Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

New large-scale aquaponics project funded by the EU – optimized food and water management

10.02.2014
How can we cope with the global future challenges?

The growing world population induces competition for water, land, food, and energy. But resources are limited, and unsustainable agricultural practices and climate change are aggravating these problems.


Aquaponics system for (nearly) emission free tomato- and fish production in greenhouses.
IGB

Therefore, the European Union (EU) decided to fund a visionary project: for the next 4 years, 18 partners from 8 countries will work on an auspicious new green technology. About 6 million Euros are granted to implement an innovative aquaponics system that has the potential to contribute remarkably to global food security for the 21st century.

Aquaponics is a portmanteau word, including aquaculture (fish rearing) and hydroponics (soilless plant breeding). An aquaponics system allows the double-use of water, nutrients, energy, and space. Wastewater from the aquaculture section is used for the nutrition of the plants. The newly started collaborative project INAPRO (“Innovative model & demonstration based water management for resource efficiency in integrated multitrophic agriculture and aquaculture systems”) aims at achieving a real breakthrough towards implementation and commercialization of this promising technology.

The project coordination of INAPRO is located at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) in Berlin, Germany. Scientists at IGB have developed the technology “ASTAF-PRO” (aquaponics system for (nearly) emission free tomato- and fish production in greenhouses) that provides ideal growth conditions for both fishes and vegetables at the same time – a challenge that traditional aquaponics systems cannot overcome. “ASTAF-PRO offers sustainable value-added chains, with special regards to a significantly reduced water and carbon footprint compared to currently existing systems”, explains Prof. Dr. Werner Kloas, one of the developers.

“ASTAF-PRO is the technological basis for INAPRO. Together with our international, highly qualified and experienced project partners from science and industry, we aim at covering the whole value chain from research to market, from modeling and experimental research at pilot scale to communication and knowledge transfer to policymaking, business and the public at large”, outlines Dr. Georg Staaks, project coordinator for INAPRO.

In the project, four large-scale demonstration facilities – each at about 500m² – will be modeled, built, and evaluated. The sites will be located in Spain, Belgium, Germany, and China. Additionally, an artist will design several smaller mobile showcases to present the aquaponics system to the public. “Thereby, all stakeholders will have the possibility to experience this innovative technology”, says Staaks.

“We want to prove the economic viability of the system, and develop modular solutions of the system scalable and adaptable to local conditions. INAPRO will open new market opportunities for innovative aquaponics both inside and outside Europe, for producers and technology suppliers from the manufacturing industries as well as for the end-users”, summarizes Kloas.

IGB provides further information (fact sheet) and graphical material for the media.
Contact:
Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB)
Müggelseedamm 310
12587 Berlin
GERMANY
Questions concerning the project
Dr. Georg Staaks
Project coordinator
Tel. +49 (0)30 641 81 625
Mobile: +49 (0)162 21 18 229
E-mail: oki@igb-berlin.de
Questions concerning the technical system:
Prof. Dr. Werner Kloas
Head of the department ecophysiology and aquaculture
Tel. +49 (0) 641 81 630
E-mail: werner.kloas@igb-berlin.de
Twitter: INAPRO – @INAPRO_EU
Participant organisations
Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries-IGB, Germany
PAL-Anlagenbau GmbH, Germany
autosoft (SME), Germany
CAUIOT ltd. (SME), China
Tilamur (SME), Spain
Müritzfischer, Germany
EUROVIX, Italy
Inagro, Belgium
Fytagoras, Netherlands
AliénorEU, Belgium
Ctopia, Austria
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Fraunhofer AST, Germany
Wageningen University - WUR, Netherlands
China Agricultural University - CAU, China
Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute, China
Institute of the Marine research - IMR, Norway
Stichting DLO, Netherlands
IFQ GmbH Wismar, Germany
Weitere Informationen:
http://www.inapro-project.eu
http://www.facebook.com/inaproproject
http://www.igb-berlin.de

Karl-Heinz Karisch | Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.
Further information:
http://www.fv-berlin.de

More articles from Life Sciences:

nachricht Multi-institutional collaboration uncovers how molecular machines assemble
02.12.2016 | Salk Institute

nachricht Fertilized egg cells trigger and monitor loss of sperm’s epigenetic memory
02.12.2016 | IMBA - Institut für Molekulare Biotechnologie der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften GmbH

All articles from Life Sciences >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Novel silicon etching technique crafts 3-D gradient refractive index micro-optics

A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.

Working with colleagues at Stanford and The Dow Chemical Company, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fabricated 3-D birefringent...

Im Focus: Quantum Particles Form Droplets

In experiments with magnetic atoms conducted at extremely low temperatures, scientists have demonstrated a unique phase of matter: The atoms form a new type of quantum liquid or quantum droplet state. These so called quantum droplets may preserve their form in absence of external confinement because of quantum effects. The joint team of experimental physicists from Innsbruck and theoretical physicists from Hannover report on their findings in the journal Physical Review X.

“Our Quantum droplets are in the gas phase but they still drop like a rock,” explains experimental physicist Francesca Ferlaino when talking about the...

Im Focus: MADMAX: Max Planck Institute for Physics takes up axion research

The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) is opening up a new research field. A workshop from November 21 - 22, 2016 will mark the start of activities for an innovative axion experiment. Axions are still only purely hypothetical particles. Their detection could solve two fundamental problems in particle physics: What dark matter consists of and why it has not yet been possible to directly observe a CP violation for the strong interaction.

The “MADMAX” project is the MPP’s commitment to axion research. Axions are so far only a theoretical prediction and are difficult to detect: on the one hand,...

Im Focus: Molecules change shape when wet

Broadband rotational spectroscopy unravels structural reshaping of isolated molecules in the gas phase to accommodate water

In two recent publications in the Journal of Chemical Physics and in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, researchers around Melanie Schnell from the Max...

Im Focus: Fraunhofer ISE Develops Highly Compact, High Frequency DC/DC Converter for Aviation

The efficiency of power electronic systems is not solely dependent on electrical efficiency but also on weight, for example, in mobile systems. When the weight of relevant components and devices in airplanes, for instance, is reduced, fuel savings can be achieved and correspondingly greenhouse gas emissions decreased. New materials and components based on gallium nitride (GaN) can help to reduce weight and increase the efficiency. With these new materials, power electronic switches can be operated at higher switching frequency, resulting in higher power density and lower material costs.

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE together with partners have investigated how these materials can be used to make power...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

ICTM Conference 2017: Production technology for turbomachine manufacturing of the future

16.11.2016 | Event News

Innovation Day Laser Technology – Laser Additive Manufacturing

01.11.2016 | Event News

#IC2S2: When Social Science meets Computer Science - GESIS will host the IC2S2 conference 2017

14.10.2016 | Event News

 
Latest News

UTSA study describes new minimally invasive device to treat cancer and other illnesses

02.12.2016 | Medical Engineering

Plasma-zapping process could yield trans fat-free soybean oil product

02.12.2016 | Agricultural and Forestry Science

What do Netflix, Google and planetary systems have in common?

02.12.2016 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>