Today more than half of the world’s population lives in cities and relies on food shipped over long distances. This inefficiency could be resolved by growing food locally.
CO2 is an essential building block in the photosynthetic growth of trees, plants and flowers. The global human population is projected to surpass 9 billion by 2050. At the same time, humanity is also facing many challenges when it comes to food production, such as climate change, severe droughts, soil depletion, diseases, water pollution, water scarcity, and the loss of biodiversity.
Urban greenhouses provide an optimal solution for feeding the growing urban population. And CO2 has an important role to play here. It is an essential component of photosynthesis, a chemical process that uses light energy to convert CO2 and water into sugars in green plants. The plants then use these sugars to grow. A higher level of CO2 can speed up this process and enable healthier, stronger plants. Depending on the crop, this can lead to an increase in yields of 20% to 40%.
Our technology gives the end user access to a convenient, independent supply of CO2 that is easy to use and maintain. Skytree is currently working with a US based urban greenhouse developer to make this process a reality.