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Automated and large scale production of juvenile lobsters (Homarus gammarus)

Ocean ranching of lobsters is a new type of enterprise in Norway based on new legislation which protects the ownership and privilege to harvest of living organisms released within a specified area. This new business sector needs a large supply of lobster juveniles produced in an industrial facility to secure high quality and low price. The talk outlines the principles employed in a large scale and fully automated hatchery and culture plant with a capacity of 4.8 million lobster juveniles per year. The plant utilizes warm cooling water from a nearby industrial complex and has a number of computer controlled process units and machines related to internal transportation, automatic feeding, sorting and packaging.
Type of Seminar:
Public Seminar
Jens G. Balchen Professor Emeritus
Institutt for teknisk kybernetikk Norwegian University of Science and Technology 7491 Trondheim, Norway
Sep 28, 2001   11:30

ETH Zentrum, Physikstrasse 3, 8006 Zurich ETL K 25
Contact Person:

Prof. M. Morari
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Biographical Sketch:
Professor Emeritus Jens Glad Balchen (75), Department of Engineering Cybernetics (DEC), Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, had his basic education in electrical engineering in Norway and in control engineering at Yale University (1951) He was appointed Associate Professor of Control Engineering at DEC 1954 and Professor 1962. He was one of the"Founding Fathers" of IFAC in Heidelberg in 1956 and has served in a number of IFACs boards and committees. He has initiated and supervised a large number of research and development programs in industrial automation in Norway and has been active in international cooperation. He is a Fellow of IEEE.