The Sahara Forest Project launched a Norwegian and EU funded facility to produce vegetables and 10.000 liters of freshwater daily in the Aqaba desert.
On Thursday October 27th, The Sahara Forest Project started the construction of an innovative Norwegian and EU funded facility the size of four football fields in Aqaba. “This is the beginning of a business adventure that will produce freshwater, food and clean energy in the dry areas of Aqaba” Joakim Hauge, Chief Executive Officer of the Sahara Forest Project, said.
Once completed, The Sahara Forest Project Launch Station will contain saltwater-cooled greenhouses that will utilize saltwater to provide excellent conditions for production of several tons high-quality vegetables.
Photovoltaic solar panels will provide power for the electrical installations in the facility. Outdoor growing zones will not only contribute yields from various crops but also store CO2 from the atmosphere into vegetation of barren land.
A desalination unit with capacity of 10 000 liters freshwater per day will provide the necessary water for the greenhouse and outdoor vegetation.
Read the full article via Sahara Forest Project web site.
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