Block Island Oyster Farm Wins Grant for Green Design

Block Island Times: Island aquaculture farm Sun Farm Oysters, owned by engineer Chris Warfel, has won a $93,458 Conservation Innovation Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture for its solar and wind powered upweller, a device that keeps water flowing over baby oysters so that they can grow.

“Increasing the number and productivity of aquaculture farms may very well depend upon the adoption of renewable energy technologies that will provide environmentally safe and reliable electrical power at remote locations,” says a USDA announcement. “This project will demonstrate the viability of renewable energy power to provide reliable energy to critical needs in a marine environment, isolated from conventional supplemental utility energy. This approach greatly increases the potential for aquaculture to take place in places where upwelling was previously thought impractical or impossible.”

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