Turbo Energy India Aquaponic Farm
Summary: Alongside free-range dairy cows and organic fruit plantations at the TVS Organic Farming Research Centre in Chennai, India, this system is producing food and providing valuable data for agriculture in the region.
- Size: 130 sq m greenhouse, 35,000 L total system volume
- Production system: LEED certified breathable greenhouse, river gravel beds and deep water cultivation troughs. Production target: 7 tons produce/year, 2-4 tons fish/year.
- Species: Multi-species stocking including Catla and Grass carp alongside Tilapia. Vegetable production includes ethnic and indigenous vegetables like okra, gourds, tomato, melon, beans, and peppers, as well as high value greens and herbs like kale, chards, spinach, basil, pak choy, choi sum and mustards.
- Date Operational: 2011
Partners and People:
- Turbo Energy Private Ltd, a division of TVS Motors
- Managing Director Mr. R. Ramanujam
- Farm Manager V. Ramkumar
Located on the South Eastern coast of India, on the outskirts of the city of Chennai, the Turbo Energy Aquaponic Garden is part of the Platinum LEED facility of Turbo Energy Private Ltd a division of TVS Motors. The TVS Organic Farming Research Centre on the renewable energy driven TEL research and development facility is additionally home to “grass-fed” “free roaming” dairy cows, Organic Mango, Coconut and Banana Plantations.
Inspired by the sustainability of Aquaponics and its tailor-made suitability to the overall theme of the facility, Visionary Turbo Energy Managing Director Mr. R. Ramanujam partnered with WaterFarmers™ to develop the first of its kind Aquaponic production facility in India. The project was commissioned in 2011 and has been fully functional in its commercial operations since. One of its flagship clients include the Radisson Blu chain of hotels in Chennai, India.
The system features a FloMedia or Hybrid style setup, featuring a combination River gravel beds and and Deep water culture troughs in a specially designed breathable greenhouse structure. Being part of an LEED certified facility, the greenhouse structure was entirely constructed with recycled or waste material generated from dismantled factory sheds and structures. With an energy footprint of less than 2 KW, the system is a flagship model of the WaterFarmers sustainable design.
The aquaculture system is a multi-species stocking model, which includes indigenous carp varieties like Catla and Grass carp alongside the aquaponic power horse Tilapia. The production schema includes ethnic and indigenous vegetables like Okra, Gourds, Tomato, Melon, Beans and Peppers. Additionally, high value greens and exotic herbs like Kale, Chards, Spinach, Basil, Pak Choy, Choi Sum and Mustards. Produce from this farm is quickly becoming popular with local culinary establishments, with expansions planned in the near future. In terms of production figures the system will produce 7 tons of greens and vegetables alongside 2 – 4 tons of fish annually.
Being one of the first fully functional systems of its kind in the region, the system has presented a wide range of useful production parameters that can help determine best practices for the climactic and environmental variations of the Coastal Deccan region of India.
As with all WaterFarmers Projects the TEL Aquaponic Farm runs by its dedicated Farm Manager and his farm hands. We would like to tip our hat off to V. Ramkumar for the successfully implementing WaterFarmers best practices on site and spearheading the marketing activities that made the project an immense success.