Solar-Powered Floating Greenhouse is an Off-Grid Solution to Food Scarcity


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Farmland is shrinking across the world at an alarming rate, sparking fears of a global food crisis. In a bid to increase food security, a multidisciplinary team of architects and botanists developed the Jellyfish Barge, a floating modular greenhouse that produces food hydroponically with a minimal environmental footprint. Constructed with wood and recycled materials, the lightweight greenhouse relies primarily on solar energy to bring an affordable and easy-to-build solution to communities vulnerable to water and food scarcity.

Designed by Studiomobile architects Antonio Girardi and Cristiana Favretto, the Jellyfish Barge is an octagonal greenhouse set atop a 750-square-foot wooden base that floats atop 96 recycled plastic drums. The simple and low-cost design was created with adaptability in mind so that it can be applied to a variety of environments for long-term use. The compact andmodular greenhouse can produce enough food to support two families, and can also be easily expanded with additional modules to support a larger community.

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