Soap Bubbles as Insulation for Greenhouses

The other main solution is to bring a new technology to the farming industry first of all, mainly insulated by cheap soap bubbles, called the SolaRoof system, which mainly is a liquid cooling and insulating system to keep the stable temperatures inside the greenhouse, so the plants grow faster, with no use of pesticides, saving around 80-90% energy for heating and cooling, and also saving around 80-90% water.

Our main goal with this system is to reduce hunger in the world, and especially now when there is an escalating humanitarian catastrophe developing, with the enormous swarms of locusts, which are a much bigger threat than Covid-19, affecting more than 10 countries in the Middle East and Africa right now, with more than 1.2 billion people being at eminent risk of having no food due to all the crops being eradicated; https://www.thenational.ae/opinion/editorial/in-the-eye-of-the-swarm-the-growing-threat-of-the-desert-locust-1.975860.

As an additional bi-product, our plan is to convert the originally planned greenhouses and build temporary emergency hospitals now in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, or also use these as shelters in refugee camps or for homeless people including food production.

SolaRoof which will be a game changer when it comes to food security, saving around 80-90% of energy for heating and cooling, thereby needing only very little additional solar power to run the system totally off the grid, and also saving 80-90% water for watering the crops. The efficient indoor vertical farming, aquaponics incl. fish cultivation and aeroponics create a very efficient environment for growth even at the driest places on the planet, the warmest, the coldest, the most harsh places with cyclones etc.

How it Works

Here are some preliminary key figures and pictures of how we see the structures may look like

Here are some illustrations of how we envision the greenhouse system, to look like the 24ftX24ft and 24ft high in three floors, just not scaled right compared to the people (but it can be built in one floor as well);

Key Data for The Greenhouses

It’s simply the fish cultivation which creates more CO2, so in addition to the normal CO2, it’s creating larger concentrations of CO2, which in turn will boost the photosynthesis for the production of the greens. A pure power booster for rapid growth 

All kinds of vegetables and fruits can be grown. Fruit, flower, leaf, stem root and tuber crops. Food, feed, fiber and fuel crops plus algae. All kinds of aquaculture crops. Mushrooms also – a whole ecology system – which is regenerative. Algae and Biodigester systems are to be introduced and integrated as enhancement, for achieving total energy and nutrient self-sufficiency.

For the fish cultivation part, inputs are: ancient sea salts, sunlight (supplemental lamp light), enriched CO2 atmosphere, Nitrogen nutrient from biomass recycling and algae, water that is captured from the internal atmosphere plus a low rate of make-up water. Purchased inputs other than labor are extremely small cost.

With the proper technical know-how, the blue and the green operations are extremely reliable, robust and productive. These living systems when provided ideal conditions produce in great abundance. In nature this is achieved seasonally, but in our growth houses very intense growth is continuous. Productivity is even higher because within our closed atmosphere we have double or triple CO2 as compared to normal atmospheric. This enriched atmosphere is anticipated to double the plant growth but that advantage it’s not assumed in our projections. Our economic calculations show that our method of production with vertical layering will be achieving super profitability.

Our system is like a tree but with much greater effectiveness, every operational growth house is a very effective CO2 drawdown investment that has a zero contribution to global warming. We have effective climate change adaptation and the only known man-made CO2 mitigation that has the capacity to bring down the earth’s atmospheric CO2 with sufficient impact over the next decades as it’s needed to keep global warming below 1.5 C.

Benefits

First of all, this will be able to be built anywhere, on any type of land, industrial, rural or urban. One does not need any fertile soil, very little space on the ground for the smallest units, and access to very little water. So basically, this will benefit everyone, everywhere.

Equally important, there will be no use of pesticides, so the food will be organically grown, healthy and fresh for everyone. Very important factors, and key for the success of this.

Especially now with the focus on Eco-friendly solutions, Paris Agreement, global warming, reduction of Co2 etc., or concept fits 100% in line with this need of change. Only our solution are not “drastic” ones, meaning that we focus on the positive aspect of supplying and empowering people to be able to access healthier and fresher food, at lower cost, at the same time as it benefits everyone.

