VicInAqua : Integrated aquaculture based on sustainable water recirculating system for the Victoria Lake Basin

Project identifier 78-VICINAQUA
Project Status finished
Start date 2016-06-01
End date 2019-05-31
Roadmap Theme
  • Sustainable intensification: Soil, water, land and input management
  • Sustainable intensification: Marine ecosystems and aquaculture technologies
  • Type of Project Development and innovation oriented (research) project
    Type of Project Institutional capacity building project
    Programme H2020-EU.3.5.4.
    Keyword Aquaculture system; Self-cleaning membranes; Membrane science; Bioreactor systems; Water management; Fish farming; Water reuse
    Location Kenya; Uganda; Tanzania, United Republic of
    Budget 2 997 710
    Main Funder Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) (H2020)
    Coordinator Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences
  • Steinbeis 2i
  • National Research Council, Italy (CNR)
  • University of Calabria (Unical)
  • Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
  • AquaBioTech Group (ABT)
  • OxyGuard
  • BPE International Dr. Hornig
  • Department of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries - Kisumu county
  • National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO)
  • Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Organization (STIPRO)
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    The innovative core idea of VicInAqua is to develop, test and integrate novel technologies (e.g. self-cleaning membrane bio-reactor (MBR)) in a common system. VicInAqua main goal is to enable the supply of clean water to RAS (recirculating aquaculture system) and agriculture (water reuse) and this through a single solution water treatment (sanitation) of different wastewater streams (domestic waste, fish production and processing industry).

    Specific objectives:
    1. Development and screening of novel self-cleaning membranes.
    2. Set-up of a small technical MBR using novel self-cleaning membranes which will be integrated into a domestic wastewater treatment system (DWTS), a pilot RAS and a fish processing industry. The filter system combines two advantages, high efficiency in degradation of organic compounds and effective particle (down to micrometer scale) and germ filtration.
    3. Integrated renewable energy power supply based on photovoltaics and biogas (generated from RAS sludge in combination with bio-waste), which will be integrated to the system for autonomous operation
    4. A robust and low-cost real-time sensor system for water management based on wireless network monitoring will be developed and tested, which will contribute to the overall improvement of the aquaculture process.
    5. Set-up and pilot trials of an autonomous MBR for DWTS, RAS and fish process industry with integrated renewable energy power supply and smart sensor system.
    6. All R&D steps will be accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment and socio-economic studies in order to ensure affordability, sustainability and environmental friendliness. Studies on scalability of a marketable integrated RAS based on findings of the pilot trials will be also conducted.
    7. Awareness raising, capacity building and knowledge transfer among local population (aquaculture operators, stakeholders and scientific community).
    8. Foster gender equality and better integration of women in aquaculture activities.