Redsea Commissions Award-winning Desert Greenhouse Facility In Abu Dhabi

First look for UAE audiences at technologies transforming global, commercial farming

Al Ain, United Arab Emirates – 1 March 2023: RedSea, the innovative AgTech whose pioneering technology enables commercial farming in hot environments, announces the commissioning and start of operations at its award-winning greenhouse facility. The technology in the new Abu Dhabi facility – which is a first in the United Arab Emirates – will help diversify food product sources and stimulate the region’s agri-food sectors.  

The commissioning is a first look for UAE audiences at RedSea’s cutting-edge, sustainable agricultural technologies. The one-hectare showcase facility is set to supercharge wider adoption of the technologies in the UAE for the benefit of local growers and significantly impact Abu Dhabi’s agricultural ecosystem. The project received HSBC’s Living Business award for innovative water management and efficiency.

RedSea’s focus on resource and food scarcity supports the UAE’s ‘National Food Security Strategy’ to promote food security with advanced agricultural technology. With climate change and increasing global food shortages, the UAE and the Middle East are leading the way in addressing these huge issues ahead of COP 28.

Ryan Lefers, Chief Executive Officer of RedSea, said: 

“We are delighted for UAE audiences to have their first glimpse of our award-winning technology, which is transforming global controlled environment agriculture and open-field farming. There is a clear path for local growers to use this technology to generate higher production yields, operate more sustainably and be more profitable.

“Globally, food production is frequently unsustainable and very vulnerable to climate change. Our technology – which addresses these problems directly – is a solution born in the deserts of the Middle East and already being delivered in hot climates around the world.”

Miles Thornhill, Team Head Corporate Banking and Head of Business Banking UAE at HSBC, commented:

“HSBC is focused on helping to deliver a net zero global economy, which includes channelling investment towards sustainable projects. Sustainable finance has an important role to play in allowing AgTech companies, such as RedSea, to scale and demonstrate solutions that help build a better future.”

RedSea’s facility directly compares, side-by-side, its roots to roof technologies with technologies currently  used in the GCC. RedSea’s technologies include iyris heat-blocking low-cost roofing, a climate-controlled recirculating deep water culture system for growth of berries, and a saltwater evaporative cooling system functioning without desalination. RedSea’s climate-adapted IoT sensors – which allow remote monitoring and greenhouse management – will serve as the management      system. 

The greenhouse facility is powered by 2,000m2 of elevated solar panels functioning as agrivoltaics, with protected crops grown under the panels and heat-blocking net – showcasing the full capability of RedSea’s sustainable technologies.

RedSea is also demonstrating its resilient genetics, which enable salt, heat, and drought-tolerant crops of better quality and increase yields. The facility will showcase RedSea’s saltwater irrigated fodder plot – a ground-breaking use of salty brine for irrigation of fodder for livestock feed.