Whom will be our users

Farmers, home growers, actually anyone growing anything, as we later also will make some smaller scaled ones for back yard installation to private people. To begin with we will focus on the bigger units for farmers and also for larger industrial food production customers.

Moving forward

We are looking for the first pilot customer, to build the first “live” project.

We need around 4-6 weeks of final engineering, before we can produce the prototype. The testing phase will consist of the following;

First of all, to make the bearing structures of aluminum. The supporting flooring in several levels will be built with the same materials, as well as the staircases.

Our main supplier is situated in 40 countries, with more than 300 manufacturing facilities worldwide of extruded aluminum.

We are in dialogue with different manufacturers of the rooftop fabric incl. the soap bubble insulation, and we will also make the initial prototype there, as a showcase.

We will be cooperating with engineers, both static and structural, experts in fabric, so we can project this for category 5 for hurricanes;  (157 mph; 252 km/h; 70 m/s). The cover is planned to be as strong as the structure, and will be non-combustible, so 100% fireproof when needed.

The dome shape is minimizing the forces so the wind can go around the structures, very little is stopping the wind, so it will remain standing for most hurricane zones in the world.

We need to meet certain fire codes when we plan this for human habitat / hospitals also need to plan the fabric to be fire proof; we will use a woven fiberglass non-combustible coating which will create an architectural fabric, and which will be able to stand against fire / heat up 400 degrees C / 752 degrees F.

The benefits are the following

A lot of natural daylight inside the unit during daytime

Perfect temperature inside the unit regardless of the outside temperatures

Can withstand wind loads up to 252 km/h = 157 mph

100% fire retardant, meaning it does not burn by itself

Our solution requires very little additional energy for heating and cooling, so it would only be the extra energy needed for the lighting during night-time, hospital machines, computers and other equipment to run.

What we need to look at, is which kind of alternative energy systems we would need to be able to operate 100% off-the grid.

 

Here is an example of how a larger scale industrial scale project may look like

mixing greenhouses with human habitat

Emergency Hospitals , Shelters etc

As part of our concept, and as a response to this call, we will develop other structures which are based on the same technology. We will be able to deliver emergency hospitals, shelters for homeless people incl. food production, shelters for refugee camps also incl. food production, housing units incl. food production etc.

 

Below is an example of a modular, temporary, emergency hospital (only not scaled right, just to show the principles), where one can have a building which is 48×128 feet, three full floors, and “house” 200-350 beds. This will be able to be deployed very quickly anywhere in the world, used for as long as it’s needed, then moved to new locations after where the need may be. (The “tunnels” between each modular pod should be much shorter, but it illustrates well the possibilities).

Details of the larger emergency hospitals:

For each hospital, which consist of 3 modules, in total 48ftx128ft with ground level + 2 floors high, would fit in total 250-300 beds, plus a little extra space for the staff to relax.

We can also build smaller ones in only one floor, starting at 24 ft x 24 ft, next size 48 ft x 48 ft etc. as exam rooms, testing units etc.

The other extras would be;

Elevators for two levels / ground + 2 floors (when possible, or else build only on one level)

Partition walls

Ventilation for changing the air after certain standards (not for heating and cooling, only for the air to be moved around)

Electric work for lighting fixtures, electrical outlets etc.

Plumbing work, bathrooms / toilets etc., but these can be ordered modular, prefabricated so they may be moved to other locations later or sold

Kitchen for the staff

Hospital beds, incl. all necessary equipment

The benefits are the following;

A lot of natural daylight inside the unit during daytime

Perfect temperature inside the unit regardless of the outside temperatures

Can withstand wind loads up to 252 km/h = 157 mph

100% fire retardant, meaning it does not burn by itself

Once served as emergency hospitals, these structures may be used as base for greenhouses, only needing to buy new rooftop covers plus the cost to remove and set up again, and the hospital cover would be stored for future need in a container. Or it can remain a permanent hospital.

