Two companies with strong environmental credentials are poised to launch a project to make cod farming far more sustainable.
They are the Gadus Group, a fully integrated Norwegian seafood business producing quality cod from roe to the finished product and Inseanergy, a high tech business delivering green energy to the aquaculture sector.
The two have signed a letter of intent for the development of a zero emissions energy system specifically designed for cod farming.
They said in a press release that the collaboration is based on a common overall goal of finding sustainable and profitable solutions to reduce CO2 emissions, diesel consumption and noise, in addition to reusing components such as plastic.
“All in all – green solutions that can both strengthen the operating economy, minimise the environmental footprint and enable aquaculture facilities for cod to become green power plants,” they add.
Inseanergy says that its patented floating solar cell power plant, SUB SolarTM, has been developed with a technology that reuses excess floating rings from fish farms that would otherwise go to destruction or recycling.
The floating ring is equipped with a solar cell panel attached to flexible technical textiles, so that it is converted into a floating solar cell power plant that can produce short-distance, emission-free energy.
This should give the floating rings a new lease of life, Inseanergy says, leading to reduced material consumption and a reduction in the carbon footprint of the aquaculture industry.
The Gadus Group said it wants to look at the possibility of using Inseanergy’s technology in its cod farming facilities, and the two Ålesund-based entrepreneurial companies look forward to starting the collaboration early in the New Year.
Ola Kvalheim, CEO of Gadus Group, says that they have followed Inseanergy over a period of time and believe that they have the potential to take a strong position in the green shift.
He added: “We believe in the team and the solution they have developed that hits well in view of the aquaculture industry’s need to reduce, and eventually eliminate, the use of fossil fuels.”
Jan Erik Våge Klepp, CEO of Inseanergy (pictured), said it views the Gadus Group as a player with a large community involvement, both when it comes to creating jobs but also as a company working actively to reduce its environmental footprint.