Reiner Rockel

Self-regulating, knitted fabric system development for moisture harvesting to establish a micro-environment capable of sustaining plant life

London College of Fashion

Insufficient quantities of affordable irrigation water and hostile dry weather conditions render many areas unsuitable for crop farming. The increasing global population and the effects of climate change urge the development of these untapped assets.

This research focuses on the potential to exploit the desert environment for growing food crops, utilising knitted textiles as substrate. The aim is to develop and test a prototype knitted textile system to harvest atmospheric water vapour in order to create an environment for growing food crops in situ in desert environments, irrigated by the harvested water.

Supervisors

Professor Sandy Black

Professor Helen Storey

Professor Subhash Anand (University of Bolton)