Leading gases and engineering company BOC will showcase its newest SOLVOX oxygenation technology to Australian fish farmers for the first time at the World Aquaculture Adelaide Conference & Trade Show in June.
In global collaboration with BOC’s parent company the Linde Group, BOC is helping major seafood companies in Tasmania, New Zealand and elsewhere optimise production volume and meat quality whilst reducing their environmental footprint though cutting edge aquaculture application technologies.
The new SOLVOX solution being unveiled in in Adelaide from June 7‐11, is the latest development in low and medium pressure oxygenation systems to take Australian fish farming to the next level.
The flexible SOLVOX oxygen dissolving equipment can be applied to any fish tank to establish optimum environmental conditions, thus improving fish health and allowing for faster growth.
BOC is a leading end‐to‐end supplier to fish farms, offering industrial gas supply, specialist oxygenation and control equipment, installation and consultant services, as well as training and optimisation of the system, supported by an international network of experts to develop tailored solutions.
The exciting new technology now available to Australian and New Zealand aquaculture operators was developed at Linde’s Innovation Centre of Aquaculture which opened in Norway in 2012.
Located in Ålesund in the heart of the world’s most industrialised fish farming community, the centre features a range of highly equipped laboratories and number of test and demonstration aquaculture tanks.
Leading aquaculture expert Kenneth Glomset, Market Development / Project Manager Aquaculture & Water Treatment from the Innovation Centre will attend the Adelaide conference to demonstrate the SOLVOX technology.
Jon Hawton, BOC’s Market Manager – Food and Beverage said the new oxygen dissolution technologies were “streets ahead” of anything else currently available.
“We are excited about the new SOLVOX technology range and are very pleased to be introducing it into Australia. The technology can be integrated into new or existing water distribution systems and tailored to suit most customer requirements,’’ he said.
“Easy to install, the unit can be retrofitted into the pipework of existing fish tanks to oxygenate the entire flow entering the tank.”
Maintaining proper oxygen levels ‐ in fresh water or salt water ‐ is important to enable the fish to combat disease and leads to stable production and economic benefits for the farmer.
The correct dissolved oxygen level for optimal fish growth depends on species, size, feeding rate, activity level and water temperature. In closed or recycled systems, increased oxygen saturation levels are essential for fish survival.
The dissolution of oxygen and transfer rate is greatly improved when using pure oxygen as opposed to air; this significantly reduces pressure requirements and pumping power and avoids the risk of super saturation.
SOLVOX offers a unique low‐pressure oxygenation system which significantly increases fish production volume, optimises fish meat quality and considerably improves fish farming operations from an environmental standpoint.
SOLVOX is a combined oxygenation and flow system which not only dissolves the optimal amount of oxygen in the inlet water flow, but also distributes it evenly at an adjustable flow pattern through the tank, ensuring fish stock physically benefit from exercise against the flow.
The flow regime can be fully tailored according to fish size, stock density and fish species, such as salmon or cod.
Due to its high efficiency, very low energy requirements and the positive effects of creating and maintaining an optimal environment for fish, SOLVOX can significantly contribute to cost efficiencies in on‐land fish production.
In addition, the ability to produce fish from infancy to maturity in on‐land tanks has significant environmental benefits. The water flowing through fish tanks can be recycled to a high extent with excrements and feed residues filtered out effectively.
As such, pollution to the marine environment and the possible spread of disease to wild fish is prevented.
The key benefits of the SOLVOX range are:
- Reduced fish mortality
- Improved feed conversion rate
- Improved growth rate
- Increased stocking densities
- Healthier, hence higher quality fish
The SOLVOX systems will be on display at the BOC stand at the World Aquaculture Adelaide Conference www.aquaculture.org.au at the Adelaide Convention Centre from June 7‐11 2014.