Farming of the Future
The future of farming is sustainable and smart. KAUST researchers are using flexible, lightweight, easy-to-install thin-film solar cell screens and semitransparent solar cell windows on greenhouses to both optimize plant growth conditions and generate electricity. Emerging sensors and remote sensing tools offer an improved capacity to track and monitor water use and account for the carbon generated. Self-cleaning solar panels are used in arid dusty regions to ensure power supply. Fresh vegetables are grown using saltwater via technology that reduces typical greenhouse cooling requirements and ensures efficient plant growth. Organic waste is recycled for desert agriculture, increasing food security while significantly reducing water consumption and pollution to fight desertification and climate change.
Mirai's innovative Solar Screens transform otherwise blocked sunlight into renewable energy that can be used to self-power modern greenhouses.
Red Sea Farms is reducing the carbon and water footprint of our food sector by developing and delivering environmentally sustainable, saltwater-based agricultural systems.
Leading company developing organic waste recycling solutions designed specifically for desert climates conditions.
Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering and Associate Director of Water Desalination and Reuse Center