Italian entrepreneur builds underwater greenhouse


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3 years ago Sergio Gamberini was enjoying his summer vacation in Noli, Italy. Scuba diving has always been not only a business related activity, but a passion and a hobby deeply rooted inside him. Everything related to life in the ocean always has had a special place in his heart.  His life could be described as constant hard working, family and the ocean. Having said that, you can easily understand  that nobody was surprised when he came up with yet another idea to work at while on vacation.
But this time the idea sounded really, really strange… So, there he goes, he makes a couple of phone calls and starts building, with the help of his team at Ocean Reef Group, a number of small transparent balloons – then, they sink them and fill them with air while underwater, they anchor them and ultimately, plant seeds in a vase inside! The idea he had was to utilize the properties of the large bodies of water – constant temperature, united with the natural evaporation of a surface of liquid in contact with an air space – to try creating an underwater greenhouse! 2 years of experimentation down the road, a number of biospheres created, basil crops, rough seas that destroyed everything, live web streaming from underwater, studies, data collecting, we now move the experiment’s site to the next level: more biospheres, more designs, more sensors, more cabling, hydroponic culture, more webcams etc etc. This year (2015) we draw the line for feasibility, industrialization, large scale production to really give an alternative solution to grow food in a responsible, small-footprint-on-earth kind of way.

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