization will increase significantly, the question still is valid how do we grow food in the future, considering the issues we face already on nutritional quality. By the way: the project is scalable, so nothing wrong with doing it on smaller scales!
HMKfilms360 (2 года назад)
i though of this idea a while back haha, ow well
Hellionchild999 (2 года назад)
It's just a dream!
WhyHelloThere (2 года назад)
What about hurricanes or thunderstorms?
LagiNaLangAko23 (1 год назад)
You drag them to safety. I don't think these are meant to be used far away from any land.
hypostatis (2 года назад)
Scollector (2 года назад)
This sounds very familiar to News direct's report on this.
Rachel P (2 года назад)
Trenton Da Man! (2 года назад)
Good idea! Now I'd like someone to do something to help other countries fight off diseases. And BTW... 100th Comment!
TJ B (2 года назад)
This idea lost me with the fish farm and slaughterhouse. When will people learn to leave the animals the fuck alone and GO VEGAN.
Ken M (2 года назад)
Then a storm happens and it is all over.
Mellow Wuff (2 года назад)
Cancer helps the growing food demand better
tin12345man (2 года назад)
How about reducing the human over-population problem. All of this technology is not worth anything if we run out of drinking water. This will guarantee more garbage dumped into the ocean. It will guarantee the alteration of natural light getting into the ocean. Now we can have even bigger feed lots for pollution problems. This is the nature of man, destroy something in the name of survival.
Extra Rare (2 года назад)
i hope those things are sturdy
Artist Oblivion (2 года назад)
OMG the Indians of central America actually did this first. I guess they were "first" *puts on nerd glasses
Artist Oblivion (2 года назад)
But it was really only little islands to grow
Signing off read description (2 года назад)
So wait you mean we have the floating food farms and a chance to end world hunger but put it in the richest areas?
Krazie Maniak (2 года назад)
Krazie Maniak (2 года назад)
+AlejoPro 2005 fuck spain
Trialexol12 (2 года назад)
+Krazie Maniak No need to CAPS
Krazie Maniak (2 года назад)
Trialexol12 (2 года назад)
Fuck you too
kim lopez (2 года назад)
Looks modern that's how I like it
Colonel Crazynator (2 года назад)
That sounds genius! But wouldn't they be worried about dangerous weather?
Bobby Elias (2 года назад)
Fantastic, now people can get paying jobs from this and help solve world hunger.
T. Malik (2 года назад)
storm coming SFF time to found under the sea and growing weed or meth labs coz i can float all over the cost and sell .. shit idea
Dat boi (2 года назад)
This is very helpful for my world civilizations essay
Mark G (2 года назад)
Is this the same thing as minecraft?
Gordon Woodroffe (2 года назад)
this will never happen they want us all dead very soon ! starvation is a thing lol ! buy guns you'll need them soon to get food ! lol
Tom (2 года назад)
All we need now is solar roads and this
Roncher Bernabe (2 года назад)
What if theres a strong storm and that fatm got destroy?
Eugene Port (2 года назад)
6 football fields only produces 16k lbs? maybe in 2050 that will be considered efficient
Hail Nut (8 месяцев назад)
Join Me (2 года назад)
This makes me think humanity will live on for eternity.
Smokey Le Bear (2 года назад)
No D;
kuglefang (2 года назад)
Looks promising
Kenneth Rivera (2 года назад)
but what if a storm hits the damn thing huh
Zelada212 (2 года назад)
I was thinking that imagine a water sprout or hurricane
Mwahaha105 (2 года назад)
Take that, climate change!!
MGTOWSIUS (2 года назад)
I heard vertical farms may also be the way agriculture will work in the future.
Fred Fable (8 месяцев назад)
Vertcical farm is to make lettuce...not carrots, tomatoes or potatoes...
Fred Fable (8 месяцев назад)
LagiNaLangAko23 (1 год назад)
Skyscraper farms would be cool if we can develop a way to provide light for the plants. I've seen them grow plants in the ISS so it's also possible to do that here on Earth.
The FairyAMV Girl (2 года назад)
wtf XD
MrKZdemos (2 года назад)
here comes a rogue wave
The FairyAMV Girl (2 года назад)
oh god your right, what about in storms?! I didn't even think about that...
