Genesis Morocco: Cleantech Seawater Greenhouse

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Genesis Morocco

Project Genesis is a strategic sustainable development framework for Morocco to translate from being a net importer of energy and a country facing water shortage issues, into the number one producer both of clean renewable energy and water in the region.

Monday, February 28, 2011    <<Home

Cleantech Seawater Greenhouse

Personal Notes : This is what is going to be installed in Jordan, its a lower cost integrated solution, for food and water production in arid environments with access to the sea. Here in Morocco we have a very sizable portion of the Atlantic coast would qualify for such exploitations, especially when coupled with CSP. Also, units can be located further inland as the cost of transporting water over long distances is reasonable. So this is very much at the core of what Project Genesis aims at achieving, sustainable colonization and exploitation of the Sahara. Will we see saltwater pipelines alimenting such units in the future ? This has a real potential after all it would be an artificial Wahae, or Oasis, which have supported human settlements for centuries.  Browse the website for details. 

Morocco is a very suitable candidate for such projects. It is also for me the proof of concept of what Project Genesis is all about, I will follow closely the developments of this and similar projects. 

First thing first, the guys behind it, there's an ex banker, cant go wrong with that ! ;)  

Charlie Paton - Founder, Managing Director
Charlie studied at Central School of Art and Design in London. Working his way through College as an electrician - starting his career with ITN as a studio assistant on the Apollo 11 launch (1969), he went on to become a lighting designer and maker of special effects. Charlie's fascination with light and plant growth led to the concept for the Seawater Greenhouse. Charlie is the inventor of the Seawater Greenhouse technology and is also co-founder of Seawater Greenhouse (Australia), where he serves as a director responsible for the design, engineering and research and development.

Philipp Saumweber - Director, Business Development
Philipp began his career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and later became project manager for an eco-friendly property development project in Costa Rica, anchored by a Four Seasons hotel. Most recently, Philipp was an investment professional covering real assets at King Street Capital. Philipp is also a director of Saumweber Holdings, a privately held investment holding company and Seawater Greenhouse Ltd. He received a B.A. degree in economics from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.
Reinier Wolterbeek - Project Management
Reinier started his career at Innogrow, the initiators and company behind the innovative Closed Greenhouse.  Most recently Reinier was a manager in the Energy Systems division of Ecofys Innovations, again focusing on greenhouse design and innovation.  Reinier joined Seawater Greenhouse in 2005 as a junior project manager in Oman. He received an M.Sc. in International Land & Water Management at Wageningen University, Netherlands.

Adam Paton - Design Engineer
Adam graduated with a BEng in Product Design and Engineering from Sussex University where he worked on a CSP water sterilisation device for developing countries. Adam joined Seawater Greenhouse as the principal design engineer in 2008 after gaining interest and hands on experience with the 2004 Oman greenhouse.

Visual : Seawater Greenhouse Australia

About the Seawater Greenhouse :

Climate change, together with rising world populations and unsustainable farming practices, are causing the exhaustion of fresh water and food resources. The necessity for both is expected to exceed availability in the foreseeable future. It is the simple reality of this situation which gave rise to the idea for the Seawater Greenhouse.

The Seawater Greenhouse provides a low-cost solution by enabling year-round crop production in some of the world’s hottest and driest regions. It does this using seawater and sunlight.   The technology imitates natural processes, helping to restore the environment while significantly reducing the operating costs of greenhouse horticulture.

Our dedicated team spans a variety of expertise. We have come together to produce a solution to the problem of fresh water depletion and are keen to share our ideas and advice with those wanting to become more sustainable and profitable growers.

We also want to provide a leading example of the capability that restorative greenhouse agriculture can have for the environment.

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