A new company in Ames is looking to simplify the way aquaculture facilities operate.
The company, Kimle Aquaculture, is developing an aquaculture system that lowers energy requirements and capture of nitrogen, phosphorus and CO2.
“The beauty of using Gross Wen’s system is that the algae is actually able to uptake the ammonia directly,” Kimle said. “That gives us the ability to simplify the system radically.”
The company is currently running two trials—a trout production trial in Story City and a shrimp production trial just starting in Northwest Iowa.
Long term, the goal for the company is to build a facility where it can run its aquaculture system.
“We’re working on fundraising right now and designing that facility,” Kimle said. “Once we have the two of those wrapped up we’ll start looking for a site that will be adequate for what we need.”
Kimle says the goal for the company is to be a model for how other aquaculture farms can operate more efficiently rather than being a farm itself.
“Our business model isn’t really focused on being a farm. Our goal here is to enable smaller scale production systems for farmers to be economically competitive because we can simplify the design,” Kimle said.
Kimle Aquaculture was recently accepted into the sixth cohort of the ISU Startup Factory.
“A lot of the mentors at the Startup Factory have a lot of experience on the strategic side of starting a business and that has been extremely helpful for us,” Kimle said.
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