Siemens enables underwater farming

Siemens Digital Industries Software today announced that Nemo’s Garden, a startup focused on sustainable underwater cultivation of crops, has deployed Siemens’ Xcelerator portfolio of software and services to shorten its innovation cycles and move faster to industrialization and scale.

Nemo’s Garden was founded in 2021 by Sergio Gamberini, president of Italian scuba diving equipment manufacturer, Ocean Reef Group, and his son, Luca Gamberini. Their team of engineers, divers and scientists worked to prove the viability of growing herbs, fruits and vegetables underwater. Nemo’s Garden’s key innovation, an underwater biosphere, is a unique type of underwater greenhouse, capable of harnessing the positive environmental factors of the ocean – temperature stability, water generation through evaporation, absorption of CO2, abundance of oxygen and inherent protection against pests – to create an ideal environment for growing crops.

The team not only succeeded in harvesting a variety of crops from their prototype biospheres, but also found that plants grown in this environment are nutritionally richer than those grown traditionally. The next big hurdle in achieving their goal was to turn this prototype into a globally deployable solution; however, they didn’t want to wait another 10 years for that to happen.

Harsh winters, short summers, and initial seabed permit limitations limited Nemo’s Garden to one growth cycle per year, which means only one innovation cycle per year. Design changes, lengthy physical testing, and heavy manual monitoring processes during the grow cycle drove the Nemo’s Garden team to seek ways to accelerate their innovation and scale the operation. The team contacted Matteo Cavalleroni of TekSea to find out how to take advantage of cutting-edge technologies to achieve their goals. After the initial consultation, Siemens was invited to join the project, leveraging the Xcelerator software portfolio and its services to help Nemo’s Garden move to the next stage of development and prepare for industrialization/commoditization.

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