A Vibrationally-enhanced Aquaculture Treatment System (VEATS) for Water Reuse and Effluent Management

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: DG133R-04-CN-0137
Agency Tracking Number: 2004-85
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.4.2
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2004-1
Small Business Information
1901 South Franklin, Butte, MT, 59701
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joel Pierce
 Chemical Engineer
 (406) 723-2222
 jpierce@resodyne.com
Business Contact
 Lawrence Farrar
Title: President
Phone: (406) 723-2222
Email: lcfarrar@resodyn.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Because of the severe impact of diseases on production and the environmental devastation created by many commercial aquaculture effluents, modern methods of intensive aquaculture are evolving which rely heavily on recirculating the water. This proposal addresses the need for a modular, integrated technology in closed-loop aquaculture operations by enhancing the performance of a fluidized ion exchange bed that removes ammonia by the addition of the low-frequency vibrational agitation, which also accelerates oxygenation and gas stripping, and ensures efficient use of ozone as a disinfectant. Additionally, the agitation will prevent fouling of the media with organic material, which compromises the ability of the media to adsorb ammonia. The vibrationally-enhanced aquaculture treatment system (VEATS) will provide an economical improvement that will enable a series of modular, integrated treatment units to function with the same efficiency as a much larger custom system designed specifically for cold water or warm water production.

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