GIZ Energy Support Programme

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Solar-Aquaculture Habitats as Resource-Efficient and Integrated Multilayer Production Systems (SHRIMPS)



08/2019 - 05/2023

Funding Agencies

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)


  • Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • Ho Chi Minh City’s Nong Lam University
  • Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute
  • SMA Sunbelt Energy GmbH
  • Suntrace GmbH
  • Viet Nam’s Institute of Energy (IoE)
  • A major Vietnamese shrimp production company


The SHRIMPS project aims to reduce freshwater consumption, wastewater, CO2 emissions and pollutant inputs as well as achieve farms’ greater resilience to the impacts of climate change. It will also improve the economic situation of rural areas in the Mekong region, contribute to greater energy security, promote sustainable shrimp breeding methods and create a platform for international and interdisciplinary knowledge transfer.

The project consists of three phases:

Phase 1: Development of SHRIMPS Systems

• Doing research on the most promising production techniques and developing a concept for the following phases accordingly, which takes into account the photovoltaics (PV) level
• Investigating the load-bearing capacity of the Vietnamese shrimp company’s production halls and developing the hall structure’s necessary reinforcements
• Exanimating and evaluating (i) the pilot plant’s grid construction and connection, internal upscaling & external downscaling, (ii) the legal ground to clarify land use related issues

Phase 2: Installation of SHRIMPS Pilot Plant

• Placing the pilot plant with the installed capacity of approximate 100kWp on the Vietnamese shrimp company’s site in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu
• Using the plant to demonstrate the potential of aqua-PV for shrimp breeding using the bio floc process

Phase 3: Monitoring, Evaluation and Rollout

• Monitoring the prototype to ensure that the constructed plant is reliable and can be used as a reference for industry not only in Viet Nam but also in other countries
• Transferring the aqua-PV systems to small and medium-sized enterprises in the Mekong region, with particular emphasis on the region’s social conditions and economic situation

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