Exposed have been collaborating with students at NTNU Department of Product Design to get fresh visions and views on the future of aquaculture. The students handed in their assignments where the focus has been on control room on land, the barge and various cages.
As the distance from shore is significant the students envisions that the workers lives on the barge when they are on a shift. Their goal was to make a vibrant living area and work space. On the top floor a garden has been introduced allowing employees to interact with a natural environment or play soccer in their free time.
Students vision a smart watch keeping for communication and safekeeping the staff keeping track on where they are and their vital data.
A complete solution for a future submerged system in synergy with offshore wind turbines was designed and students crafted a model now on display at SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture. The concepts shows a lid filled with air covering the cages, so that the fish can come up for air without entering the top area of the sea where the majority of lice is. In this system, catamarans bring the food in pods to the windmill, and repairs and maintenance is performed by robotic arms on each cage.
This rotating cylindrical cage where designed to allow self-cleansing, and aims to give easier access to the net for maintenance and easier harvesting.
The salmagrade solution envision an efficient aquaculture hub with an automated grading system for fish welfare and large-scale production. This system also has included a wave breaker copied from off-shore windmill farms.
The concept visions an offshore system that is remotely controlled. The group introduces one single docking point to reach and perform operations on the three cages in the system. This is to make docking with big boats safer and to simplify risky and demanding operations like moving of fish and delousing.
This group has looked at introducing single mooring points to large scale aquaculture units. They envisions a flexible system that float with the current present in an exposed environment.