RedSea, the innovative AgTech whose pioneering technology enables commercial farming in hot environments, has announced the commissioning and beginning of operations at its greenhouse facility in UAE.
The greenhouse facility is powered by 2,000 sq m of elevated solar panels functioning as agrivoltaics, with protected crops grown under the panels and heat-blocking net – showcasing the full capability of RedSea’s sustainable technologies.
The technology in the new Abu Dhabi facility – a first for the country – will help diversify food product sources and stimulate the region’s agri-food sectors.
The commissioning is a first look for UAE audiences at RedSea’s cutting-edge, sustainable agricultural technologies. The one-hectare showcase facility is set to supercharge wider adoption of the technologies in the UAE for the benefit of local growers and significantly impact Abu Dhabi’s agricultural ecosystem, it stated.
RedSea’s facility directly compares, side-by-side, its roots to roof technologies with technologies currently used in the GCC.
Its technologies include iyris heat-blocking low-cost roofing, a climate-controlled recirculating deep water culture system for growth of berries, and a saltwater evaporative cooling system functioning without desalination. RedSea’s climate-adapted IoT sensors – which allow remote monitoring and greenhouse management – will serve as the management system.
The project received HSBC’s Living Business award for innovative water management and efficiency, it added.
On the launch, CEO Ryan Lefers said: “We are delighted for UAE audiences to have their first glimpse of our award-winning technology, which is transforming global controlled environment agriculture and open-field farming. There is a clear path for local growers to use this technology to generate higher production yields, operate more sustainably and be more profitable.”
RedSea’s focus on resource and food scarcity supports the UAE’s ‘National Food Security Strategy’ to promote food security with advanced agricultural technology. With climate change and increasing global food shortages, the UAE and the Middle East are leading the way in addressing these huge issues ahead of COP 28.
“Globally, food production is frequently unsustainable and very vulnerable to climate change. Our technology – which addresses these problems directly – is a solution born in the deserts of the Middle East and already being delivered in hot climates around the world,” he noted.
Miles Thornhill, Team Head Corporate Banking and Head of Business Banking UAE at HSBC, said: “We are focused on helping to deliver a net zero global economy, which includes channelling investment towards sustainable projects.”
“Sustainable finance has an important role to play in allowing AgTech companies, such as RedSea, to scale and demonstrate solutions that help build a better future,” he stated.
Source: Trade Arabia News Service