1 OXYGEN REACTOR: For enriching the water with technical oxygen
2 FISH BASINS: For rearing fish for everyday consumption
3 AUTOMATED DRUM-FILTER: For filtering solids
4 MOVING-BED BIO REACTOR: For the nitrification of ammonium into nitrates
5 UV FILTER: For preventing organic pathogens
6 ECF MONITORING TECHNOLOGY: For intelligently controlling aquaculture and hydroponics
7 HYDROPONICS SYSTEM: For producing vegetables, fruits and herbs
8 CATCH TANKS: For storing water
Unlike in conventional aquaponics, in which fish and plants are produced in a common water circulatory system, we leverage two circuits in ECF aquaponics and operate them jointly: the aquaculture circuit for fish and the hydroponics circuit for plants. This offers three decisive advantages: The pH values can be optimized for two different, individual circuits. Substitute nutrients can be added to hydroponics to provide important minerals for plants, without harming the fish.
And each circuit can be shut down independently from the other for cleaning and maintenance purposes, which minimizes production risk. What’s more, we naturally reuse the water in ECF aquaponics and put the fish excrement to use as fertilizer for the plants. Other functions can increase resource efficiency, such as the exchange of CO2-rich and warm air from the aquaculture into the greenhouse or the use of rainwater recovery.
Or, in economic terms: ECF aquaponics ensures production, increases resource friendliness and maximizes cost efficiency.
ECF aquaponics is an innovative, high-performing system which enables the resource-friendly and commercially viable production of fish, vegetables, herbs and fruit.
The heart of the system is the ECF monitoring technology. It serves as a “smart connection” to analyse and efficiently control all the processes of aquaculture and hydroponics. Within the system’s aquaculture circuit, innovative filter units, measuring systems and oxygen enrichment allow for the best water quality, healthy fish growth and optimal yield. The excrement from the fish provides a nutrient-rich water, which is then used in the hydroponics circuit for growing vegetables and herbs. Thanks to the use of type-specific cultivation methods, commercially interesting types of food can be flexibly produced.
ECF MONITORING TECHOLOGY
Intelligent success factor
The ECF monitoring technology is the combination of innovative measuring and control units, synchronized and programmed with the know-how of ECF Farmsystems. As part of the ECF monitoring technology, real-time measurements
of relevant parameters come together. Based on defined requirements, the values are compared and a control signal is sent in real time to the unit in question in either the aquaculture or hydroponics system. The result is an optimal
aquaponics production environment and a high standard of resource efficiency. To ensure the production process, the ECF monitoring technology also includes remote maintenance and alarming.
Tailored fish production
The ECF aquaculture circulatory system consists of a system-specific number of fish basins, the most modern filter system and oxygen reactors. The components are mainly made of BPA-free plastic. The ECF monitoring technology calculates the optimal pH values, water temperatures and food amounts. The resulting increase in the fish’s well-being boosts their immune system, lowers their mortality rate and enables a continually stable harvesting volume without compromising size or quality.
Optimized cultivation method
Within the ECF hydroponics circulatory system, the cultivation method is selected which is best for the plants you’ve chosen to grow: ebb and flow systems, drip irrigation, nutrient film technique (NFT) and deep-water culture/
raft/floating (DWC). These systems can be supplemented by the use of assimilation lighting (e.g. LED). Water amounts, nutrients and watering rhythms are continually monitored and controlled via the central ECF monitoring
technology to ensure high-performance production.