I work for a company that builds commercial solar arrays and we have a great volunteer opportunity in Uganda. We will be building an Aquaponics system powered by solar in Uganda to feed the local population.
I want to build a system that will have 7 days of autonomy with the following components:
550 gal fish tank (55gal barrels)
500gal of grow beds (with expansion to come later)
Laguna MAX-FLO 900 (rated at 899 gph)
(8) T-145 6volt 370Ah batteries
Tri-star TS-45 charge controller
(4) Kyocera 210watt solar panels
We will be using 55 gal drums for the fish tanks with one barrel for a biological filter/sump. “Down spout” drain pipes (4” square) for our grow beds. NFT will be used in the grow beds.
I have built my own system using 275gal tote tanks and 55gal barrels and it works great. I want to see if anyone has made an off grid Aquaponis system and what issues you have had with them. If you want anymore info on the project go to www.ecolifefoundation.org