Experts in offshore aquaculture

offshore aquaculture engineers

Offshore aquaculture engineers

Aqitec is an engineering company that is at the forefront when it comes to cultivation arrangements for aquaculture. Aqitec is involved in international developments regarding systems for aquaculture, including anchoring, installation, seeding, monitoring and harvesting. In our engineering process we apply an integrated approach to create safe, cost-effective and environmentally friendly solutions. Monitoring provides insights and allows us to validate arrangements.


  • Engineering
  • Simulation
  • Construction
  • Verification and testing
  • Certification

Omikron Solutions schema

Quick scan

Aqitec can perform a quick scan or feasibility study specific for your site.

Farm design

Based on site conditions we can make a concept and detailed design.

AQ-dynamic-farm software

Dynamic modelling of the seaweed cultivation arrangements using in-house developed lumped-element “AQ-dynamic-farm” software.


Aqitec installed a special buoy on the North Sea. The Azifarm. This is a floating and lightweight structure for cultivation of seaweed. The system is easy and safe to deploy. In order to minimize the need to go out to sea, the buoy is equipped with GPS, sensors, cameras and telemetry. Hence there is always a good view on the condition of the Azifarm and the seaweed. The first six-metre high waves have passed by, and this free test – thanks North Sea! – has produced beautiful images and data.

Why are we doing this? We would like to use our knowledge to demonstrate new technology and gain a better understanding of the possibilities for sustainable offshore seaweed cultivation. Why is this important? Sustainably cultivated seaweed has great potential as an alternative to land-based crops. New technology is needed to safely and affordably farm seaweed at sea.

With thanks to Proeftuin op de Noordzee, North Sea Farmers and the Duurzaamheidsfabriek.

Azifarm ontwerp Azifarm foto

ECO anchors

Two prototype eco-anchors have been installed at sea. Aqitec is proud to be part of this development; modelling, design and engineering. This is a significant step towards nature-inclusive offshore seaweed cultivation.

More information can be found here and here.

Photo credits: Jurriaan Brobbel and North Sea Farmers.

Eco anchor design Eco anchor design


Aqitec is involved in the UTOPIA project. UTOPIA is a user-friendly software framework for smart agriculture – a farming method that has the potential of increasing the yield per square meter by means of automated agricultural machinery providing the crops with the precise treatment that they need. The aim of UTOPIA is to make smart agriculture more accessible, affordable and user-friendly.

UTOPIA is part of the ERA-NET Cofund ICT-AGRI-FOOD and has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 862665 ICT-AGRI-FOOD.

The project is a collaboration between five partners:

See also the project website: UTOPIA


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