After a year of preparations, Van der Hoeven recently organized the first ModulAIR Platform, on 13 and 14 February in Australia. The aim of the ModulAIR Platform is to facilitate – in an informal atmosphere – knowledge sharing between participants, to explain in detail the philosophy of the ModulAIR greenhouse, and to foster the development of relationships between participants that can be built on outside the ModulAIR Platform.
Hygroscopic Adiabatic Cooling (HACo)
HACo forms the first serious and practical step towards operating greenhouses in more tropical climates and facilitating a horticultural food industry across the entire planet. The problem with humid climates lies in the large energy consumption of the condensation of moisture, actually re-using this energy is what makes HACo such an innovation.
Construction on this unique, sustainable complex began on 1 December 2014. Sundrop Farms is situated in South Australia, some 12 kilometres south of Port Augusta. This is absolutely the first of its kind: a greenhouse with climate control and a fully integrated solar energy system that generates electricity and provides desalinated water with a high degree of purity.