Aqua4C and Tomato Masters secure innovation award:

Is this the largest fish-tomato aquaponics project on earth?

Belgian fishfarmer Stijn Van Hoestenberghe and tomato grower Johan Vlaemynck linked their water, energy and nutrient flows. For this exceptional collaboration they received the Belgian innovation award.

Fish farm Aqua4C is supplied with electricity from the Tomato Masters greenhouse' CHP. This provides the fishfarmers with cheaper electricity. As well as this residual heat from the CHP is used to heat the breeding tanks of Aqua4C.

At the moment the two companies are experimenting in order to connect two more flows: the water and nutrient flow. The rainwater that is being collected via the greenhouse roof of the Tomato Masters is used in tanks in which Aqua4C breeds the Omegabaars, a Belgian pike. This water, with valuable nutrients in it, can flow back to Tomato Master in order to feed the tomato plants. In this way the aquaculture can function without using additional water or nutrients, which saves costs.

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