The Vereos Hydroponics Farm is Designed for Coastal Megacities

By: Alyson Wyers - Jul 8, 2014
References: jamesdysonaward.org & fastcoexist
This floating hydroponics farm helps bring fresh water closer to coastal metropolises so they can feed themselves. Using oceanic salt water, the aquatic greenhouse is ideal for growing urban areas that don't have a lot of room for agriculture. Created by German industrial designer Philipp Hutfless, the Vereos would ensure cities could feed their citizens.

Inspired by a trip to Tokyo, Hutfless wanted to ensure his invention used minimal energy and water to operate. The 42-square-foot Vereos recycles freshwater, is solar-powered and has shelving for growing vegetables inside. The less water-invasive hydroponics farm uses a reverse osmosis plant to push salt water at high pressure through a membrane to create fresh water instead.

This thesis project has also been entered into this year's James Dyson awards.