Kvalnes, Andøya, September 23, 2021
In this video, R&D Director Ben-Tommy Eriksen explains the benefits of Andfjord Salmon’s patented technology:
"Lifting water is very heavy, and consequently very energy intensive. It's much easier to move the water. In that way we can save a lot of energy. Our facility is submerged into the ground so that the pool is at the same level as the adjacent sea. In this way, we do not need to pump water. In fact, we do not have pumps for doing this at all – we use flow boosters. In that way we save a lot of energy,” says Eriksen.
In contrast to other land-based initiatives, Andfjord Salmon AS uses flow-through technology, with technological adaptations developed by the company itself. The facility utilises its unique access to tempered water directly from the Gulf Stream, and is not dependent on pumping, heating/cooling, or other costly operations. It's estimated that the energy cost is as low as NOK 1 per kilo of produced salmon.
Watch the video of the Q2 presentation of Andfjord Salmons technology:
Located at Kvalnes on the island of Andøya on the Arctic Archipelago of Vesterålen, Norway, Andfjord Salmon has developed innovative and sustainable aquaculture technology for land-based farming of Atlantic salmon, based on a flow-through concept.
“At our site, we have a good, laminar flow that primarily comes from the Gulf Stream. The salmon are used to having lots of space. We have mimicked that, in order to enhance fish welfare. In nature, water is cleansed very simply at a very early stage. The fish faeces sift down to the seabed where it is received by microorganisms. We have taken this into account in our design process,” Eriksen explains.
The R&D Director concludes:
“The water has the same temperature that the salmon is used to. And we have a low risk of disease. That's what we mean when we say that we have made a facility that uses the best of both worlds.”
“Simple sustainability, quite simpy"