Aquaculture - the alternative to overfishing

Aquaculture goes digital

The comprehensive solution portfolio for the aquaculture industry that combines electrification, automation and digitalization with cutting-edge technologies for improved productivity and sustainability.
#F&BTechTalks: Webinar series – Secure competitive advantages in the food and beverage industry with digitalization
#F&BTechTalks | Webinar series

Innovative concepts for the food and beverage industry

Discover proven digitalization concepts for existing and new systems in the food and beverage industry, with which you can secure competitive advantages. In the practice-oriented webinars you will learn how our customers were able to optimize their systems successfully and how you can implement these findings for your company.

Sustainable nutrition

Feeding a growing population with sustainable aquaculture

The oceans cover more than 70 percent of the earth. Only 2 to 3 percent of the global food production comes from the oceans. Still, the oceans are dramatically overfished. More than 100 million tons of fish are consumed worldwide – more than the fish population can produce. In order to produce sufficient animal protein from seafood in a sustainable way, aquaculture is becoming increasingly important.
Use cases

Practical examples of how electrification, automation and digitalization support aquaculture

Aquaculture is becoming increasingly important for global food production. In order to ensure sustainable protein production, modern technology helps to improve energy efficiency, plant availability, product quality, and overall productivity.

Digitalization and automation of Vaxa’s one-of-a-kind production facility

Vaxa's mission is to make aquaculture sustainable. For this purpose, they grow algae that is then processed into high-quality fish feed. Siemens technology allowed them to use less than 1% of the land and fresh water typically used while producing 10 times the product.

A sustainable and carbon-negative production

Aquaculture helps feeding a rapidly growing population. At the same time, conventional aquaculture produces large amounts of water pollution and requires fishmeal as feed – so to cultivate fish, the oceans are fished empty. Vaxa grows algae – the most sustainable crop in the world – and processes them into fish feed to solve this problem.

Siemens technology helps them producing fully sustainable and carbon negative. Learn how Vaxa operates almost autonomously and with consistent quality output using Opencenter RD&L and the digital twin.

Clean energy for salmon sea farming in Norway

With focus on the environment in the calm fjords as well as securing the fish health, the government and the farmers realized the necessary of building large and secured ocean aquaculture farms to be located in rough water.

Reliable power supply from land

Norwegian company Nordlaks is building the 385 meter long and nearly 60 meter wide Havfarm 1 in the Norwegian sea. The sea farm will operate in more exposed waters than is common in today's aquaculture industry. After completion in 2020, Nordlaks plans to add a 7.5-kilometer power cable with a capacity of 3.5 megawatts to the sea farm so that it is supplied with clean energy from land. Nordlaks chose Siemens as the technology partner for automation with SIMATIC S7-1500 and the Totally Integrated Automation Portal (TIA Portal), network products for production platform and administration platform, SINAMICS G150 drives, transformers, and generators.

IoT-based quality monitoring of fish feed

Raisioagro is shipping fish feed to fish farms across Finland as well as in Russia and must meet the high quality requirements set by its customers. To ensure stable product quality, continuous monitoring of the production process is required.

Collecting data from all areas

In order to trace any potential quality defects and to respond appropriately to any complaints from customers, Raisioagro needs to collect data from every production batch. The available process data was found to be scattered in various distributed locations with a lack of centralized management and utilization. With the help of Siemens, Raisioagro managed to establish a connectivity and data management solution that could be easily integrated with all the existing automation systems as well as with new equipment in the future. MindSphere, the open Industrial IoT operating system from Siemens, was the best match to answer these requirements. As a result, product quality has already been improved with the knowledge derived from collected and visualized data.

The future of fish farming

The first Aquaculture 4.0 closed-containment system for tropical fish was built by Singapore Aquaculture Technologies (SAT), using automation and IoT technologies from Siemens for efficient and secure operation.

Aquaculture 4.0

The offshore farm with 3,000 square meters is located off Pasir Ris Coast in Singapore. It uses a Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS), making it the first known Aquaculture 4.0 floating closed-containment fish farm. It creates a controlled environment through a multi-level water treatment process. In addition, the farm integrates a high degree of automation, self-regulated control cycles and artificial intelligence within a Farm Management Information System to achieve a productive and environmentally friendly operation. Siemens provided automation systems for increased productivity, MindSphere for cloud connectivity and data analytics, process instrumentation for monitoring and video analytics based on artificial intelligence to optimize feeding.

Holistic approach

Solutions that cover the entire aquaculture value chain

The aquaculture value chain is demanding specific solutions that support every relevant aspect. Siemens brings to the table long-standing experience and solutions for fish feed production as well the required equipment for providing a sustainable environment for fish production. This enables aquaculture companies to optimally measure water parameters, flow, level, pressure, and weight. By integrating cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence, edge computing and blockchain, companies can continuously optimize their operation.

The traditional and cost-effective method combines the land-based farming of smolt and the sea-based rearing of adult fish.

Land-based fish farming will reduce the production time thanks to the possibility of controlling the temperature and the light in the cages. In addition, this is a possibility for the industry to avoid escape and reduce diseases.

Infinite opportunities from infinite data – by becoming a Digital Enterprise with Siemens Xcelerator

Infinite opportunities from infinite data – by becoming a Digital Enterprise with Siemens Xcelerator

By transforming into a true Digital Enterprise, companies can collect, understand and use the infinite amount of data created in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The result: A continuous loop of optimization in near real-time, maximum transparency, and reduced resource consumption to make industry more sustainable. With Siemens Xcelerator – our easy, flexible, and open digital business platform – we help our customers to accelerate their digital transformation to become a Digital Enterprise. Discover the possibilities for your company!

Perfect match with customer needs

Products and solutions for the aquaculture industry are not one-size-fits-all. With the co-creation approach from Siemens, the solutions match the specific requirements of each company.
The most important thing for us is to obtain relevant information from the production process in order to improve control. Access to this new information helps us increase the consistency of product quality by reducing the quality variance between production batches.
Petri Elonen, quality engineer at Raisioagro
Boost agility and enhance resilience with smart financing solutions

Financial solutions for the food and beverage industry

The food and beverage industry is changing rapidly to cope with the changing nature of supply and demand, developing technologies, digitalization and new ways of working. Siemens supports them with intelligent and flexible financing solutions.

At a glance

Specific solutions for the aquaculture industry

Explore our portfolio of solutions for the aquaculture industry in an interactive manner.


A comprehensive portfolio for the aquaculture industry


From individual controls to fully integrated process control systems – the Siemens portfolio covers all your automation needs: precise, flexible, and efficient automation from a single source.


As a pioneer in electrification, Siemens is constantly innovating its portfolio, offering you powerful, energy-efficient, and reliable power supply and drive solutions.


Digitalization is advancing, and you can get the most out of it by products and solutions that meet any industrial requirements. This way you can use the full potential of your company’s machine, process, and operation data.

Center of Competence

Generating added value for the aquaculture industry

The aquaculture industry is in a transition phase. In order to achieve additional growth, it needs to tackle environmental challenges, develop new farming concepts, and to consistently integrate automation and digitalization into their value chain.

Developing new opportunities

Siemens has established a Center of Competence for the aquaculture industry where our experts are working on supporting companies to realize their digital transformation. This support ranges from products and solutions to consulting and services. This way companies of any size can start their digitalization process at any point of their value chain.

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Contact our experts to learn how you can benefit from digitalization

The right combination of electrification, automation, and digitalization holds the potential to gain competitive edge in the aquaculture industry. Our experts are here to support you with your project and help you to improve your production using digitalization.