Alfa Laval has teamed up with Lingalaks, a Norwegian fish farming company, to develop a new innovative facility for sustainable fish farming in the fjord of Hardanger in Norway, by 2023
The Alfa Laval Framo pumping systems will bring up fresh low temperature water, with high oxygen levels, from 35m depth, and will create a perfect sea current for the fish to swim in.
The pumping systems will provide conditions similar to the deep fjords, which provide optimal environment for the fishes to thrive. Separation technologies will also be used to clean the water and concentrate the sludge for being used as a fertiliser.
By 2050, the need for high-quality protein will increase by 50%, driving the demand for different protein sources. Sustainable fisheries can be significant for feeding the world population, if they are managed correctly.
From pre-Columbian fish traps in the Amazon basin, to carp ponds on ancient Chinese farms, aquaculture has been practiced for hundreds of years. According to Allied Market Research, the world produces more farmed fish than beef, and the global fish farming market is projected to reach US$376.48bn by 2025, witnessing a CAGR of 4.7% from 2018 to 2025.
"With this collaboration we aim to increase both productivity and economic attractiveness of fish farming solutions while reducing the impact on the environment," says Sameer Kalra, president of the Marine Division at Alfa Laval. "I am pleased that we are using our Framo technologies in the fishing industry, as we did some 70 years ago, now for the good of the environment."