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Charlie Paton

Charles Paton is a product developer, maker and designer and is a Royal Designer for Industry. For the past 20 years he has been developing his Seawater Greenhouse concept, designed to produce food and water on barren land in hot and arid coastal regions. It harnesses solar energy and seawater in a unique and inspired way to create a virtuous cycle that produces fresh food and fresh potable water in locations where food and water shortages are a significant problem. Charlie has built the pilot projects in four locations around the world to prove his concept; simple and elegant it is potentially life changing for huge numbers of people living in deprived coastal regions. The design has received many awards and it has attracted attention from all over the world, including from the National Geographic and New Scientist.