The operator of the SAR's first large-scale indoor fish farm, Aquaculture
Technologies Asia Limited (ATAL) saw the need to stay competitive by maintaining
an energy-efficient, cost-effective operation that can support environmental
After searching high and low, ATAL finally adopted a comprehensive energy
saving solution covering all aspects of its operation. Central to the solution,
a variable speed drive (VSD) was installed to regulate the speed of water pumps
and air blowers, which together consume up to 70% of the fish farm's overall
electricity consumption. The feature of VSD has enabled ATAL to adjust the
running speed of these energy intensive devices according to the needs of the
fish population thus significantly reduces its overall energy consumption.
As part of the GREENPLUS eco-solution, a heat pump system for
maintaining water temperature and a partially solar powered T5 fluorescent
lighting system were also installed. Total cost and environmental benefits are
It also creates an environment akin to the natural habitat of
groupers, helping to produce healthy fish with a lower mortality rate. All these
benefits have come at a manageable capital investment cost with a payback period
of less than two years.
It has been more than half a century since the Heung family opened its first
chicken farm in Hong Kong. Now, with the second generation taking over the helm
of Tai On Chicken, the company has found new ways to enhance its operations
while helping to protect the environment.
"Since we need year-round room temperature control and 24-hour lighting,
energy expenses alone used to take up nearly 13% of the total cost of raising a
chicken. After joining CLP's GREENPLUS Programme, we were advised of
the most effective means to reduce costs thus making our business more
competitive," Mr. Heung Yam Chun explained.
CLP offered a variety of cost effective and eco friendly recommendations,
including replacing the diesel boiler with a heat pump system and changing all
inefficient incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent lamps.
Mr. Heung was delighted with the outcome. "Our chicken farm in
Fanling has reduced its energy expenses by 30%," he said. "This means we can
save HK$100,000 and 60 tonnes of carbon emissions every year! With an investment
payback period of just two years, I am confident this will secure our
competitiveness and ensure our future growth in the market."
The 30,000 square feet hydroponic farm is located at River Beas in Sheung
Shui. With the assistance of CLP GREENPLUS program in achieving
energy saving, the farm puts the renewable energy application into
To cater the energy consumption of the hydroponic farm, CLP account manager
arranged site visits to assess the feasibility of renewable energy application.
Two types of solar panels with a self-designed GREENPLUS console were
recommended to install. The console also indicates and compares the figures of
electricity generation from two different types of solar panels while arousing
public awareness and understanding in renewable energy.
Considering the geographical environment of the hydroponic farm, CLP
recommended the installation of 3 sets Concentrated Photovoltaic (PV) panels and
8 sets Flexible Thin Film Photovoltaic (PV) panels to supply partial energy to
Sun-tracking Concentrated Photovoltaic panels concentrate the sunlight onto a
smaller area of semiconductor PV cell with 25% efficiency which is higher than
the normal PV panels. During direct sunlight with sun-tracking device, the
panels show good performance despite the installation depends on geographic
environment and requires spacious area.
As for the Flexible Thin Film Photovoltaic panels, the compact size is easy
for installation and more flexible for placement. Its efficiency is only 10%
which is much lower than Concentrated Photovoltaic panels but it performs
comparatively well even under diffused sunlight.