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WATCH: Optimized renewable energy supply for a sustainable Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS)

Did you miss Gerard A Virgili's presentation on optimizing energy supply of a Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) to reduce the carbon footprint? Watch the presentation here!

BEL Lunch Optimized renewable energy supply for a sustainable Recirculating Aquaculture System RAS


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Gerard Ayuso Virgili is a PhD-fellow at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Department of Mechanical and Marine Engineering.  In this talk, he will present findings from his ongoing PhD-project on optimization of renewable energy supply for RAS. 


Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) are energy intensive compared to other aquaculture practices. Inherent water treatment units in RAS reduce its environmental impact, but the greater energy demand can increase its carbon footprint. Two actions to mitigate RAS related emissions are operating the RAS in a more energy efficient way and ensuring renewable energy is prioritized to supply the RAS. An alternative RAS operation mode supported by simulations in a numerical model in Matlab coupled with Aspen HYSYS is proposed to reduce energy demand for a case study. To supply RAS in remote locations favourable for aquaculture in Norway, the cost efficiency of an autonomous hybrid renewable energy system with energy storage needs to be studied. Wind, solar, and wave energy is harvested, and energy is stored in batteries and as hydrogen to balance the grid and prevent energy shortage. Several configurations of a hybrid energy system with specific combinations of wind, solar and wave power capacities are considered. Hourly weather data between 2012 and 2021 is employed to compute the autonomous grid’s mismatch and simulate the energy system’s performance.