A bit different from my main topic area, but as solar was my route into the clean energy sector, back in 2007, I've always believed it will come to both dominate electricity production globally, and to become more versatile, as costs come down, and other materials and uses are found.
We all know we have a growing global population, and that food supply, and food miles, are a problem. This looks like a great innovation, applicable from the back garden, to large scale production. Viva Solar!
Using greenhouses to grow fruits and vegetables around the world has increased 600% over the past 20 years, and greenhouses now cover the equivalent of 9 million acres — twice the size of New Jersey. “It’s big and getting bigger,” Loik says. “Canada relies heavily on greenhouses for vegetable production and their use is growing in China, too.” Tomatoes and cucumbers are among the top greenhouse-produced crops worldwide. Plastic greenhouses are also becoming popular for small-scale commercial farming and household food production, he adds.