An Aquaculture Model for Waste Heat Utilization Assessment

Robert N. Amundsen
John D. Keenan

DOI: 10.2190/F93C-YWGA-407C-7TGR


Thermal effluents from power plants have been used to accelerate the growth of aquatic organisms. Aquaculture can be made more profitable by raising aquatic organisms under controlled temperature conditions to obtain maximum food conversion efficiency. In order to evaluate whether the benefits of increased productivity outweigh the costs of temperature control, it is necessary to simulate the operation of aquaculture facilities. This aquaculture model has two parts. First, a materials balance approach is used to estimate the growth of fish at various temperatures. Second, a heat balance provides a way to determine the mass flow of heated water which must be supplied to the pond to maintain the desired pond temperature under anticipated weather conditions.

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