PAL offers attractive solutions for Catfish production

The team of the “fish people” by PAL Plant construction answered all visitor´s questions about the Catfish production for 4 days. Overwhelming numbers of visitors and a huge professional interest. Our philosophy, to look at the complete production process from providing fingerlings up to the final product at the counter, convinced the guests. Offers for complete solutions, e.g. 180kg Catfish filet per week = 24t raw fish per year, are very attractive for farmers, which are looking for another business field. The fish container “PAL Spezial” as an entry model for a catfish production of 6t/a with “plug & play” system led to first purchase requests.

The eye catcher on the stand was a INAPRO – Aquaponic – model, demonstration example for future solutions of combined fish and vegetable production.

These many requests and discussions confirmed that we offer a contribution to future fish production with our solutions. We are looking forward to the upcoming work.

Juli 2016

PAL Plant construction displays „Urban Aquaponic-models“

One of the goals within INAPRO project are solution approaches for “Urban Systems” besides the practical feasibility of Aquaponics systems.

At a ground area of 20m² assemblers of PAL Plant construction set up a small Aquponics system which were displayed at the “Hortivation” (small sister exhibition of the world's leading trade fair IPM ESSEN) in Kalkar from 12th – 14th June and since the 1st July 2016 at the DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum in Berlin.

Kalkar: „Our exhibitors are reporting intensive and high-quality discussions with the trade visitors to us.“ summarises Oliver P. Kuhrt, CEO of Messe Essen. This innovative combination of fish and plant production was the number one eye catcher at the sector „Urban Gardening“.

Berlin: „HUMAN FACTOR-Endless Prototyping“- under this headline artists, engineers, technologists and scientists display solutions in the form of prototypes which deal with current challenges of the digital era. Central topic is the factor “human” between art and science.

The first visitor´s reactions towards our model (designed in coorperation with Ms. Wenke Förster, IGB) showed that we find great interest in sustainable food production.


Visit of Agriculture Committee of the federal state parliament Mecklenburg Western Pomerania

On 30th June, the Agriculture Committee of the federal state parliament Mecklenburg Western Pomerania and Agriculture Minister Mr. Dr. Backhaus visited our company. They learned about the results of our work, especially in the field of aquaculture. The Test and Research greenhouse, which was constructed as part of the ongoing EU project INAPRO, was place for lively discussions on sustainable solutions for Aquaponics systems. Apart from technological developments also their "culinary results" (African Catfish in all its diversity) were impressive, the summary of the guests. PAL Plant construction Abtshagen want to thank all members of the committee and the minister for the visit since it is an appreciation for a continuous search for innovative, sustainable solutions.


Research assignment for aquaponics system of University of Rostock

On 6th May the Minister of Agriculture of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Mr. Dr. Backhaus, handed over a grant agreement to the topic “Fish feed-induced quality improvement of fish and plant products by aquaponics systems in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

An operational group, consisting of 4 partners, within the European Innovation Partnership, is working at this challenging project. The professorship for aquaculture and sea-ranching of the University of Rostock got the leadership. The scientific research will be done at the new FishGlasHouse in combination with the warm water recirculating aquaculture system by PAL Plant construction and engineering company.  

Partners are the Fischgut Nord eG together with their marketing company Filetas, which realizes the delivery, processing and the marketing of the produced fish. Grönefingers GmbH Rostock, also a partner, sells the produced plants by the aquaponics. Last but not least the F&F Fisch – Feinkost Handelsgesellschaft Rostock, which trades African Catfish products already to their consumers.   

All partners offer the products under the label “Aus Aquaponik in MV” (by aquaponics systems in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania). Special attention is paid on the the acceptance of the consumers.

Picture: the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Dr. Backhaus, at the handover of the grant agreement to Mr. Prof. Palm


PAL-object for WetransFORM in Nürnberg

Arts and design to the limits of growth – exhibition at Staatlichen Museum für Kunst und Design  Nürnberg (museum for arts and design Nürnberg) from 18th March until 19th June 2016.  An abstract of the accompanying magazine of the exhibition: “Questions about the finiteness of resources, but also the urgency of a more sustainable way of life are the central topics of the debates. Arts and design made the results of global (mis)use of nature and their medial presentation to an important object of their dispute. In 7 closely connected exhibition areas new perspectives are brought in into the ongoing debates of growth. The area Feed the world connects current developments like “urban farming” with a speculative design of an alternative way of food production.

PAL Plant construction and engineering company and the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) designed an example of an aquaponics system as part of the INAPRO project, which arouses great interest of the visitors.

Picture: Annette Kradisch


Catfish - present at the fish INTERNATIONAL

-the fish fair in Germany, from 14th until 16th February 2016 in Bremen. fish international – that are more than 14.000m² of exhibition space for about 230 exhibitors from 20 nations. More than 10.000 visitors of the fish branch, retail trade and gastronomy take part to catch up on the latest news and find suppliers.

