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Iceland: Biodome combines geothermal and vertical farming technologies

The ALDIN Biodome Resort secured planning permission late last year to build the world’s first geo-climate biodome, a new type of heated greenhouse resort that grows its own exotic food, hosting dining facilities, yoga classes and other events, and providing comfort, health and nourishment all-year-round, while being entirely naturally carbon-emissions free in operations.

The resort is set to open its doors in 2023 and will be located just a 10-minute drive from the city center. The resort also passed a major milestone in late November, when the Reykjavik city authorities formally announced the resort’s planning approval, permitting development with an internal area of almost 5,000 square meters (54,000 square feet), featuring three zones with different climates and functions.

Within the project’s three spaces, the smallest of these, called the Farm Lab, will integrate the very latest in agritech and vertical farming technology and will be open to visitors, incorporating an organic food market, a restaurant and business and educational spaces. The other two areas will house larger tropical and Mediterranean environments plus resort functions, offering various health and lifestyle experiences such as ‘forest bathing’, as well as hosting tours, hot yoga and exercise classes, events, weddings, festivals and business conferences. The whole complex will be heated by tapping into the region’s abundant geothermal energy in the form of excess hot spring water from a direct source on site, which is part of Reykjavik’s supply system.

This creation of a geothermal climate biodome is also a vision unique to Iceland. It is a proposal rooted in Iceland’s unique natural resources and geology, with its cultural history of socializing in geothermal environments, and technology that already supports some of the largest greenhouse banana plantations in Europe. Drawing on these, the project will harness locally available natural resources — including some of the cleanest hot spring water and most fertile volcanic soil anywhere on earth — to create a lush, verdant oasis beneath a glazed dome, right in the heart of the Reykjavik capital region.

Read more at ArcticToday (via Geothermal Resources Council)

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