Nutreco Feed Tech Challenge 2018

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Solar Hatchery!

Fish farms in general, and their hatcheries in particular, are so sensitive to the quality of water supplied. A solar desalination system can deliver the high quality water needed for the hatcheries, and drastically reduce the cost of operation and maintenance for the farmers. The idea is supporting fish farms in off-grid communities where water quality is not suitable for their hatcheries. Then, a tailored designed solar water desalination system can deliver both the secured quality water and electricity needed for the fish farm.

Describe the problem your company wishes to solve and how your product or service will solve it

Creating jobs in rural areas and off-grid communities is one of the most difficult tasks of any governments around the globe. Such communities do not have the basis of developments and industries to be used for local empowerment. Places lacking access to both electricity and safe drinking water are the most affected ones in term of less development and less change to crate jobs. Climate change impacts are deteriorating the quality of water in most parts of the planet. Fish farms are one of the interesting practices among developing countries for local empowerment and job creation.

Since fish farms are artificial structures, they need to have secured access to quality water and electricity. Any risk over those two can not be tolerated. The importance of the safe water and electricity is more critical when we consider fish hatcheries. Water should not have any salinity and pollution in it when used in the hatcheries. The aeration of the hatcheries ma not tolerate any electricity cut off.

This is the basis of the problem that is impacting the development of fish farms as a local business in less developed countries. Our solution is Winture Planet Cube, as an innovative solar water desalination system, capable of being implemented in agricultural, farming and drinking water applications. Winture Planet Cube is an AFFORDABLE solution where offers a simple solution at a very low cost to low income communities. Producing 1000 liter of drinking water from direct seawater by our system costs just 0.60 EURO! If the water resource is not direct seawater, then the cost of water production will be even lower. (to as low as 0.40 Euro for 1000 liter). Since we are operating Winture Planet Cube on solar, we can make sure all the electricity needed by the hatcheries will also be supplied by the same machine. This way the farmers are well assured their access to water and electricity is well secured.

Such a solution, has high impact on the local empowerment and community development in developing countries. 

Describe other business assistance that you are seeking from Nutreco

Such a solar water desalination system can be well implemented in other farming industries. Wherever the need of water and electricity is key for an industry Winture Planet Cube is right there as an affordable low cost operation solution.

Are you available to participate in the final event in the Netherlands 28, 29, and 30 May? All expenses will be covered by Nutreco


Describe how the prize - a validation trial in our facilities - could boost the development of your business

Such an opportunity opens a grate door for our work toward scopes beyond drinking water supply. We are seriously looking to enter to the farming sector and what could be better for us than having the chance to have a pilot project with Nutreco! 

I believe such a project can be well recognized around the globe among all international development organizations and the UN development programs. I can arrange GIZ, UNIDO and UNDP to also take part in this project and and their role as supportive parties.

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edited on 15th February 2018, 10:02 by Hamed Beheshti

teresa debesa 1 month ago

The idea has been progressed to the next milestone.

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Saravanan Subramanian 4 weeks ago

Nice idea. I fully agree with you that a high quality water is necessary for fish hatchery but the amount of water needed to run hatchery on daily basis is also very high. The system (Planet-Cube ASW/ABW) you are proposing to establish solar fish hatchery provides up to 650 liters of pure potable water per hour. I am wondering how many system are needed to run a commercial fish hatchery? Is there any specific reason that you are targeting your product for fish hatchery segment?

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Hamed Beheshti 4 weeks ago

Dear Saravanan, thank you for your comment. The point is Winture Planet Cube is a modular solution that comes in customized solution. That means the size of the machine is adastable and scalable according to the real need. There is an application form that our clients fill out, that gives us enough information about type of pollution they have in their raw water and also informs us about the volume of water needed. That way we can simply increase or decrease the output volume and treat different kind of unwanted minerals in the raw water. Now we have a system capable of delivering 10,000 liter per hour. That is not a problem to scale up this technology to the certain scale. Hope I could answer your question.

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Hamed Beheshti 4 weeks ago

And for the last part of your question, why we are targeting the fish hatcheries. That is coming from real application and a real need we have been faced with. In addition, my work is always around empowering commiunities with opportunities to build up their own businesses. I have faced places in East Africa where the interest and the market for fish farms we're available, however, the access to safe water is what hindering the development of such projects. We are now using our technology in agriculture industry, and drinking water industry, and would like to extend the umbrella of our services to the fish farms too.

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Chris van Bussel 4 weeks ago

Hi Hamed, thanks for contributing! I was wondering what kind of fish species you are targeting. You write that water for fish hatcheries should not have any salinity in it, so I assume you target fresh water fish species? Would it not be easier to raise fish which tolerate the salinity of the surrounding waters? For example marine fish/shrimp in marine waters, or tilapia in brackish waters?

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Hamed Beheshti 4 weeks ago

Dear Chris, thanks for the very good comment. Well, the point is: according to FAO, just two out of 15 top species of fish in the fish farms around the globe are for seawater or brackish water. The absolute dominance of the common species is with freshwater fish. This is the main basis for this proposal. While, the fish farms industry is growing around freshwater species, climate change impacts is deteriorating the quality of surface water resources and in places like East Africa, ground water resources are getting saline (or chloride and fluride). The other point is the increasing pollution in surface water around the globe is putting fish hatcheries in a further risk due to the dangerous elements in their raw water. This projection makes us think of an alternative that is delivering high water quality at the lowest cost with no additional cost for electricity. Please advise if I can explore this answer any further for more clarification.

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Chris van Bussel 3 weeks ago

Thanks Hamed for your answer. I assume you refer to this list . Actually 15 out of 15 are freshwater species in their early life stage (since salmon and trout spawn in fresh water). However most of them do tolerate some salinity, even during the fry phase.
However I fully agree with you 2nd point, the presence of other toxic elements in the water. This can often be an issue for fish hatcheries and often impossible to detect. Your idea might therefore be an easy and cheap solution!

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Hamed Beheshti 3 weeks ago

Dear Chris, yes I refereed exactly to what FAO document. However, what I said also had my experience in it. I have seen placed in south of Kenya where at the coastal region, people wanted to have fresh water fish farms. Anyway, you are right that increasing toxicity and pollution in water resources have been already impacted the marine life and is going to have more drastic impact to them in the near future.

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Hans Hols 3 weeks ago

Hi Hamed,
Your solution sounds good for tilapia farming in the middle east. Is that in your scope?

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Hamed Beheshti 2 weeks ago

Hi Hans, Thanks for the comment. Sure Tilapia is one of the growing species is the Middle East among fish farmers. So that could get a good benefit from this idea. The fact is, such a project and idea can be well applied in any places with sufficient solar radiation where fish farming is being practiced.

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marof khalifa 2 weeks ago

Especially for the rural community with lack of good water and electricity , also especially in middle east and the African regions such an idea is more sounding to be implemented and done in a good model that attract investment to the right way , this is one of the uses that can get benefits of the shiny sun in such regions beside the other ideas as my posted one

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Hamed Beheshti 2 weeks ago

True, that is exactly the notion behind our work!

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Chris Kosch 2 days ago

Brilliant ideas deserve widespread attention and support!

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Nhàn Phạm 2 days ago

Good Ideas for my Country

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