Reducing diesel in the aquaculture industry (RD014)

Aim:

The focus of the project is to reduce the diesel consumed by offshore fish farms, and subsequently reduce the amount of CO2 emitted by the industry. The project will demonstrate the technology and validate the economics of the system in an operational environment.

Funding Amount:

£39,000

Duration of Project:

12 Months

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Project Summary:

The focus of the project is to reduce the diesel consumed by offshore fish farms, and subsequently reduce the amount of CO2 emitted by the industry. The project will demonstrate the technology and validate the economics of the system in an operational environment. The hybrid solution Aqua Power Technologies is proposing enables lower power loads to be powered using the stored energy, whilst, the high power applications are powered using the onboard generator, not the hybrid system. However, when the generator is on and is powering the high power applications, it also charges the energy storage system of the hybrid too, which means that the high capacity generator is optimally loaded, to ensure the most efficient use of the diesel consumed on the farm.

Aqua Power Technologies is proposing a technology which requires no change to the way in which a typical farm operates. The hybrid system automatically switches between the stored energy powering the farm and the generator powering the farm. This methodology means that to the farmer there is no difference in how the farm operates, which will provide an easier adoption into the industry of the hybrid system, and therefore provide a greater opportunity to have a significant impact in CO2 reduction.

STATUS: Ongoing

Project Lead

Aqua Power Technologies Ltd.