Last week car manufacturer Hyundai erected an aquaponic farm outside the London Design museum for a day, to demonstrate the sustainable and green nature of their zero-emission ix35 Fuel Cell car.
Hyundai’s Fuel Cell system uses hydrogen and air to create electrical power that runs the car, which then results in emissions of just heat and water vapor. For the aquaponic farm installation, Something & Son — a London design practice that focuses on sustainable design — connected the ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle to a fish tank. The water vapor run-off was filtered into the tank, where carp were kept. The waste from the fish was then used to feed vegetables, creating a symbiotic environment.
Paul Smyth, Something & Son’s Head Designer said in a statement:
The chance to design and build something really innovative that demonstrates Hyundai’s fuel cell technology to the public in a way that is fun and engaging was an enjoyable challenge. Urban farming and fuel cell vehicles are both more sustainable alternatives to existing technologies and we hope the experiment will help bring hydrogen fuel cell technology to the forefront of people’s minds through this exciting design challenge. This project serves as a reminder of the role that technology can play in a greener 21st Century.
The installation was intended to teach both the public both about aquaponic farming (a sustainable practice that combines growing plants in water and raising fish in tanks) and hydrogen fuel cells.
See a video of the event below: