Updated: Oct 31, 2019
Automated farming of kelp/seagrass is a major part of Forever Fleet. Here is why:
An effective way to sequester carbon from the atmosphere, is by farming kelp or seagrass and dump it into the deep ocean - here it enters the sediments on the sea bed, with 88% being permanently captured and under no risk of getting burned or otherwise released as opposed to just 18% for ground based plants.
Such CO2 sequestration can giving Forever Fleet a sizeable early income, due to currently providing carbon credits and emission allowances which can be traded for money on the EU and international markets. Our method can therefore scale quickly over 5 to 10 years to massively counter-act human emissions, and as such at least slow the effects of the climate crisis, if not stop it.
Some of the farmed kelp/seagrass can also be used for food in Forever Fleet, both directly as salad and snacks, or indirectly as nutrition rich base material for all kinds of food production and indoor farming in Forever Fleet, from vegetables to cultured meat.
Carbon fibers can be produced from the high carbon content in the kelp/seagrass, resulting in materials stronger than steel and concrete yet produced with less resources and lasting longer with little to no corrosion over centuries. And can be used in 3D printers, as well as recycled after end use. Concept cars have already been produced from these materials a decade ago, in 2009. Eventually, most of Forever Fleet will probably be built from these and similar materials.
Kelp in nature already grows amazingly fast, with more than 0.5 meters (2 feet) per day per plant, and grows faster the more it is grazed by sea life (or us), as long as it has amble light and nutrients. The world has lost some 15-85% of its kelp and seagrass fields today, so replanting in these areas is just helping nature come back. Which also improves the biome in general resulting in more diversity and volume of shellfish etc..
Our robotized methods are much more gentle than current industrialized kelp farming, which relies on big boats and massive manpower. In addition we involve the locals as defacto owners of the sea fields and educate some of them them as nearby field supporters for our robots, giving local communities a steady income and renewed purpose - in addition to offering them to become Forever Fleet inhabitant.