Niri RAS technology brings together
innovation, simplicity and cost
effectiveness to create a leading
The Niri RAS* technology has been gradually developed over the past 10 years. Arve Gravdal performed his first trial in 2002 (patent no. 10491593 in the US) in 600 m3 tanks. Smolt was reared to adult salmon of 2,8 kg in these tests. After the formal establishment of Niri AS the company has developed the technologies much further through a test project in Ireland. The goal has been to lower production costs while achieving a high degree of dependability in the operation of the technologies.
In general, the RAS system includes tanks to culture fish, propellers to maintain water flow and systems for water treatment. Water quality is monitored regularly for temperature, dissolved oxygen, carbon dioxide, pH, ammonia, nitrite and solids. Full control of the environment allows higher fish densities than sea cages. Niri´s target 100 KG/m3 is scientifically documented. Sea based production operates at 25 Kg/m3.
The Niri RAS system differs from most other land-based fish farms in that the recirculating process is integrated in each individual tank. The tanks are independent of each other, providing a flexible scaling model while significantly reducing the risk of disease outbreak. The RAS recirculating process makes it easy to control water temperature, oxygen levels, CO2 removal, cost efficient feeding and more.
The Niri RAS technologies are easy to operate and the investment cost has been significantly reduced through research over several years. The result is an aquaculture system with a high degree of dependability, cost efficiency and with optimal conditions for salmon and other fish species. This allows for a higher fish density and productivity than traditional aqua culture conditions. This again allows for higher productivity and margins.
*Niri will file for patents for its new technology in Q4 2012.
Sample production facility