Our solution requires very little additional energy for heating and cooling, so it would only be the extra energy needed for the lighting during night-time, hospital machines, computers and other equipment to run.

What we need to look at, is which kind of alternative energy systems we would need to be able to operate 100% off-the grid.

Also, since our solutions are light weight, they require very cheap means of local transportation, and may even be brought on foot, or with camels or elephants if needed.

To support the hospitals financially, we suggest to have an agricultural structure owned by the hospital, preferably placed in a location close to the hospital, or a central area nearby if this is viable,  producing food, where the excess profits from this, would go to run the hospital, so it needs very little extra added funding per year.

After the unit has served its purpose, if not continued to be used as a hospital, it can be used as a greenhouse for food security for a lifetime or more.

We are looking for influencers and investors to bring these solutions to market, both via our own companies as a joint venture cooperation, or have other companies adapt these solutions for their own projects.

Since we are an Eco-friendly HUB, we also have market ready solutions as part of our portfolio which might be of interest. Here is a list of market-ready solutions which you hopefully might find interesting;

 

Home2Live™ has now partners and suppliers so we can delivery key finished projects including;

  • An unique building system consisting og MgO boards and SIP panels. This was during 2019 recently been awarded the best building system in the world by a UK based university, due to its excellent performance in building time, strength, durability and thermal efficiency. One of the international giants have built a huge data-center using this technology in Ireland, plus it’s built projects already around London, UK, as well as in the US and New Zealand. Hers in Spain there is one huge villa built with this system, a 1.000 m2 villa in Los Flamingos, sold for around €5,8 million. In Palma de Mallorca the municipality there has given green light to build one show-villa, plus 30 villas to be built there later this year, as wells as two other projects next year, consisting of 16 villas in one project and 50 villas in another project.
  • Cooperating with a supplier of Solar power, which has a totally different technology compared to many others, we can build houses total or almost entirely off-the-grid, and if used pitched roof, we can have the solar panels on each side as an integrated part of the roof, or even on the walls, giving a much higher output than many other systems since it also generate electricity where there is no direct sunlight or dusk/dawn.
  • We have a special sewage treatment system, which combined with a special toilet system, uses almost no water to flush the toilet, and also transforms almost 90% of the sewage to fertilizers at an incredible low cost. This has been tested amongst others by one of our business partners in Estonia, which has built his own private villa around 500 meters from the grid, and has had almost no running costs for years now.
  • From a supplier represented in more than 7 countries so far, we can deliver a total package for smart house systems. These systems are amongst the cheapest and best in the world to further save energy, and include LED lighting, automated saving mode systems, HVACS and so on, totally controlled by apps and Ipad applications.
  • From a supplier of showers, we can install a special shower which recirculates the water in such an efficient way, that it saves around 80-90% of the water consumption needed for an entire family per year and also reutilizing the heated water, and thereby also saves electricity by another 80-90% compared to only use shower water from water boilers.
  • We can furthermore integrate an atmospheric water generation system for drinkable water, and together with the Solar power, we can generate very affordable drinkable water in areas where water is expensive or inaccessible. This can mainly be used in countries which are warm, and have a certain level of humidity (see the attached PDF for more information about this).
  • One of our partners are building a special type of man-made lagoons with a unique technology, and we are looking to cooperate with investors, to build small, medium sized and large urbanizations, where we can build “beach resorts” where there is no lake, beach or water from before, and the land / plots therefore also are cheaper compared to beach front land / plots.

Combined with our above mentioned sustainable solutions, we will be among the most price competitive in the world.

  • Recently we partnered with a producer of a unique and affordable cooling system for datacenters, using evaporative cooling. With this technique, it uses up to 5 times less energy to cool down datacenters compared to other ventilation systems.
  • Recently partnered with a producer of low power water heating devices, which uses almost no electricity, and has a high performance in producing and storing hot water.