Why Do Aquaponic Systems Require An Additional Energy Input?
Aquaponics can be described as an energy efficient method of producing food particularly in comparison to conventional hydroponics and recirculating aquaculture systems. This is is partly due to conscious design choices which minimise energy requirements but predominately because the combination of the two techniques allow the energy costs to be shared. Two crops are effectively produced for the price of one.
Aquaponics systems on the whole operate within a controlled environment for year round production and this does necessitate an energy input of some kind particularly in temperate climates. Essential components such as the pump and aerators may be mechanically powered via a non-electrical means e.g. via foot , gravity or even play! (see: www.ideorg.org). This may not be possible however in larger systems or where a level of automation is required and so at Aquaponics Uk we strive to integrate renewable energy technologies with our systems wherever possible. We are currently seeing rapid improvements in the efficiency and affordability of renewables which can easily be engineered into an aquaponics system.
The PDF below can help you answer some questions like:
- Which typical components of an aquaponics system which otherwise require electrical energy to operate?
- Why Is It Important to Integrate Aquaponic Systems and Renewable Technologies?
- How Do Aquaponic Systems Minimise Energy Consumption?
- How Can I Increase The Energy Efficiency Of My Aquaponics System?
- An Overview of a Few Renewable Energy Technologies Particularly Well Suited to Aquaponic Systems.