These photographs show the set up of a new indoor aquaponics system that was installed in Professor Jonathan deHaan's classroom at the University of Shizuoka - an hour's bullet train ride south of Tokyo.
The system was to demonstrate the principles of aquaponics to staff and students at the university, but needed to fit within a small space within Jonathan's room.
This was an indoor installation for professor Jonathan deHaan at Shizuoka University in Japan. He wanted a system to fit into his office and look good... and so this article shows the details of that system.
Apparently People Now Cram Farms Into Shipping Containers. Hoping to address increased demand for locally grown food in urban environments, French designer Damien Chivialle has masterminded Urban Food Units, compact food-growing...
Japan Aquaponics's insight:
This is a bit of an old story, but an interesting one none-the-less. The cost of these systems is currently prohibitive... but if the costs could be brought down then these could be an interesting solution for urban areas.
Aquaponics does not need to be a stand-alone system, and so it is great to see it integrated with many other types of systems and technologies. Aquaponics needs a constant source of power, and so pairing it with solar, wind, or any other sustainable energy source is a great idea. This project, a huge Wind-Powered Aquaponic Dome Greenhouse for Vermont could be very interesting indeed.
This article is about DIY aquaponics information for anyone wanting to design and build their own aquaponics systems. This guide is about more specific aquaponics plumbing components that are commonly used.
Will Allen and Growing Power in Milwaukee, WI are pioneering the use of aquaponics in inner city areas to help regrow an interest in food sustainability and to ensure fresh food produce for those who may not otherwise be able to afford it. This video is well worth checking out.
Owner sought investors last month, saying he was on the verge of making the business profitable.
Japan Aquaponics's insight:
his is such a tremendous shame, but the owners could not quite make it profitable. They are going to share their knowledge with others though, and each of these setbacks takes aquaponics as a whole, a further step up the ladder to sustainability and profitability.
As Aragon St. Charles watched footage of the tsunami triggered by the March 11th earthquake in Japan sweeping across the landscape from his still shaking Tokyo home, he could hardly believe his eyes. This land, some of Japan’s richest and most productive, stood soaked with the tsunami’s salty toxic cocktail mixed as it rushed over agricultural, urban, and industrial areas alike or covered with a fine layer of radioactive fallout. Such soil then, was rendered unsuitable for growing. In a country with a food self-sufficiency rate of less than 40-percent, this was bad news indeed.
“Straightaway it came to me that this (Aquaponics) was something that could be used in Japan,” said St. Charles. As he draws diagram after diagram of fish tanks, alternative energy sources, of grow beds and their crop arrangements throughout our conversation, it’s easy to see that just under the tidy chinos and button-down shirt of the legal recruiter he is by day rests a farmer just waiting for his moment.
This is the latest in the DIY Aquaponics Guides series from Japan Aquaponics. This installment helps to demistify the Bell Siphon and the Loop Siphon that are commonly used in aquaponics. We have also included a downloadable PDF guide that is easier to read to print out.
DIY Aquaponics Information for anyone wanting to design and build their own aquaponics systems. This guides focuses on the plumbing and what you need to consider when building your own system. This is the first part of a series of plumbing guides... it is a big topic!