Jessica Triplev (2 года назад)
Half of the population are males, a.k.a. useless parasites of the womankind. Bring on the sperm-banks and half of the problem will be solved.
anirudh keny (8 месяцев назад)
Jessica, please head to the kitchen and make me a sandwich.
Spiraling Universe (11 месяцев назад)
How about instead just wanting hot s*x you females pick better candidates . just like in nature its females job to pick a decent qualities in mate and same for men you both let the degrading of your selves on you.
Mike Powell (11 месяцев назад)
Same can be said about females. In the future the rich will keep females as pets and curiosities. While most normal men will have sexbots and cloned sons. The only value females add to society is their uterus. Look around you, everything you see was made by a man trying to impress some dumb broad. Those days are about over sweetheart. A day will come when men stop thirsting for the golden vagina. When that day comes our sons will hunt females for sport.
Edy van Tol (2 года назад)
+Basement Dweller i was only pissing off the feminist i guess it didn't work. But i also love woman.
Billy Wong (2 года назад)
Mr Ramirez (2 года назад)
future farmers
Stormmy Tran (2 года назад)
I love this idea! Please make it a reality!
Windell (2 года назад)
pabloelbanditoo (2 года назад)
+Hen Riq i should laugh or smth ?
Hal San (2 года назад)
Expensive? Ok, make a version using bamboo and banana leafs ^^
pabloelbanditoo (2 года назад)
+charlie hernandez this is not efficient dude
pabloelbanditoo (2 года назад)
+charlie hernandez u miss the point its not going to be a real deal becouse of to much costs.... we live in capitalism... we have too much food right now problem is with transport and storage 
shirehorse91 (2 года назад)
This isn't going to solve anything. The problem is topsoil depleation and the mining of fertilizer. This does nothing to solve that problem.
VEROTIKAA (2 года назад)
thats awesome
KDDM 693 (2 года назад)
4rt or 6th
Eric McQuisten (2 года назад)
The facts vs the speculations of this video: 1) SPECULATION - if the hydroponic farms would be as productive on the ocean, as they have been in land-based facilities. While they have successfully grown hydroponic farms in space, those were in controlled environments, and NOT on the ocean, which is susceptible to severe storms and ocean-swells, especially in the more tropical regions. 2) FACT - fish farms have been grown successfully for decades in coastal regions, without any major fallout. 3) FACT - floating solar panel barges have been tested in waters near shorelines, and were found to work fairly well. 4) FACT - future food shortages are legit, as most of the governments of the United Nations realized this back in the early 1990s. They discovered that as the world population grew, the amount of food production and potable water, would not keep pace with the population (land usage issues, increasing crop failures, and contaminated water and land resources). As a result many governments have been investing in research like this, and in Genetically Modified food production, to offset the future shortages. Some government reports estimate that by the 2030s, that the average citizen of a 1st-world country, will spend over half of their income to buy food, while in 3rd-world countries, wide-spread famine would claim the lives of Billions.
LagiNaLangAko23 (1 год назад)
I agree with #1. These can be towed away to a save place during storms but there must still be a way to control the interior temperature.
heresteven (2 года назад)
XxScarFaceXx v (2 года назад)
The Gaming Stick (2 года назад)
BUBBLEGUM GUN (2 года назад)
i say it will fail, because that's how life is
DodoVolcano (2 года назад)
+BUBBLEGUM GUN I can't tell if you're either a "troll" or mentally ill, what the hell has the Eskimos done to you. You're hating on them for their "snobby eskimo faces" and looks even if you're against discrimination against race or gender. The irony in your comment is hilarious.
Star _gazer (2 года назад)
+BUBBLEGUM GUN aww that's not very optimistic
HolyOfAllSnap X416 (2 года назад)
your "they" that DJ khaled talks about
HolyOfAllSnap X416 (2 года назад)
your "they" that DJ khaled talks about
Michael Bishop (2 года назад)
Don't be a defeatist person and don't be afraid of failure because failure is the best teacher always remember that.
Master blaster (2 года назад)

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