Something out of nothingWater scarcity, specifically in agriculture, is a problem. Especially in extremely dry and arid areas, like Port Augusta, situated in South Australia. How to make something out of nothing? That’s the question a team of international scientists, based in outback South Australia since 2010, have been thinking about.
15,000 tons of tomatoes without use of fossil energyThe solution to make something out of nothing is the Sundrop System: making use of the natural resources of seawater and sunlight. By means of solar power, the sun’s warmth is used to take the salt out of seawater and bring heat, cooling and power to the growers, which results in delicious fruits and vegetables. Growing positive food, which is positive for the planet, people and business. By harnessing the sun’s energy, Sundrop will produce over 15,000 tons of tomatoes in its state-of-the-art greenhouse in Port Augusta.
Sundrop FarmsThe principal sponsoring the state-of-the-art greenhouse is Sundrop Farms, a pioneer in sustainable horticulture for the arid world. After establishing successful trials of its technology, the company decided to significantly expand its current operations in Port Augusta.the company decided to significantly expand its current operation in Port Augusta. The innovative company Sundrop Farms found in Van der Hoeven an equal partner to build the greenhouse.
Van der Hoeven builds project SundropVan der Hoeven, who builds ‘horticultural projects with IQ’, has been building many unique horticultural projects, both nationally as internationally. The company is therefore very pleased to build this new Corporate Social Responsibility project in Southern Australia. Construction of the Sundrop project will shortly begin and the first phase is due to be completed in 2015.
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