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Commercial

Aquaponic Design &

Business Workshop

run by Dr Wilson Lennard (PhD)

 
 When  Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th

August 2015 (8.30am - 5.30pm each day)



 Where   Bicton EaRTH, Budleigh

Salterton, Devon, EX9 7BG


Workshop Cost   £650.00£

Accommodation Cost (optional) £25.00 pp/night

(Bed & Breakfast at Bicton College)


RSVP Friday 24th July ** 
(**Full payment is required by this date in order to book a place on the workshop. Please read on for detailed information about the workshop including information on how to book a workshop place.)

 

Dear BAQUA Members & Supporters,

You are invited to 
attend a Commercial Aquaponic Design & Business Workshop run by Dr Wilson Lennard (pHD) of Aquaponic Solutions, in partnership with fisheries and maritime consultancy Macalister Elliott and Partners. The workshop will be held at Bicton EaRTH - a leading centre of excellence for environmental and renewable energy technology education and training for students, businesses and the wider community in East Budleigh, Devon. BAQUA CIC are supporting the event and the two-day workshop will be followed by BAQUA's annual one-day conference (details of which will be sent out in a seperate mailout once the line-up of conference speakers is confirmed).

All details on the workshop are listed below. We strongly encourage anyone running or interested in developing a commercial aquaponics business to attend because Dr Lennard is a leading authority on aquaponics, particularly commercial aquaponics with fourteen years of experience, and we are extremely privileged to support his commercial aquaponic workshop - the first of its kind in the UK!

Kind Regards

The BAQUA team 

 
 

Introduction:

Aquaponic Solutions will be running a Commercial Aquaponic Design & Business Workshop in the UK in 2015. The workshop is directed at new entrants to the commercial aquaponics space or those who wish to gain skills in system design and business management. This will be a two day, intensive workshop with an emphasis on two key subject areas:
  1. Methods, approaches and tools to enable the engineering, sizing calculations and design of commercial aquaponic systems and all associated components.
  1. Business approaches and business modelling to enable the financial testing of the business idea and applied knowledge in marketing, selling and customer service within the specific context of aquaponically grown produce.
The workshop will not contain any applied practical training or exposure to a running aquaponic system. This is a classroom based course for those who wish to understand the engineering, science and mathematics behind system design along with business associated applications of the technology in terms of growing and selling fish and plants.

After the course, participants will possess the knowledge, skills and mathematical models to enable them to size and design their own commercial aquaponic system. In addition, they will also possess skills in business modelling to enable them to determine if the approach they wish to apply has any potential for financial success.
 
Part 1: Design and Sizing Aquaponic Systems
 
This section of the workshop will concentrate on the sizing and subsequent technical design of commercial aquaponic systems. Small commercial systems will be the context, but the approach may be applied to any scale. Whilst all hydroponic component methods will be discussed (Deep Flow, NFT and media approaches), the emphasis will be on the application of the Deep Flow technique to a commercial context. The system sizing approach will be based on standard UVI feeding rate ratio’s and alternative, modified UVI feeding rate ratio’s that allow mineralisation and re-use of solids. Participants will be guided through the following subject areas:
  • aquaponic system types – a discussion of deep flow, NFT and media-based systems.
  • recirculating aquaponic systems – a discussion of fully recirculating systems.
  • aquaponic system sizing – how to balance fish to plant numbers using feeding rate ratio’s; how to size one component based on the other component (eg: sizing a fish component based on the required plant component size).
  • aquaponic system design – component requirements and choices.
  • fish component design – how to design and size a RAS fish component to apply to an aquaponics context; includes flow rate requirements, aeration requirements, cyclic fish production, fingerling components and quarantine systems.
  • fish tank types and shapes – how to choose the best fish tank shape and size for the applications.
  • filter types, choices and designs - a discussion of available solids filters and biofilters and what works best in an aquaponics context.
  • filter requirements and how to make your own filters – sizing solids filters and biofilters based on fish and feeding loads and how to make your own filters.
  • hydroponic component choices – a discussion of what hydroponic component choice (eg: deep flow, NFT, media approaches) best fits what growing applications.
  • hydroponic component design and sizing – how to design and size a deep flow hydroponic component for plant production, flow rate requirements.
  • fish choices and plant choices – a discussion of the available fish and plants and how financial output effects the choices.
  • nutrient dynamics – a discussion of the driving force of an aquaponic system; the nutrients, where they come from, where they go and what concentrations and mixtures are required.
  • fish sheds, greenhouses & protected cropping structures – a discussion of keeping fish in separate sheds/rooms, crop protection requirements and choices in an aquaponic context.
  • management and how to operate a commercial system – management tasks and requirements for the day to day management of a commercial aquaponic operation.
  • cycling the system, adding fish, adding plants, fish cyclical harvesting, plant cyclical harvesting – how to set up the system and get it operating and what influences these choices.
  • buffering regimes & approaches, ensuring plant nutrition – a discussion of buffering, what it does and how important it is to system management and success.
  • fish harvesting, plant harvesting, food safety – a discussion of the activities that eventually lead to profits.
Part 2: Business Approaches and Modelling
 
