The Hungarian state has announced an ambitious plan to build a gigantic greenhouse that will be powered by renewable energy, with less than one city down. The Hegyeshalom-Bezenye project foresees the construction of an agricultural center at the border of Hungary, Austria, and Slovakia. The greenhouse would occupy an area of 330 hectares, which is in proportion to the surface of 500 football fields.
Hungarian Agriculture Minister Istvan Nagi emphasized that this project will represent a transition to a new epoch of agriculture. In the presented project, the Hungarian government cooperates with German firm FAKT, as well as a supplier of energy to the company EON, which will provide power supply to the farms predominantly solar energy and biogas, while geothermal power plants will generate cooling energy. The functioning of the farm, as well as the process of its construction, will be carbon neutral.
Gigantic greenhouse size 500 football fields
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In the giant greenhouse all year round, a variety of fruits and vegetables will be grown, such as eggplant and tomatoes. On the part of the farm, the largest land pond in Europe will be organized as well as cold storage and other logistics facilities. In the immediate vicinity of the greenhouse, a housing estate for employees and their families will be built, which will include a kindergarten, elementary school, hotels, and shops.
Avoiding a catastrophe
Undoubtedly, the Hungarians seriously grasped the UN report, to which the world issued a warning that we have only 12 years to prevent global warming by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius in order to avoid a global catastrophe. Given that new urban development around the world gives priority to sustainability, we have to hope that such a fate will not befall us, but of course, each of us will act locally.