SHRIMPS project launch
Vietnam is one of the Southeast Asian countries experiencing strong economic and population growth. This trend is being accompanied by a ten percent annual increase in energy demand and increasing competition for land. The "SHRIMPS" research and development project aims to show that using the same land for both aquacultures and photovoltaics can alleviate these systemic problems.
Closed-system shrimp farming is a promising approach for using the region's land and water resources more carefully. More efficient land-use can protect mangrove forests and significantly reduce water consumption. In addition, the closed environment and the Biofloc process, in which the shrimps feed on the microorganisms in the pond in a largely closed cycle, reduce the use of antibiotics to a minimum. The solar modules integrated into the greenhouse improve the working conditions of the employees by offering shade, as well as protection against predators and a stable and lower water temperature, which promotes the shrimps' growth.