This planned neighborhood outside Amsterdam aims to be a model for the entire world by surviving in a close-loop settlement, without relying on the grid or food systems. The layout of ReGen Village suggests that all the houses will have a seasonal garden outside while the area will be self-sustainable in food as well because everything would be grown in vertical farms. Here are some exciting features of the proposed ReGen Village.
Waste Handling in ReGen Village
Compostable waste from the homes will be used to feed livestock. Soldier flies will provide for fish whose dung will be used to enhance the productivity of an aquaculture system for fruit and vegetable production. Similarly, the livestock waste will be used to fertilize the gardens.
ReGen Village community will employ state-of-the-art food production techniques to provide for the residents in the neighborhood. The designers of the society have developed ingenious techniques including aeroponics, aquaponics, permaculture, food forests, and high-yield organic farming. This will increase the yield per acre and the methods are proven to use less resources as well. The rainwater and greywater will be redirected for use in seasonal gardens and the aquaponic systems.
Living off the Grid
The sustainable ReGen Village will be powered by its own energy. The company plans to exploit the potential of the geothermal, solar, wind, biomass, and solar thermal sources of clean energy to power the community. Similarly, all the non-compostable household waste will be converted into water and electricity by the biogas system. The energy produced by the combination of these sources will then be distributed via a smart grid, to ensure power distribution efficiency.
Tesla of Eco-Villages
ReGen aims to establish communities like this across the globe. This will be the first step of many and it will be a 100-home village in the suburbs of Amsterdam. The village will be in Almere, 20 minute train commute from Amsterdam. The company is looking into a new model specifically designed for the arid climates like the Middle East. Ehrlich expounded the company strategy as:
“We tackle the first two hardest climate areas. Then from there we have global scale—rural India, sub-Saharan Africa, where we know that the population is going to increase and also be moving to the middle class. If everybody in India and Africa wants the same kind of suburbs that we’ve been building so far, the planet’s not going to make it.”
The project in Almere is expected to be completed in 2017.