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This Dutch ecovillage grows its own food, generates its own electricity and recycles its own garbage

This Dutch ecovillage grows its own food, generates its own electricity and recycles its own garbage

ReGen's ecovillage on the outskirts of Amsterdam will grow its own food, generate its own energy and recycle its own garbage. It will be a 100% self-sufficient community.

Whoever is lucky enough to live in one of the houses in this new neighborhood under construction, in a suburb of Amsterdam, will have their dining room next to an indoor urban garden. Outside, you will have another seasonal garden. And down the street, almost everything you eat will be grown on high-tech vertical farms.

The neighborhood will be a new type of community designed to be completely self-sufficient, grow its own food, generate its own energy, and recycle its waste in a closed loop.

They will use the most advanced methods of growing food, a combination of aeroponics, aquaponics, permaculture, food forests and high-yield organic farming - the neighborhood will generate more food than a traditional farm of the same size, with fewer resources. Aquaponics, for example, can produce 10 times more food on the same amount of land, with 90% less water.

The community also produces its own energy, using a mix of geothermal, solar, solar thermal, wind and biomass energy.

A smart grid will distribute energy efficiently, using electric cars as an energy storage system for peak demand.

A biogas plant will convert any non-compostable waste into energy and water.

A water storage system will collect rainwater and gray water to redistribute to seasonal gardens and the aquaponic system.

This is the first in a network of similar communities that ReGen plans to build around the world.

The community will be inaugurated in 2017.

All images: Effekt.

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