Vortex Processing Technology (VPT) makes one of the future's most important food sources - aquaculture - massively more productive and sustainable.   

Watreco's FlowMixer aeration units and Industrial Vortex Generators (IVGs) enable agile, flexible implementations of aquaculture and aquaponics without the need for high-energy, high-maintenance infrastructure. This makes their VPT solutions particularly useful in both shallow ponds often used in land based aquaculture, and marine ocean ponds.

  • FlowMixer units provide low-energy aeration and oxygenation for pond-based aquaculture.
  • High oxygen levels reduce product losses and increases product quality and growth as well as eliminates algae.
  • FlowMixer's improved oxygenation supports the decomposition of organic material in the water, improving overall water quality, further improving productivity.
  • The VPT technology integrated into the Flowmixer can assist in the removal of solids from aquaculture waste water.
  • Improved water quality and reduced chemical usage contribute to reduced environmental impacts of the aquaculture site.
  • FlowMixer units operate on a limited energy requirement for pumping, so VPT integrates with off-grid renewable energy sources and can be used in remote locations.
  • As there are no moving parts in the FlowMixer, the units are simple to maintain after installation. They may occasionally require basic cleaning which can be done where the unit is installed if required.

What does Vortex Processing Technology deliver to aquaculture performance?

VPT treats water the same way that rives have for millennia - using physics and pressure to increase aeration, control algae and reduce product losses with a minimum input of renewable energy.

A trial Watreco installation in Sinaloa, Mexico combined FlowMixers and IVGs to achieve:

  • 90% water oxygen levels at all times
  • Reduced energy using self-sufficient, renewable, wind driven pumps
  • Growing their own algae for shrimp food
  • Manufacture of their own bio diesel using excess algae
  • Mangrove preservation
  • 10 times the productivity for the farmers

Challenges of pond-based aquaculture
In developing countries, aquaculture pools are oxygenated by algae and other plants producing oxygen through photosynthesis. This means that at night time, oxygen levels drop dramatically and the product species (e.g. shrimp) begin to stress and often die. Inadequate oxygenation reduces the decomposition of organic solids in water, further decreasing water quality.

In some coastal applications, oxygenation problems may be remedied by refreshing with new seawater intake. However if the additional seawater is rich in bacteria and viruses then increased chemical use is required and the product becomes less marketable.

How does Vortex Processing Technology work?

For more about how Vortex Processing Technology (VPT) works, visit our about VPT Page.

If you are interested in how Vortex Processing Technology (VPT) can deliver for your aquaculture or aquaponics installation then contact Leigh Baker at water@moss.org.au or call her on +61 417124910.  

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