This section of the workshop will concentrate on the skills, knowledge and tools required to make informed business and financial estimations before actually committing any money to construct an aquaponic system. One of the biggest issues with aquaponics currently is that many people are interested to enter the commercial sector, but have little agricultural market exposure and little small business exposure. With a few simple business and financial tools and calculators, people can make far more informed decisions with respect to capital costs, marketing requirements, sales and customer requirements and then decide whether they actually wish to enter the sector. Participants will be guided in the following subject areas:
  • business and financial planning, what is a commercial business? – a discussion of what an aquaponics-based business is and simple financial decision making.
  • financial modelling – how to use simple spreadsheets to financially model the business upfront, so sound financial decisions may be made before any capital is spent.  
  • business realities – a discussion of the realities of operating a fish and plant sales business.
  • developing markets and servicing customers -  a discussion of the realities of choosing and developing markets and servicing of customers in a niche-scale context.
  • post production treatment and packaging, deliveries – a discussion of what post-production and value adding is and the realities of servicing via deliveries.
This will be an intensive workshop, with 8 hours of classroom lectures per day and will require intense and motivated application. Although all lectures will be Powerpoint presentations, and all presentations will be supplied in printed form to participants, the high number of topics covered will require participants to be well organised and prepared to take some of their own notes to gain the full learning outcome.
 

Agenda:  


Day 1  (Wednesday 26th August)

8.15am   Arrival & Coffee/Tea/Biscuits

8:30am   Aquaponic system types - a discussion of recirculating, non-recirculating and de-coupled aquaponic designs and deep flow, NFT and media-based system types.

9:30am   Recirculating aquaponic systems – a discussion of fully recirculating aquaponic systems (eg: the UVI system), their suitability to commercial applications and what they can do and grow.

10:20am   Morning tea

10:30am   Aquaponic system design and sizing – the applied design and sizing approach used for fully recirculating, deep flow, multi-cropping aquaponic systems using UVI and modified UVI feeding rate ratio’s (eg: sizing a fish component based on the required plant component size).

11:30am   Deep flow hydroponic component design and sizing – how to design and size a deep flow hydroponic component for plant production and flow rate requirements.

12:30pm   Lunch

1:30pm   Fish component design – how to design and size a RAS fish component to apply to an aquaponics context; includes flow rate requirements, aeration requirements, cyclic fish production, fingerling components and quarantine systems.

2:30pm   Fish tanks and filter designs and choices – the best fish tank shape and size for the aquaponic application, filtration requirements, sizing solids filters and biofilters based on fish and feeding loads, a discussion of what is required and works best in an aquaponics context and how to make your own filters.

3:20pm   Afternoon tea

3:30pm   Aquaponic nutrient dynamics – a discussion of the driving force of aquaponic systems (the nutrients), where the nutrients come from, the effect of fish feeds, where the nutrients go and what concentrations and mixtures are required.

4:30pm   Fish sheds, greenhouses, heating and lighting – a discussion of keeping fish in separate sheds/rooms, what greenhouses actually provide, supplemental heating and lighting requirements, crop protection requirements and choices in an aquaponic context.
 
Day 2  (Thursday 27th August)

8.15am   
Coffee/Tea/Biscuits

8:30am   Commercial aquaponic system management and operation – management tasks, operational tasks, water testing requirements and the other technical requirements for the day to day management of a commercial aquaponic operation.

9:30am   Commercial aquaponic system commissioning and cycling – starting the system, building biofilters capacity, adding fish, adding plants and how to set up the system and get it operating and what influences these choices.

10:20am   Morning tea

10:30am   Aquaponic system buffering regimes and species – buffering the system and controlling pH, the appropriate buffer species to use, ensuring plant nutrition via appropriate buffering, what buffering does and how important it is to system management and success.

11:30am   Fish harvesting, plant harvesting and food safety – a discussion of fish cyclical harvesting, plant cyclical harvesting, general food safety requirements and the activities that lead to profits.

12:30pm   Lunch

1:30pm   Fish choices and plant choices – a discussion of the available fish and plants and how financial output and available market affects the choices.

2:30pm   What is a commercial aquaponics business and the available markets? – a discussion of what an aquaponics-based business is and what the available markets are in an aquaponic context.

3:20pm   Afternoon tea
      

3:30pm   Financial planning and financial modelling – how to use simple spreadsheets to financially plan and model the business upfront so sound financial decisions may be made before any capital is spent.

4:30pm   Developing markets and servicing customers in a small niche environment – a discussion of the realities of choosing and developing markets and servicing of customers in a niche-scale context.

Day 3  (Friday 28th August)

9.30am  - 4.45pm   BAQUA Aquaponic Conference - BAQUA will be running their annual aquaponic conference after the commercial aquaponics workshop. Conference details will be available soon and sent out separately once the speaker line-up is confirmed.

