Project will be the first of its kind to quantify the benefits of solar-powered subsurface pond aeration
LINNE Industries confirmed today that it will supply Delaware State University with 3 PondHawk solar-powered pond aeration systems for its research project on water quality and aquatic weed control for golf course ponds. The project was made possible by a grant from the Delaware Biotechnology Institute's Center for Advanced Technology program.
“The research project was driven from our work with golf course superintendents,” said Sandra Burton, co-founder, LINNE Industries. “We are excited to partner with Delaware State University on this innovative study and look forward to providing superintendents, course owners and communities with meaningful data to make decisions on their water features.”
The PondHawk systems will be compared with 2 other pond management strategies in this nine pond study. Over the next 12 months, experts at the Delaware State University (DSU) Aquaculture Research and Demonstration Facility will measure aeration's impact on pH, nitrogen, phosphorus, algae, and mosquitos while LINNE Industries assesses the energy and maintenance costs. LINNE Industries and DSU will host a Kick-Off event on September 24, 2015 from 1:30 – 4 pm. Golf course owners, managers, superintendents, and anyone interested in pond management is invited to attend to learn more about the study and talk with the study principals.
“We have been interested in testing alternative energy sources at the Aquaculture Research and Demonstration Facility for a while now, and this project is allowing us to explore this technology”, said Dr. Dennis McIntosh, Delaware State University's Principal Project Investigator.
About Delaware State University Aquaculture Research and Demonstration Facility
The DSU Aquaculture Research and Demonstration Facility, is a 13-acre complex located on the University's main campus in Dover, DE and has a combination of aquaculture production technologies in place. As designed, the pond facility includes 34 freshwater ponds ranging in size from 1/8 to 1.5 acres and has water quality analysis laboratory, temperature and humidity controlled storage space, and a fully functional maintenance and repair shop.
About the Delaware Biotechnology Institute
The Delaware Biotechnology Institute is a magnet for life science research and development. We support multidisciplinary, collaborative academic research at all of Delaware's research organizations including the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Christiana Care Health System, Nemours / AI DuPont Hospital for Children, Wesley College, and Delaware Technical and Community College. We foster academic-industrial research partnerships and work to support the local bioscience industry (from start-ups to multinationals) in partnership with the Delaware Bioscience Association. We are also committed to inspiring the next generation scientist and the professional development of their teachers through our Science for All Delawareans outreach programs.
About LINNE Industries
LINNE Industries is the manufacturer of the PondHawk® Solar Pond Aeration System (pat. pending). Founded in August 2013 and based in Newark, Delaware, LINNE Industries designs and manufactures sustainable energy products that improve the environment while providing best-in-class energy systems that deliver dynamic solutions for their customers. PondHawk is the first fully-integrated pond aeration system that improves water quality, eliminates algae, and restores habitat without power delivery or electric costs.