Iceland is the ideal place for development of the innovative food production system aquaponics with access to clean water and abundant geothermal resources providing stable conditions all year around in a sustainable and economic way. Furthermore, all electricity in Iceland is produced from renewable energy – geothermal and hydro power. Aquaponics.is is developing geothermal aquaponics systems for
commercial production, building a knowledge network domestic and internationally and enhancing aquaponics skills through vocational training and a PhD programme. The Icelandic aquaponics group has a strong international aquaponics network through the SME Svinna-verkfrædi ehf and the University of Iceland. The group is participating in three European projects; The Ecoinnovation funded EcoPonics, The Leonardo funded project EuroPonics and the COST Action FA1305 The EU Aquaponics Hub: Realising Sustainable Integrated Fish and Vegetable Production for the EU.
Aquaponics.is is designing and constructing commercial solutions pulling aquaculture and plant production in hydroponics together into one sustainable production process optimizing the use of natural resources and minimizing waste. Several small pilot systems have been built. Iceland offers abundant geothermal reserves that have for several decades been used successfully to heat up greenhouses for plant and vegetable production and for aquaculture.