Solar Oysters offers an innovative new platform for on-site solar powered automation for oyster aquaculture. Expanding the grow capacity while decreasing the area required to grow oysters and the labor demands.
Let's Bring back Oysters
Chesapeake Bay oyster landings were 120 million pounds per year at its peak. This picture reflects only the oyster shells. Used with permission from from the National Archives.
Proof of Concept Complete
The University of MD Center for Environmental Science’s Chesapeake Biological Laboratory partnered with us as part of a Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) grant.
The current automated design of the full production Solar Oyster system would annually produce approximately
1.5M oysters at 3 inch length.
A Higher Yield
Low impact, sustainable shellfish yield…and a higher yield per acre.
Automates the grow cycle / less labor intensive than traditional float farms.
Allows for ease of access when harvesting, performing biofouling control and system maintenance.
Helps advance a growing marine aquaculture industry and aids in economic growth.
Enables oyster ultraviolet light exposure to inhibit fouling organisms.
Minimal Visual IMPACT
Operates further from shore, resulting in less viewshed impact.
Protein production with minimal to no inputs required such as fertilizer, fresh water, or food.
Improved water quality due to oyster filtering – potential for generating nutrient credits for sale.
Ease of permitting compared to traditional float farms.
Provides sufficient power for ancillary systems; water quality monitoring, platform surveillance, oxygenation; fully integrated spray wash system; navigation lighting, etc.
Produce Oysters economically while cleaning the Chesapeake Bay