Aquaculture,to develop renewable energy. – Fishfarmer Magazine

Aquaculture,to develop renewable energy.02 December, 2013 –

A new three year research project will see aquaculture, agriculture and biogas sectors working together todevelop renewable energy.

The project team known as “BiFFiO” will look at new ways to increase industry sustainability by managing by-products more effectively.

BiFFiO will investigate how waste can be used to create renewable energy, and examine what nutrients can berecovered for other uses.

A key objective is to shrink the current state-of-the-art technologies to farm-scale so that efficient and economical biogas energy can be produced locally on or near a farm site.

Over the next three years, the project team plan to address the challenges faced by industry by looking at new ways to meet regulatory requirements, and to develop best practice for by-products.

BiFFiO is partnership between SME Associations, industrial enterprises and RTD performers.

The BiFFiO consortium consists of the following beneficiaries:

  • Teknologisk Institutt AS, Norway (Coordinator and RTD Performer)
  • Landberatung Niedersachsen GMBH, Germany (SME Association/Grouping)
  • Norsk Bioenergiforening, Norway (SME Association/Grouping)
  • Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation Limited, UK (SME Association/Grouping)
  • British Trout Association Ltd, UK (SME Association/Grouping)
  • European Biomass Association, Belgium (SME Association/Grouping)
  • Awite Bioenergie GMBH, Germany (Other enterprises)
  • aqua & waste International GMBH, Germany (Other enterprises)
  • The University of Liverpool, UK (RTD Performer)
  • qua consult Ingenieur GMBH, Germany (RTD Performer)

The research and results taken forward in the BiFFiO project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program, managed by REA Research Executive Agency, under grant agreement no 605815.

For more information about the project, please contact Lene Beadle at Teknologisk Institutt AS, +47 982 90 236.


  • EU has a goal of supplying 20% of the European energy demands from renewable energy systems by the year 2020.
  • The Aquaculture industry is growing its use of re-circulation and are facing an increased need for sustainable handling and use of the waste produced
  • The livestock sector is a high contributor to greenhouse gas emissions with national and international goals of reducing the emissions by means of anaerobic digestion of waste.