In 2019, the Center built an innovative pilot aquaponics system. Fish farming is coupled with the cultivation of vegetables and the aim of the plant is to provide data for modelling and design of commercial production plants.

This technology represents a reference model for the innovation of aquaculture processes by fully embracing the principles of the circular economy and sustainability aiming to the optimization of the use of resources.

The pilot plant consists of four large tanks for a total volume of 11,000 L dedicated to the fattening and breeding of freshwater fish and a battery of 10 tanks for larval breeding of 200 L. Two modules of 600 L each one for plant cultivation in DWC system.

The 90 square meter greenhouse is fully conditioned and the plant is equipped with cutting-edge technologies for the filtration and sterilization of water. To date, protocols have been developed for the cultivation of leafy plant species (lettuce, escarole, basil) coupled with the breeding of the Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) and the golden crucian carp (Carassius auratus).

University Center for Innovation and Development of Food Industry.
University of Naples Federico II

Via Università 133 – Parco Gussone  80055 – Portici (NA)