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Dolores Tous-Zamora
University of Malaga
Francisco De-la-Rosa-Sánchez
University of Malaga
Eva M. Sánchez-Teba
University of Malaga
Manuel Cordero-Tous
Universidad de Málaga
Rubén Ruiz-Campos
Universidad de Málaga
Vol. 9 No. 1 (2019), Family business in the context of global changes, pages 39-48
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This article describes the design of a single-family aquaponic system powered by solar energy. This technique called “aquaponics” is an activity that blends aquaculture (farming aquatic species) and hydroponics (growing plants in a water-based environment) into one integrated system. A description is given of the elements in the aquaponic circuit, which is sized to scale for a family business, in addition to the budget required for its implementation in Chad. The use of renewable energy offers the possibility of implementing sustainable farming in underdeveloped countries. The objective of this system is to maximize the production of fish and vegetables, taking into account their limitations (20 kg of fish can be produced for every 1,000 liters of water while 8 liters of water are necessary to grow each plant). The fish farmed in this case will be tilapia, as it is technically feasible and has a flavor that is acceptable to the inhabitants of Chad. The cultivated plants include all types of fruits and vegetables, as well as aromatic plants.

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