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Solar Panels Over Shrimp Pens

 

Fangchenggang Xi Jiang Energy Company has added solar panels capable of producing 80 megawatts of power to shrimp ponds in Guangxi Province.  It thinks this is the first major installation of solar panels to a seawater aquaculture facility.  In recent years, the use of solar panels at aquaculture facilities has been promoted with much vigor in China as a means to meet its renewable energy targets, while also adding to the profitability of shrimp farming.  Nonetheless, promoters of such projects have long shied away from seawater installations, given the corrosion damage to solar panels caused by salt water.  The Tongwei Group, a producer of feed and seafood, is an exception.  In recent years, it has been a key promoter of solar-aquaculture projects, saying they are a “win-win” strategy to cushion shrimp farmers from market fluctuations and thin margins.

 

Source: SeafoodSource.com.  Executive Editor, Cliff White (cwhite@divcom.com).  China Announces First Mariculture-Solar InstallationGao Fu Mao = Mark Godfrey (SeafoodSource contributing editor reporting from Beijing, China).  September 15, 2017.

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