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LIFE-AQUASEF - ECO-EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGIES DEVELOPMENT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT OF AQUACULTURE, AQUASEF

LIFE13 ENV/ES/000420


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Project Manager: Maribel RODRÍGUEZ
Tel: 003491 804 53 72
Fax: 34917710854
Email: maribel.rodriguez@ariema.com



Project description:

Background

Around 50% of the fishing products consumed in the world today come from aquaculture (FAO, 2010) and this percentage is set to gradually to increase. Marine aquaculture will increase its production by more than 20 times by 2050 (FAO). Over the coming years, however, developing countries will cease to be net exporters to the more developed countries (such as the EU Member States) and they will supply increasing amounts of food to their domestic markets.

Nevertheless, the average consumption of fish products per inhabitant in the EU is 23.3 kg/year, considerably higher than the global average of 18 kg/year. These figures underscore the need to increase the number of aquaculture facilities in Europe to supply citizens with good quality food, without producing a negative impact on natural resources. The main environmental impacts of aquaculture relate to energy and water consumption, use of raw materials and eutrophication of water systems due to the discharge of pollutants.


Objectives

The main objective of AQUASEF is to demonstrate, promote and disseminate the use of efficient and innovative, low-emission technologies in the aquaculture sector, especially the inshore modality. In particular, the project will focus on implementing technologies to increase the environmental sustainability of the cultivation cycle of fishes and salt water molluscs, on reducing its carbon footprint and on improving the quality of water.

Project measures will reduce the energy dependence of the facilities, the oxygen dependence of the tanks, and the overall environmental impact in water ecosystems through effluent treatment and CO2 fixation.

Specifically, the project will demonstrate:

  • The possibility of optimising energy consumption by implementing best management practices and using renewable energies for three power generators (two photovoltaic and one aeolian);
  • The environmental advantages of using hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in the aquaculture sector. An electrolyser of 5 kW powered by renewable energies will be tested for the self-production of oxygen;
  • Best practices for aeration and oxygenation in aquaculture – high efficiency aerators will be installed; and
  • Possibilities of fixing the CO2 emitted by autoctonous microalgae cultivation. The project will demonstrate how microalgae have an added value as diet for fishes and molluscs and as a natural element in the purification of effluents.
  • Expected results:

  • Reduced GHG emissions from the aquaculture facility by 46.6 tonnes of CO2 per year by using renewable energy sources to cover at least 10% of the energy demand;
  • Reduced GHG emissions by 56 tonnes CO2 per year through the implementation of energy-efficiency measures in the operation and control of the equipment, reducing the energy consumption of the plant by 20%;
  • Increased efficiency by self-production of oxygen through renewable sources (hydrogen cell), producing energy savings of 15.878 kWh/year and reduced GHG emissions by 4.72 tonnes CO2 /year;
  • Improved diet of fishes and molluscs thanks to the addition of microalgae making it unnecessary to supply additives, which generate residues on the water tanks;
  • Fixed CO2 emitted in the gases combustion by canalising and supplying this CO2 to the microalgae cultivation tanks; and
  • A good practice guide on the implementation of new technologies in aquaculture facilities.


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Environmental issues addressed:

Themes

Energy - Efficiency
Energy - Savings
Energy - Supply
Industry-Production - Agriculture - Fisheries
Water - Water quality improvement
Climate change Mitigation - Renewable energies
Climate change Mitigation - Energy efficiency
Climate change Mitigation - GHG reduction in non EU ETS sectors


Keywords

fishing industry‚  energy saving‚  food production‚  greenhouse gas‚  pollutant elimination‚  marine environment‚  renewable energy


Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable


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Beneficiaries:

Coordinator Ariema Energia y Medioambiente S.L.
Type of organisation SME Small and medium sized enterprise
Description ARIEMA, a technological spin-off of the Spanish institute for aerospace technologies (INTA), was founded in 2002. It has participated in R&D projects on energy efficiency, energy uses and energy storage. In particular, it is a leader in fuel cell and hydrogen technologies as well as a specialist in carrying out efficiency-energy studies of the fishing industry. It also has a wealth of experience is carrying out energy audits in this sector. It has performed energy audits in fishing vessels – in cooperation with efficiency energy institute of the region of Galicia (INEGA) – in aquaculture plants and in other primary sector industries.
Partners D&BTech(DROPS & BUBBLES TECNOLOGIA S.L.), Spain ESTEROSC(ESTEROS DE CANELA S.A.), Spain HELIOTRON(HELIOTRÓNICA Sistemas SL), Spain CTAQUA(FUNDACIÓN CENTRO TECNOLÓGICO DE ACUICULTURA DE ANDALUCÍA, CTAQUA), Spain

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Project reference LIFE13 ENV/ES/000420
Duration 02-JUN-2014 to 30-JUN -2017
Total budget 1,899,318.00 €
EU contribution 919,744.00 €
Project location Galicia(España),Asturias(España),Cantabria(España),País Vasco(España),Navarra(España),Rioja(España),Aragón(España),Madrid(España),Castilla-León(España),Castilla-La Mancha(España),Extremadura(España),Cataluña(España),Comunidad Valenciana(España),Baleares(España),Andalucía(España),Murcia(España),Ceuta y Melilla(España),Canarias(España)

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