Parallel interested people can inform themselves at a huge lecture event at the Congress Centrum Bremen. filetas will contribute with a short presentation “African catfish from german agriculture – producer association with a strong partner”. PAL plant construction will report about the “First results out of practice – INAPRO-Test & research facility Abtshagen”.

filetas - Fischgut eG & Co. Vertriebs OHG, the cooperative marketing organization of the producer associations Fischgut Nord eG and Fischgut Mitte eG, will represent itself as exhibitor on invitation of the customer Transgourmet on their exhibition stand. Together with 20 partners Bremen`s wholesale business is the largest exhibitor with about 600m². Transgourmet owns processing capacities und supplies the retail business, cruise liners and (inter-)national hotel chains. Our catfish, raised, processed and refined in Germany, is listed at Transgourmet since 1 year.

Focal point of our exhibition presentation will be the range of products “Ursprung”. Furthermore filetas also intends to present new products, e.g. Graved Catfish and serve them to the visitors.

You can find the great variety of this wide-ranging fish in our farm shop respectively under



New PAL-off stable® in Franken

The family Wolf from Kaltengreuth/ Ansbach (Germany) decided to build a PAL-off stable®. Thereby another practice proved housing system was set up since 2003. A bestseller, which is especially popular for family businesses in the South-Germany. The PAL-off Stable® presents itself as a standardized animal welfare orientated and also energy-efficient housing system, suitable for fattening pigs and gestating sows, for rearing piglets in combination with the heat source "dark radiator". Characteristically fort he the PAL-off stable is the combination of ventilation with negative pressure during winter and free ventilation during summer in a thermally insulated building shell. Even on hot summer days the PAL-off Stable® ensures comfortable conditions for pigs leading to high farming results and customer satisfaction. With the PAL-off Stable® a high animal comfort, low NH³-emmission, reduced energy demands for ventilation can be reached. It can be worked with natural light inside the stable. The family Wolf chose for their stable a version of a Large Group Pen with on-call feeding. By these large groups a good structured keeping area arises divided into resting area, faeces area and feeding area. The control of the aeration system is realized by a special PAL-off computer. All details of construction and equipment fulfill the specification for an animal appropriate farming systems.



Aquaponics in Fish-Glas-House at the University of Rostock

Since the middle of July 2015 the first African Catfish have been swimming in the new Fish-Glas-House at the department Aquaculture and Searanching of the University of Rostock. The Fish-Glas-House is a combination of 3 warm water recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) in different varieties and a downstream greenhouse consisting of 6 compartments. Some of the numerous features are the separate recording of process water from every RAS in the intermediate tank and the controlled transfer into the greenhouse compartments according to scientific experimentation. The “purified fish water” by the plants is given back into the RAS by the same principle afterwards. All the relevant data are collected, saved and analyzed with the field-tested PAL-process control “PROFI”. PAL plant construction and engineering company worked out and realized a technical-technological system solution for the fish compartment including a usage for the process water in a close cooperation with the department Aquaculture and Searanching.

On the 27.11.2015 the first results of the aquaculture project Fish-Glas-House of the University of Rostock will be presented at a conclusion event.

We do wish our research partner great success!


First results from aquaponics from the Technical College Soest

In April 2015 PAL Plant construction and Engineering Company Abtshagen handed over the small compact warm water recirculating aquaculture system to the agriculture department of the Technical College Südwestfalen in Soest. This system is installed at only 19m² and is part of a demonstration and testing facility for aquaponics. At the beginning of May 2015 European Catfish were put into the production system. Since then these fish grew well and contributed significantly to the salad production in the next room. Attached you find the first press release of the Technical College Südwestfalen on their aquaponics project.

Our activities within the international project INAPRO and the cooperation with other scientific institutions help to develop experiences from applied research rather quickly further into practicable system solutions.

Fig. „Soest´s Aquaponics-Catfish“



A XXL-container with incredible content

A PAL warm water recirculating aquaculture system, completely integrated in 45 feet high cube container, went on a journey to one of our customers in Austria. Inside the container, which is designed for a continuous yearly production of 10 tons of African Catfish, all necessary components are installed: fish tanks, water treatment, feeding, ventilation system, heating system and electrical equipment. The supply with water, heat and electricity and also the disposal of exchange water can be ensured by plug and play connections. The final assembly on site only requires bases onto which the container will be placed. The container recirculating system is suitable for newcomers, for production expansion and also educational purposes.


Treated trough water for turkeys

A farmer in the county Western Pommerania/Rügen uses 2 water treat systems with “Anolytech Desinfection System” for his turkey production since july 2015. PAL Plant-Construction and Engineering Company installed the customised systems adapted to animal species and stocking density. The capacity for each system was set at 5m³/h for iron removal and softening (iron, manganese and lime) and for disinfection and keeping a constant pH value at 6,5 at maximum 30m³/h.  The applied ECA – technology (electrochemical activation) for producing the concentrate only uses salt, water and electricity, absolutely no further chemicals.  

Healthy trough water improves the animal welfare and well-being with a positive impact on performance/ weight increase of the animals. Anolytech Industry is available in 3 versions (40, 80 and 120 liters concentrate per hour) and can be used variable for all animal species and different stocks.