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US (WA): Ambient Water begins rigorous testing of turnkey greenhouse structures for vertical farming
Ambient Water announced it has initiated the testing of a turnkey greenhouse structure, built for applications within vertical farming, with partner BW GLOBAL Structures Inc.
The testing phase of the structure -- a closed loop 12x24 greenhouse -- will last for a period of six to 12 months, allowing company researchers to observe the equipment through multiple seasons to ensure climate control and water production functions properly regardless of outside weather conditions.
Ambient Water's AW 400 atmospheric water generator will be used inside of a BW GLOBAL greenhouse to control humidity and temperature within the structure, while also producing a clean water source by pulling the humidity out of the air for filtration and consumption. The structures can be quickly deployed in disaster and emergency situations to provide citizens with a sustainable source of food and water -- assembly in just a couple of days, with water production shortly after and a food source within a week.
The two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding in December of 2014 to commence production of these units, and have recently released a video showcasing the structure. It can be viewed in the video below:
"We are very excited to be moving forward into this rigorous testing phase, so we can continue to validate the concept and begin providing these solutions to those who need them all over the world," said Keith White, Founder and CEO of Ambient Water. "Whether it's a disaster area or a location with harsh weather conditions, no one should be without resources like food and water. We're pleased to continue working with BW GLOBAL to help lessen the strain of this global issue and provide a viable alternative to traditional agriculture."
"This real-life testing is a significant step forward in our work with Ambient Water as we push closer to achieving a commercial 100% sealed greenhouse with complete environmental control and water harvesting within the growing environment," said Timothy Kendrick, President & Chief Designer, BW GLOBAL. "Ambient Water's technology has been a crucial component in the control of the humidity levels and temperature of the unit, and we look forward to seeing the resulting data as we head through the Fall and Winter seasons."
The advancement of Ambient Water and BW GLOBAL's technology comes at a time when more are looking toward vertical farming applications as a solution to agricultural woes in harsh climate environments and urban areas, as well as a viable option to traditional farming in areas suffering from water scarcity. It's been reported that 850 million people worldwide go to bed hungry, and without some sort of dramatic change to the current agricultural model that number could continue to increase. The current agricultural model is incredibly water intensive -- 80 percent of California's total water use is from farmers -- and is also susceptible to weather during natural growing seasons. A turnkey vertical farming solution with a sustainable water source and climate control would allow farmers to grow year round without hindrance from these issues.
Ambient Water's patented atmospheric water generation technology literally makes water out of thin air, transforming humidity into an abundant source of clean water near the point of use. With multiple systems already commercially available or in development, the Company's technology produces clean and fresh water for a host of commercial industries, including oil and gas exploration and farming, while also providing fresh drinking water for homes, offices, and communities.