 

About Dr Lennard: 

Dr Wilson Lennard has worked as a professional scientist for over 25 years. He has skills and experience in many biological disciplines, including: human assisted reproductive technologies (IVF embryology), freshwater aquatic ecology, environmental biology, constructed wetland design and engineering, water sensitive urban design, grey water treatment and recycling, black water treatment and recycling, freshwater aquaculture, marine aquaculture, hydroponics, integrated aquatic farming systems and aquaponics.
He has worked in the aquaponics field for the last 14 years. Four of those years were associated with him obtaining a PhD degree in Applied Biology in 2006 from The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, specialising in the adaptation and optimisation of aquaponics to Australian conditions and fish species.
Dr Wilson Lennard
Since 2006 Dr Lennard has concentrated on developing a unique commercial aquaponics design, sizing and management methodology (SymbioponicsTM) and commercialising aquaponics by bringing predictability to the technology via integrating existing and well-established principles from Aquaculture and hydroponics. He currently runs his own global consulting company, Aquaponic Solutions, continues aquaponic research and travels the world teaching aquaponics and consulting on commercial aquaponic projects. Recent projects include an aquaponic trial facility to compare commercial aquaponic plant productive rate with that of standard commercial hydroponics and an ongoing project to introduce aquaponic technology to the South Pacific Island nations for food security and import substitution. He currently lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Dr Lennard now concentrates on the development of the global commercial aquaponics industry via his consulting business. He holds an Adjunct Research Fellowship at the University of South Australia where his research centres on the utilisation and treatment of wastes streams produced from large recirculating aquaculture farms. He continues his own self-funded research in the area of the development of more exacting feeding rate ratio’s and management methodologies in aquaponics and he also has research and development projects in the developing world context; specifically, the development of a universally available, inexpensive, easy to construct and operate “developing world aquaponic system” that utilises local materials and can adapt to renewable energy resources.

 


Inclusions: 

All participants will be supplied with:
  • lunch based on local produce from Devon, morning and afternoon teas each day.
  • full workbook (containing each slide from each presentation). 

More information?

How to get there?
For directions on how to get to the workshop follow this link.

To view a map showing the location of both Bicton EaRTH (indicated by marker) and its distance to nearby Bicton College (where optional accommodation is based) click here


Accommodation 
Bed & Breakfast accommodation is available at Bicton College (a short drive from Bicton EaRTH) for £25 per person, per night. The rooms are all s
ingle occupancy rooms with en-suite facilities. The accommodation is clean but basic student accommodation i.e. no TV nor tea/coffee facilities in each room. However, there is free wifi and you will have access to a shared kitchen with a microwave, fridge, kettle etc. Breakfast (full english breakfast, juice, hot drinks, toast and cereal) is included and served in the nearby Bicton College canteen.

Alternative accommodation can be  found at:
Kings Arms Otterton
B&B by the Beach
Rosehill Rooms and Cookery
The Chapter House
Ladram Bay Holiday Park

You can also search on www.booking.com for accommodation in or close to East Budleigh, Devon.

Aquaponic Conference Dr Lennard's two-day commercial aquaponics workshop will be followed by BAQUA's annual aquaponic conference on Friday 28th August)  (9.30am - 4.45pm at Bicton EaRTH. Conference details will be available soon (once the speaker line-up is confirmed). Anyone interested in attending both events, can pay for a conference ticket at the same time as they book their workshop placement. Conference tickets are £45.00 each (or £40.50 for BAQUA members).  

Dietary requirements If anyone has any dietary requirements please contact us well in advance. We will do our best to help ensure your requests are accommodated. 

Anything else? If you have any more questions about the workshop (or conference) please don't hesitate to contact Chrissy


Booking and Payment

Workshop spaces are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

**Please note** that your place on the workshop (and any optional extras) must be booked and paid for in full by Friday 24th July. To confirm your booking please do the following:

1. Make the relevant payment
The costs of the workshop, conference and accommodation are detailed below:

 
 Costs
 Commercial  Aquaponics Workshop  (26th & 27th Aug 2015)  £650.00
 B&B Accommodation  at  Bicton  College  (optional)
 - available on nights of  Tues 25th,  Weds 26th  & Thurs 27th Aug only
 £25.00  pp/night
 BAQUA Aquaponic  Conference (optional)    (28th Aug  2015)  £45.00 non-  members;
 £40.50 ,BAQUA  members
 
Once you have tallied up what you owe, please send a BACS payment to the following account with your name in the subject field:

Bank: Triodos Bank
Account name: BAQUA CIC
Account number: 20533675
Sort code: 16-58-10


2. E-mail Chrissy with your booking details
Once you have made your payment please e-mail Chrissy with these details:

1. Events you have paid for (workshop, conference or both) 
2. Accommodation you have paid for and for which of the nights: Tues 25th, Weds 26th and/or Thurs 27th Aug 2015
3. The full name(s) of attendee(s)
4. Any dietary requirements.

Once we receive your 1) full payment & 2) an e-mail with your booking details, then we will send you a confirmation e-mail.
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