Research Grants/Fellowships/SBIR

Developing Alternative Power to Drive a Partitioned Aquaculture System for Intensive Food Fish Production

EPA Grant Number: SU834320
Title: Developing Alternative Power to Drive a Partitioned Aquaculture System for Intensive Food Fish Production
Investigators: Leavitt, Dale F. , Riley, Linda A. , Thomas, Charles R.
Current Investigators: Leavitt, Dale F. , Boisclair, Joshua , Pica, Jessica , Riley, Linda A. , Roy, Adam , Schork, George , Thomas, Charles R.
Institution: Roger Williams University
EPA Project Officer: Nolt-Helms, Cynthia
Project Period: August 15, 2009 through August 14, 2010
Project Amount: $9,834
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2009) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: P3 Awards , Sustainability , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Challenge Area - Agriculture , P3 Challenge Area - Energy



It is incumbent on developed nations to improve and expand our capacity to produce food in an environment that is sustained for future generations. One production strategy that has high potential for providing food is aquaculture. Our challenge is the refinement of an intensive pond-based aquaculture production system (the Partitioned Aquaculture System - PAS) such that it is driven by low-impact renewable energy sources.


We propose to design, model and optimize a system to remove the need for commercial electrical power to the PAS by installing a combination of photovoltaic and wind electrical generation supplying a battery-based power source.

Expected Results:

This project potentially has far-reaching consequences in terms of advancing the state of aquaculture production globally and could significantly improve sustainable food production worldwide. Through the development of a viable alternative power design that is tested and optimized through modeling of the PAS fish farm, we will improve upon current PAS technology by demonstrating its application in temperate water conditions and decoupling it from commercial sources of power. Food production, energy use, resource allocation, and environmental hazards are all within the scope of the current project and will provide “teachable moments” for our students to outreach their knowledge and awareness to the surrounding communities, as they relay their project to stakeholders.

Supplemental Keywords:

Animal Feeding Operation, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Intensive Fish Farming,

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Phase 2 Abstract

Progress and Final Reports:
Final Report