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Use of Geothermal Energy for Aquaculture Purposes - Phase III

Abstract

This project, financed by the Pacific Northwest Regional Commission (PNRC), was designed to provide information to evaluate the best methods to use for intensive aquaculture of freshwater prawns, Macrobrachium rosenbergii, using geothermal energy. The freshwater prawn is a tropical organism and is native to southeast Asia. Earlier projects at Oregon Institute of Technology have shown the feasibility of culturing this aquatic animal in geothermal water. This phase of the project was designed to investigate intensive culture of this animal as well as the advantages of growing rainbow trout, ornamental tropical fin fish, and mosquito fish, Gambusia affnis, for vector control using geothermal energy. The research data collected on the prawns was obtained from the stocking and sampling of two 0.2- ha (half-acre) ponds constructed as a part of the project. The ponds are equipped with recording monitors for temperature and flow. The geothermal energy used is the geothermal effluent from the Oregon Institute of Technology heating system. This water is of potable quality and ranges in temperature from 50 to 70oC. The geothermal water used in the ponds is controlled at 27oC, ± 2oC, by using thermostats and solenoid valves. A small building next to the ponds contains facilities for hatching larvae prawns and tanks for growing post-larvae prawns. The hatchery facility makes the project  More>>
Publication Date:
Sep 01, 1981
Product Type:
Technical Report
Subject:
Geothermal Legacy
Sponsoring Organizations:
USDOE
OSTI ID:
894529
Research Organizations:
Geo-Heat Center, Klamath Falls, OR
Country of Origin:
United States
Language:
English
Announcement Date:
Nov 04, 2006

Citation Formats

Johnson, W C, and Smith, K C. Use of Geothermal Energy for Aquaculture Purposes - Phase III. United States: N. p., 1981. Web.
Johnson, W C, & Smith, K C. Use of Geothermal Energy for Aquaculture Purposes - Phase III. United States.
Johnson, W C, and Smith, K C. 1981. "Use of Geothermal Energy for Aquaculture Purposes - Phase III." United States.
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title = {Use of Geothermal Energy for Aquaculture Purposes - Phase III}
author = {Johnson, W C, and Smith, K C}
abstractNote = {This project, financed by the Pacific Northwest Regional Commission (PNRC), was designed to provide information to evaluate the best methods to use for intensive aquaculture of freshwater prawns, Macrobrachium rosenbergii, using geothermal energy. The freshwater prawn is a tropical organism and is native to southeast Asia. Earlier projects at Oregon Institute of Technology have shown the feasibility of culturing this aquatic animal in geothermal water. This phase of the project was designed to investigate intensive culture of this animal as well as the advantages of growing rainbow trout, ornamental tropical fin fish, and mosquito fish, Gambusia affnis, for vector control using geothermal energy. The research data collected on the prawns was obtained from the stocking and sampling of two 0.2- ha (half-acre) ponds constructed as a part of the project. The ponds are equipped with recording monitors for temperature and flow. The geothermal energy used is the geothermal effluent from the Oregon Institute of Technology heating system. This water is of potable quality and ranges in temperature from 50 to 70oC. The geothermal water used in the ponds is controlled at 27oC, ± 2oC, by using thermostats and solenoid valves. A small building next to the ponds contains facilities for hatching larvae prawns and tanks for growing post-larvae prawns. The hatchery facility makes the project self-sustaining. The hatchery was obtained as part of an earlier PNRC project.}
place = {United States}
year = {1981}
month = {Sep}
}