NanoClay turns desert to fertile soil

Desert Control claims they can turn desert into fertile soil for agriculture in seven hours.

Ole Morten Oelesen tests the NanoClay in the desert in Egypt.

Ole Morten Oelesen tests the NanoClay in the desert in Egypt. Photo: Desert Control

Desert Control, run by the Norwegian father and son Kristian og Ole Morten Olesen, have been developing NanoClay since 2008. After winning the Climate Launchpad award recently it is finally ready to be released. NanoClay is produced by combining clay and water in a patented mixing process.

Agriculture in the desert
NanoClay is natural type of clay and also have a unique ability to retain water and soil is like a sponge. The patented mixing units are applied directly into the irrigation water and use sprinklers to spread it. The mix sinks into the soil, creating a 40-60 cm deep layer, which retains the water like a sponge. This layer stops water from evaporating and ensures optimal growing conditions for anything you plant in it.

To cultivate sandy soil into fertile land normally takes 7-15 years, Desert Control does it in 7 hours. One application lasts a minimum of 5 years.

With the continuing rising temperatures and changing rain patters make the invention timely. Devastating droughts destroy harvests, make soil infertile and allow deserts to increase in size. Combining this with a continuous growing population the NanoClay has the potential to be a very valuable invention.

Many benefits
The NanoClay is said to be completely organic and does not use any chemicals.

It will save users between 1/2 to 2/3 of the water they are currently using to irrigate their land.Tests have shown a significant yield increase on anything planted in soil treated with NanoClay and fertilizer.

More so, turning desert to green land lowers the surface temperature around 15°C and reduces CO2 emissions by 15-17 tons per hectare.

It will be interesting to see if the duo is able to scale the use of its NanoClay.

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