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Feasibility Study: Vertical Farm EDEN

Zeidler, Conrad and Schubert, Daniel and Vrakking, Vincent (2013) Feasibility Study: Vertical Farm EDEN. Other. DLR-Forschungsbericht.

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Abstract

Hundreds of millions of people around the world do not have access to sufficient food. With the global population continuing to increase, the global food output will need to drastically increase to meet demands. At the same time, the amount of land suitable for agriculture is finite, so it is not possibly to meet the growing demand by simply increasing the use of land. Thus, to be able to feed the entire global population, and continue to do so in the future, it will be necessary to drastically increase the food output per land area. One idea which has been recently discussed in the scientific community is called Vertical Farming (VF), which cultivates food crops on vertically stacked levels in (high-rise) buildings. The Vertical Farm, so it is said, would allow for more food production in a smaller area. Additionally, a Vertical Farm could be situated in any place (e.g. Taiga- or desert regions, cities), which would make it possible to reduce the amount of transportation needed to deliver the crops to the supermarkets. The technologies required for the Vertical Farm are well-known and already being used in conventional terrestrial greenhouses, as well as in the designs of bioregenerative Life Support Systems for space missions. However, the economic feasibility of the Vertical Farm, which will determine whether this concept will be developed or not, has not yet been adequately assessed. Through a Concurrent Engineering (CE) process, the DLR Institute for Space Systems (RY) in Bremen, aims to apply its know-how of Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Technologies in space systems to provide valuable spin-off projects on Earth and to provide the first engineering study of a Vertical Farm to assess its economic feasibility.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/87264/
Document Type:Monograph (DLR-Forschungsbericht, Other)
Title:Feasibility Study: Vertical Farm EDEN
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Zeidler, Conradconrad.zeidler (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Schubert, Danieldaniel.schubert (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Vrakking, VincentUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:October 2013
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
In DOAJ:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Number of Pages:117
ISSN:0939-2963
Status:Published
Keywords:Vertical Farming; EDEN; Vertical Farm; Feasibility Study; Urban Farming; VF; CE-Study; Evolution and Design of Environmentally Closed Nutrition Sources; Vertikale Farm
Institution:DLR Institute of Space Systems
Department:System Analysis Space Segment
HGF - Research field:other
HGF - Program:other
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:no assignment
DLR - Program:no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):no assignment
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Systemanalyse Raumsegmente
Deposited By: Zeidler, Conrad
Deposited On:08 Jan 2014 09:44
Last Modified:05 Oct 2016 14:24

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