Greening the future
Greenhouses powered by nanotechnology developed in Western Australia could turn the driest of deserts into productive agricultural land, thanks to a $1.6 million grant from the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centre.
The grant will be used to build a 300sqm greenhouse using transparent glass that can generate 50 watts of power per square metre of surface area.
The solar-glass also allows 70 per cent of visible light to pass through, while blocking 90 per cent of solar UV and IR radiation.
Developed by ECU's Electron Science Research Institute (ESRI), in collaboration with ClearVue Technologies, this solar-glass will provide enough power to run heating or cooling for the greenhouse, as well as desalination to provide water.