Build your first aquaponics system. Learn the business of backyard aquaponics and the economy of scale for commercial aquaponics during this four-week course: 14 hours of multimedia presentations, learning from industry experts and aquaponics food growers.
Aqua Pono Food Production! Take your aquaponics knowledge to the next level during this four-week interactive course learning best aquaponics practices, meeting industry experts, and discussions about greenhouse experiences and microsystem lab. Non-credit certificate of competencies.
The Solar Photovoltaics field changes periodically as this emerging renewable energy field matures. As of October 2015, battery storage has become an important component of new PV systems in Hawaii. This 15-hour training covers the key factors involved in integrating battery storage with solar panels. Includes sizing, safety considerations, grid-tied battery options, self-supply design, off-grid requirements, and present battery technology.
Entry Level Photovoltaic Design and Installation or significant experience in the solar field
Interested in renewable energy, energy management or maintenance fields? This course provides a basic overview of the field of electricity in classroom and hands-on sessions. Prepares students for further training in electricity, photovoltaic, solar thermal hot water installation and building maintenance. This training is not approved under Hawaii State licensing laws to allow participants to work with electrical systems, which would require extensive additional classroom and apprenticeship hours. (Training will take place in the Vocational Trades Building. Directions will be emailed.)
Learn the principles of small business, residential and commercial PV installation and design. This training prepares participants to take the Entry Level North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) exam.
Aquaponics (also known as the integration of hydroponics with aquaculture) is gaining increased global attention as the fastest growing bio-integrated efficient intensive food production system. Aquaponics serves as a model of sustainable food production by following principles:
- The waste products of one biological system serve as nutrients for a second biological system.
- The integration of fish and plants results in a polyculture that increases diversity and yields multiple products.
- Water is re-used through biological filtration and recirculation, a closed system.
- Local food production provides access to healthy foods and enhances the local economy.
Greenhouse growers and farmers are taking note of aquaponics for several reasons:
- Hydroponic growers view fish-manured irrigation water as a source of organic fertilizer that enables plants to grow well.
- Fish farmers view hydroponics as a biofiltration method to facilitate intensive recirculation aquaculture.
- Greenhouse growers view aquaponics as a way to introduce organic hydroponic produce into the marketplace, since the only fertility input is fish feed and all of the nutrients pass through a biological process.
- Food-producing greenhouses – yielding two products from one production unit – are naturally appealing for niche marketing and green labeling.
- Aquaponics can enable the production of fresh vegetables and fish protein in arid regions and on water-limited farms, since it is water re-use system.
- Aquaponics is a working model of sustainable food production wherein plant and animal agriculture are integrated and recycling of nutrients and water filtration are linked.
- In addition to commercial application, aquaponics has become a popular training aid on integrated bio-systems with vocational agriculture programs and high school biology classes.