BioFishency Inks Agreement from the Technion for Development of New Aquaculture Technology Product Line
BioFishency announced that it signed a licensing agreement with the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, that will enable the company to broaden its aquaculture technology offering to include cold water systems.
The development of a new product line for cold-water applications is based on a recent license agreement that the company signed with the Technion, and represents a breakthrough for growing fish in Recirculating Aquaculture System (“RAS”). It will enable BioFishency to expand its product offering to additional sectors of the land-based aquaculture market.
The new system addresses many of the disadvantages of traditional RAS. Rather than applying a two-step biological process, it is based on oxidizing ammonia through an electro-chemical process and converting it straight to N2(g),. The improved process removes the causes that can jeopardize the fish value (“off flavor”) and decreases the amount of energy needed compared with the energy required in the biological procedure, providing two new important offerings:
- Transportation of live products in cold (1-4 oC) water: fish, mollusks, clams and shellfish can be transported live without the risk of significant losses during transportation due to the lack of a technological solution for ammonia removal.
- The saltwater technology offers significant advantages over traditional RAS in both warm and cold water while freshwater technology is currently superior only in cold water environments.
BioFishency’s co-founder and co-CEO, Igal Magen commented, “BioFishency will begin R&D on a new product line for cold-water applications, based on our recent agreement for a novel technology from the Technion. This new line will enable us to expand our product offering and provide us with solutions for all sectors of the land-based aquaculture market.” Magen added that BioFishency has also “reached an agreement with a Dutch company to implement the new product into their operation.”
The Technion’s research team head, Prof. Ori Lahav of the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, explained that “The new physicochemical treatment performs indirect oxidation of the ammonia via electrolysis, thereby eliminating the need for bio filters. This process also disinfects the water, improves the welfare of the fish and reduces the morbidity factors in the system. We have demonstrated the system’s feasibility, its effectiveness in preventing fish disease and its economic advantages under a variety of conditions and with different aquaculture species. Our group has published six scientific articles on the subject and has two registered patents in Europe and the USA. Moreover, the project has been recently awarded a grant of approximately €450,000 from EIT Food, a pan-European consortium that focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation in the food sector.”
BioFishency was founded in 2013 by experienced aquaculture project managers and consultants. BioFishency aims to develop a water treatment system with high-end technological capabilities, yet accessible and viable to all fish farmers. BioFishency’s all-in-one water treatment system for aquaculture increases fish productivity, has a minimal ecological footprint, enhances water conditions, and significantly grows profitability.