The Emirate of Dubai wants to get another "high-tech" attraction - the world's largest vertical farm, a garden tower. The joint project of Emirates Flight Catering and Silicon Valley-Crop One envisages the construction of a facility with a usable area of 12, 000 square meters. For comparison, the current record holders in this area are FarmedHere with an area of 8, 400 sq. m. in Chicago and Aerofarms in New Jersey with an area of 6, 400 sq. m.
The highlight of the project is that the building has an unprecedented level of automation and autonomy. In particular, it controls every milliliter of the substance used in soil and plant cultivation. Therefore, you can do without herbicides and pesticides, plus water consumption will be reduced to 1% of the norm for a similar field in the open air. This will allow to grow the volume of production, which usually requires 360 hectares of fields.
There are also no emissions into the environment, and therefore the structure can be built anywhere without violating environmental standards. Without further ado, a farm tower will be erected right next to the airport so that fresh vegetables and herbs arrive on board aircraft from the garden in a matter of minutes. Only Emirates Airlines passengers will be able to taste them, but trade in products is not excluded in the future - according to calculations, the harvest will reach 2, 700 kg per day.
Dubai authorities have approved the construction of a giant vertical farm with the condition that the project will be a pilot. A minimum of land is needed for such a structure, and its miniature versions can be mounted on ships, on trains, in ordinary houses, etc. Construction will begin in November 2018, and the first crop is expected to be harvested by December 2019.