Aquaponics Case Studies

Case Studies

The Able Project, Wakefield


The ABLE project provides an outdoor learning facility for young people whose needs are not met in mainstream education as well as community service participants. The ABLE project combines areas of willow coppice, with a wood chip biomass boiler, a recirculation aquaculture system growing tilapia, carp, sturgeon and catfish, out door vegetable plots, an orchard, beehives, a BMX track and aquaponics greenhouses to provide an interdiscipli nary learning environment catering for a wide variety of interests.

Aquaponics UK designed, supplied, helped build, and commissioned the aquaponics greenhouse systems as well as providing training and continued support.

The Old Mills Project, Elgin


The Old Mills project is designed to produce between 10 15 tonnes of tilapia a year as well as consistent year round production from 600m2 of climate controlled aq uaponics greenhouses.

The site itself includes a water mill that dates back to 1010AD and in the 1200’s was owned by Macbeth. The watermill will be central to the projects aims towards sustainability producing electricity from the three lades that flow through the site, to power pumps and supple mentary lighting.

Learning, employment opportunities and training will be core values of the project as a whole and the site will also include a farm shop, a visitor center and function as a participatory resource for the local community and visitors alike.

Urban Aquaponics, Shoreham


Aquaponics UK, designed an urban aquaponics system for a household in Shoreham Sussex, the system is de signed to incorporate their requirements for fresh herbs, salad crops and duck’s eggs as well as fish for ornamen tal purposes.

The system is also intended to provide a learning re source for afterschool clubs and classes as well as dem onstrating sustainable urban food production.

Commercial trial system, Colchester


A trial system growing oriental herbs and tilapia is being used as a proof of concept for a larger commercial system which will when operational, supply high value London restaurants through the Low Hub food distribution chain.

The Able Project, Heckmonwike


Aquaponics UK has been working with the ABLE project and a Sustainable Aquaculture MSc student from the University of Stirling to develop a proposal for the integration of aquaponics into the redevelopment of a brown field site. The project would create community assets, recycle local green wastes, providing training and employment and sustainably produce food for local consumers.

Sanford Housing Coop, New Cross, London


Aquaponics UK are advising members of the Sanford housing cooperative on adopting aquaponics to meet the salad and fresh herb requirements of the 130 strong community.

The buildings on site are currently being heated by biomass boilers and solar thermal systems and aquaponics is seen as a further way in which the community can lower their footprint and produce more of their own food.

Aquaponics in schools with the ABLE project.


Aquaponics UK hosted an Erasmus student from the Basque country for three months alongside an MSc student from Stirling. During this time, the students worked with staff from both the ABLE project, ABLE to Build and Aquaponics UK to develop a number of small scale demonstration systems and helped install them in a variety of schools, colleges and offices across Yorkshire under the ABLE Aquaponics scheme.

Over the same period we also collectively promoted aquaponics at the 2009 Harrogate Flower Show and received a great deal of interest from schools, community projects, garden designers and growing enthusiasts alike.

Aquaponics at Stirling University


Aquaponics UK designed and supplied a low energy lighting system for the research greenhouses and their use in bumble bee research. The installation of a variety of aquaponic systems around the institute of aquaculture is in it’s planning phase.

The installations will provide both intriguing and captivating learning resources and the will be used to demonstrate how the architectural and design elements of aquaponics can be combined with hard science, to provide diverse and highly productive food growing systems for all involved.

The institute of Aquaculture at Stirling and more specifically the Systems Research Group, has been an extremely valuable pool of knowledge, ideas, contacts and has been instrumental in the establishment of Aquaponics UK.

Charlie Price from Aquaponics UK has also been working through the Institute with CEFAS to provide information to the growing UK tilapia industry both on aquaponics and renewable energy systems, and in Oct09 will give a presentation to key stakeholders including representatives from DEFRA on the role aquaponics can play in the future of our collective food supplies.

Birmingham Regeneration Plan, CAT

Aquaponics UK has been advising a sustainable architecture student on a visionary proposal for the redevelopment of an industrial site in Birmingham. The proposal includes the reuse of industrial buildings into food production systems and the site being made into a functional and aesthetically pleasing space for the communities involved. The student is working with the Center for Alternative Technology in Wales and the project is in the preliminary design and concept stage.


Aquaponics in Afghanistan


We are currently supporting an initiative in Afghanistan, being coordinated by US marines based in the Helmand province. The initiative is aimed at providing aquaponics resources for training local villagers and school children and is ultimately viewed as a viable high value alternative to opium production.

Aquaponics UK provided free equipment to the project with the support of Hydrogarden and Oase, as well as continued support to ensure the project reaches its full potential. A demonstration farm incorporating aquaponics is planned in Lashkar Gar with the support of USAID. Aquaponics UK, along with a variety of stakeholders, will work together to ensure methodologies are adopted appropriately and to the direct benefit of the Afghan people.

WOTR, India


Aquaponics UK are working with “Pathways to Empowerment” within the WOTR project programme. Huge problems exist in many of India’s rural communities in which the WOTR work, due to a variety of issues ranging from soil infertility to the over extraction of ground water resulting in, amongst other things, poorer livelihoods for the farming communities and some alarming suicide rates (183,000 in the last 15 years).

WOTR have implemented 728 watershed projects, in 996 villages and impacting on the lives of 740,000 people across India. We are currently in the early stages of helping to design a variety of systems for a demonstration farm at the WOTR center.

Baobab Farm, The Haller Foundation, Kenya


One of our newest staff members, Rebecca Bainbridge, is working with the Haller Foundation at Baobab Farm. Rebecca, under a scholarship from Aquaponics UK, will work with staff from the Baobab Farm from Sept-Dec 09 to develop household scaled aquaponics systems suitable for sub Saharan applications.

The Baobab farm is based in an old quarry and provides a unique demonstration farm exhibiting integration on many levels and providing a training facility for local farmers. We will keep you informed of Becky’s progress on the website in the coming months.

Aquaponics In Uganda

We are working with an organisations in Uganda to develop a commercial scale aquaponics farm producing tomatoes and around 5 tonnes of tilapia per year.

The system is designed to act as a demonstration and training facility as well as exhibiting the commercially viable nature of aquaponics in areas where soil fertility and water scarcity are an issue.

University of the Virgin Islands, USA


The University of the Virgin Islands was the first academic institution to conduct prolonged and detailed research in the field of aquaponics. UVI has a proven track record and runs yearly short courses in Aquaponics and green water systems.

The founder and director of Aquaponics UK, Charlie Price, spent some time at UVI back in 2006 and also completed their short course. Over the coming few years Aquaponics UK through the Institute of Aquaculture at Stirling, aims to develop research projects with UVI to develop our knowledge base further.

Katho University, Belgium

Aquaponics UK have been helping advise staff at Katho University of the setting up of a small scale trial system growing salad crops and tilapia. The system is intended as a first step towards developing educational aquaponics within the university. Progress is ongoing.

These are just some of our recent and current projects, and are listed in order to give you an idea of the range of applications and work that we do. There are numerous other people and projects to which we provide information and advice, and in time we aim to provide detailed information on the case studies in order from us all to learn from each other experiences, to share ideas and to collectively move things forward.

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