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Development of the Pond Pisciculture Intensification Technology by Improving the Biological Living Conditions for Young Fish Applying PV-Energy

Tech Area / Field

  • NNE-SOL/Solar Energy/Non-Nuclear Energy
  • AGR-OTH/Other/Agriculture

3 Approved without Funding

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Leading Institute
Belarussian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics, Belarus, Minsk

Supporting institutes

  • Republican Unitary Enterprise "Institute of Fish Industry", Belarus, Minsk\nPlastma Ltd, Belarus, Minsk\nInstitute of Power Engineering of Industrial Agroindustrial Complex, Belarus, Minsk


  • Universidad Politecnica de Madrid / Instituto de Energia Solar, Spain, Madrid\nEcolori S.p.A., Italy, Pray\nUniversita Degli Studi di Torino / Dipartamento di Economia e Ingeneria Agraria, Forestale e Ambientale, Italy, Torino

Project summary

Objective of the project – Development and demonstration of the pond pisciculture intensification technology by creating comfortable biological conditions by means of water aeration in ponds and by enrichment of the natural food ration for pond fish during the first and second years of life, applying a solar energy photovoltaic system (PV-system) as an energy source.

Task description: In the Republic of Belarus and some other regions in the world the pond farms are mainly located on peatbogs and marshes, which creates peculiar hydro-chemical conditions: namely the contents of the incoming water, bottom grounds, wind conditions, evolution of phito- and animal plankton, presence of macorphytes, etc. Preliminary research proves that an increase in efficiency of such ponds is possible at the expense of water aeration and widening the content of proteins in the food ration of fish (Generation Solar Renewable Energy Systems: agricultural_appl. htm// PV- systems are deemed as an optimal energy source for intensification of pond pisciculture for they do not demand expensive maintenance and disposable materials, are environment-friendly, feature long service life (20-30 years), and can be controlled automatically (Hubert Aulich and Wilchelm Schutze First published in Renewable Energy World November-December High death rate among fry in Belarus pond pisciculture, caused by oxygen deficiency and lack of proteins in food ration, results in low profitability of the pond pisciculture, in this connection the application of the intensification technology is considered a very important and poignant task.

Impacts of the suggested project on the progress in the field of pond pisciculture rests in expanding the world science knowledge regarding improvement of biological conditions of fish breeding in ponds located to the north of latitude 500 North, predominantly in peatbogs and marshes, as well as widening the experience of application of solar energy systems in this region. The project creates necessary prerequisites for industrialization of the branch to diminish the influence of climatic and landscape factors on the product yield indicators.

Project participants are represented in the team by expert groups of 4 (four) companies. The BSUIR expert group, with some of the members being experts in the missile technologies field, is in charge for developing an automated system of the technological process control. The group of specialists representing the Fish Industry Institute, some of who are experts in the field of biological weapons, will carry out research of biological characteristics of breeding ponds, fry conditions at all phases of the technology development and demonstration. The group of specialists representing the Power Engineering Institute some of who are experts in the field of missile technologies, will develop and test the aeration and pond illumination system. The group of specialists representing Plastma Co., some of who are experts in the field of missile technologies and chemical weapons, will design the PV-system and carry out its full-scale testing. The competence of the participants on the project subject is well-proved by their publications.

Expected results: Upon solving 5 target tasks of the project the following results are expected to be gained.

  1. The oxygen conditions and piscicultural indicators will be determined under conditions of both regular and intensive pisciculture in the Republic of Belarus.
  2. The technological equipment will be developed, including: an automated control system, diffusion-type aeration system, pond night-illumination system, self-contained photovoltaic power supply system.
  3. The pond pisciculture intensification technology with aeration production processes applied will be developed.
  4. A package of the technological equipment will be produced.
  5. The pond pisciculture intensification demonstration and proving of the technological steps in full-scale environmental conditions will be executed.

Applied value of the project is estimated as a least of 20% increase in the fry yield and 30% increase in the average fry mass. Scientific value of the project is confined to an integrated solution to the problem of the pond pisciculture intensification by means of providing optimal oxygen conditions and refinement of the natural food ration of fish using solar energy. Commercial value of the project is determined by economy of the pond fish larvae and enhanced yield of fry, thus resulting in increase in the annual profits of the branch.

Intellectual property under the project is subject to protection.

Application of the project results is possible at pond farms, situated in the regions to the north of latitude 50 North, in peatbogs and marshes.

The project conformance with the tasks and objectives of ISTC:

This project execution meets the goals and objectives of ISTC, for it:

  • Opens a good opportunity for the specialists and scientists formerly involved with the “weapons” sector to re-direct their activities with the aid of financial support from the project developments in the civil sector;
  • Encourages integration of the scientists, participating in the project into the international scientific society thanking to the cooperation with the Collaborators when working on the problem of PV energy application in biology;
  • Supports the research and development of the pond pisciculture intensification technology;
  • Helps tackling problems, such as the conversion of military enterprises, national employment, and pisciculture intensification on an international level;
  • Supports transition of specialists from the “weapons” sector to the work under the the market economy conditions by means of consequent commercialization of the research results.

Work scope data:

Project duration – 36 months.

Labor intensity of the project – 11 230 human days.

The content of work includes completion of 5 target tasks:

  • Ecological and biological monitoring of ponds implies investigation of oxygen conditions and piscicultural indicators in both the check and pilot ponds.
  • Designing of equipment packages includes development of the automated control system (ACS), the production aeration system (PAS), and the PV-system.
  • The essence of the pisciculture intensification technology development is confined to regulating the equipment operation conditions that results in achievement of the required values of oxygen conditions and piscicultural activities.

The technological equipment package design implies fabrication and purchase of necessary components and units and assembly of the package on an experimental basis.

The technology is planned to be demonstrated under full-scale conditions during both summer and winter periods followed by a feasibility study of the project results industrialization.

Role of foreign collaborators:

In the frame of the project it is planned to cooperate with the Collaborators in the below mentioned areas:

  • Exchange of scientific information during the project;
  • Commenting on the reports to be submitted by the project participants to the ISTC;
  • Cross checks of the results, gained in the course of the project;
  • Expert evaluation and estimation of the equipment and technology to be developed under the project;
  • Rendering assistance in purchasing equipment to fulfill the project tasks and objectives;
  • Arrangement of joint symposia and workshops.

Technical approach and methodology:

The evaluation of the pond oxygen conditions will be performed by thermooxyometric method, the phytoplankton condition will be estimated with the aid of the Fooks-Rosental chamber, the piscicultural indicators will be determined by means of catching and weighing the young fish in the base and check ponds.

The automated control system (ACS) design will rest on the microcontroller system operation principle on a basis of a programmable logic integrated circuit (PLIC) with an option of its computer-reprogramming supported.

The aeration production system design will rely on the results on the biological and ecological monitoring as soon as the system efficiency will have been experimentally proved at the breadboarding stage. The PV-system design will be grounded by the estimates of time and territorial potentials of the PV-conversion over the territory of the Republic of Belarus, of the solar modules efficiency, and of launch characteristics of loading devices.

The intensification technology will be implemented by regulating the technological operations of the equipment with subsequent monitoring of the biological characteristics of the ponds and piscicultural indicators. The technological equipment manufactured will be integrated in a single package, methodologically controlled by the ACS system according to a preset algorithm. The technology demonstration will be performed during both summer and winter periods, accompanied by a set of statistical data and the feasibility study of the project results industrialization.


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