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New greenhouse covers promise to save water, energy, and improve profitability

Armando Alvarez Group and RedSea have signed a collaboration agreement to produce and supply greenhouse covers for hot climate farming.

The new heat-absorbing greenhouse cover is designed for agriculture in areas with high temperatures and water shortages. Test results demonstrate exponential improvements in harvest, a reduction in irrigation and fertigation, and less energy use.

Nearly 2 billion people live in hot, desert areas of the planet and depend on subsistence agriculture. Providing a solution that helps improve the sustainability of protected cultivation in these regions will help to sustainably feed a global population estimated to grow to 10 billion by 2050.

Red Sea's patented iyris® SecondSky® advanced nanotechnology solution reduces daytime temperatures in covered areas while allowing up to 80% of photoselective radiation to pass through. It will be incorporated into the 100% recyclable greenhouse and tunnel cover films manufactured by Grupo Armando Alvarez.

Developed by RedSea and used in Armando Alvarez Group's production of greenhouse and tunnel covers, iyris SecondSky technology has already been successfully tested and proven under extreme heat climatic conditions in the Middle East, Southern Mediterranean, and Arizona desert.

Simon Bryant, President of RedSea, said: "This collaboration enables us to efficiently deploy RedSea's innovative heat-blocking technology to increase profitability for growers and farmers in hot climates.

"By saving water and energy, plants and humans experience less heat and water stress - making both more productive and exponentially improving profitability."

JM Petrement, Group Agricultural Commercial Director, Armando Alvarez Group, added: "Innovation and strategic partnerships help us address the unique challenges faced by farming communities in arid areas while contributing to sustainable development and improved quality of life around the world."

"Our continued sales to over 98 countries and our experience in plastics converting since 1964 are undoubtedly factors that will guarantee the availability of this innovative plastic to a large number of farmers globally."

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