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New desert greenhouse opens near Abu Dhabi

New desert greenhouse opens near Abu Dhabi

RedSea, an innovative agtech company whose pioneering technologies enable commercial farming in hot environments, announced the commissioning and commencement of operations of its award-winning greenhouse facility. The technology at the new Abu Dhabi facility – the first of its kind in the United Arab Emirates – will help diversify food sources and stimulate the region’s agri-food sector.

The commissioning was the first time UAE audiences got to see RedSea’s cutting-edge, sustainable farming technology. The one-hectare showcase facility will drive wider adoption of these technologies in the UAE, benefiting local growers and having a significant impact on Abu Dhabi’s agro-ecosystem. The project won HSBC’s Business Vitality Award for innovative water management and efficiency.

RedSea’s focus on resource and food scarcity supports the UAE’s National Food Security Strategy to promote food security through advanced agricultural technologies. With climate change and global food shortages on the rise, the UAE and the Middle East are taking the lead in addressing these major issues ahead of COP 28.

Ryan Lefers, CEO of RedSea, said: “We are delighted that UAE audiences are getting their first look at our award-winning technology, which is transforming controlled environment farming and open field farming around the world. There is a clear path for local growers to take advantage of this technology to increase production, operate sustainably and earn more profit.

“Globally, food production is often unsustainable and highly vulnerable to climate change. Our technology – which addresses these issues directly – is a solution born in the deserts of the Middle East and already used in applications in hot climates.”

Miles Thornhill, Head of HSBC’s Corporate Banking team and Head of UAE Commercial Banking, commented:

“HSBC is focused on helping to achieve a net-zero global economy, which includes channeling investment into sustainable projects. Sustainable finance plays an important role in enabling AgTech companies such as RedSea to scale and demonstrate solutions that help build a better future. “

RedSea’s facility draws a direct side-by-side comparison of the roots of its rooftop technology with technology currently in use in the GCC. RedSea’s technologies include iyris insulated low-cost roofs, climate-controlled recirculating deep water culture systems for berry growing, and brine evaporative cooling systems that can operate without desalination. RedSea’s climate-adaptive IoT sensors – allowing for remote monitoring and greenhouse management – will serve as the management system.

The greenhouse facility is powered by 2,000 square meters of elevated solar panels used as agricultural photovoltaics, with protected crops grown beneath the panels and thermal insulation mesh – demonstrating the full capabilities of RedSea’s sustainable technology.

RedSea has also demonstrated its resilient genetics, which results in better quality and higher yields in crops that are tolerant to salt, heat and drought. The facility will showcase RedSea’s saltwater irrigated feed plots – a pioneering use of saltwater to irrigate livestock feed.

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