Integrated Bioeconomy Project

Creating robust and economic greenhouse systems—­that can be integrated with existing field production—to enhance productivity, resilience, resource efficiency and sustainability. This project will provide a fully integrated demonstration scale facility to act as an industry and technology hub.

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The vision

The vast global plant based ‘bio-economy’ provides us with a rapidly expanding range of foods, fuels and bio-products.

The Integrated Bioeconomy Project (IBP) is focused on the integration of advanced technologies to deliver the controlled biosphere, a protected cropping system that can produce 10 times more high quality food, with 10 times less water than conventional field production.

The initiative

Global food demand is forecast to increase by 2% per year to 2050 due to our expanding population and the improvement in our standard of living. This ensures a rapidly expanding market, the supply of which will increasingly be impacted by climate variability as well as access to fresh water and nutrients.

The value proposition of the Integrated Bioeconomy Project is that it will deliver an advanced integrated production system with broad reaching benefi ts. It consists of a high-tech protected cropping system (controlled biosphere) able to produce up to 10 times more food than fi eld production with 10 times less water. This can also be integrated into, and enhance, conventional fi eld production.

The project is guided by thorough economic and life cycle analysis to select and integrate the best of a range of advanced greenhouse technologies, thin fi lm photovoltaic and heat exchange systems, crop and algae production systems, CO2 enrichment technologies, soil enhancers, nutrient recycling, water purifi cation capability and biological control methods. These provide optimised production conditions in terms of temperature, humidity, CO2, light, nutrients, pest and disease control.

Our strategy will allow the conversion of abundant natural resources – sunlight, CO2, degraded land and low quality water – into high value products such as fresh nutritious food, algal products (e.g. nutraceuticals), clean energy and clean water.

This project taps into the growing horticulture and clean food markets, advancing toward more efficient, profitable and sustainable closed loop systems.

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