The Marine Research Centre participated in the design of a floating feeding system for autonomous, intelligent, easily transportable and energy efficient fish farms. The platform, promoted by a leading consortium by Feeding Systems, was presented today at the Montajes Cancelas facilities, in Moaña. There was Patricia Argerey, director of the Galician Innovation Agency (GAIN), and several representatives of all the members of the consortium, formed by the companies Feeding Systems, Engranor, Quantum Innovative, Montajes Cancelas and the University of Vigo, in which the CIM participates in addition to the CIMA group of the School of Industrial Engineering. The project was developed within the framework of the Conecta Pyme 2018 program. It was subsidized by GAIN, with the support of the Xunta de Galicia Department of Economy, Employment and Industry. It was co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the EU.
The final prototype presented is the result of the Seafeed project, which began in March 2018 in order to design and manufacture a feeder that would serve small and medium-sized aquaculture farms and meet the need of the Galician aquaculture industry to have own developments supported by technological innovations. During the development of the project, the business community and the researcher joined forces to create an ad hoc system that was adapted to smaller farms. The CIM staff shared their knowledge for the definition of the biological parameters of the aquaculture species that define the action and intelligent control of the whole.
Now the stage of commercialization of the designs is ahead, which will be directly in charge of Feeding System SL, through Fish Farm Feeder. In recent months and once the construction of this first unit has been completed, six companies interested in having one of these feeders have already contacted the consortium, so Fish Farm Feeder are moderately optimistic regarding the commercial future of the project.
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