Look­ing at carp-power

Shepparton News - Country News - - OPIN­ION - By Rod­ney Woods

It may be the fish that Aus­tralia wants to con­trol for en­vi­ron­men­tal rea­sons, but mon­i­tor­ing the num­bers may also save lives.

That’s be­cause an In­dian study has found the scales of a carp could pro­duce enough en­ergy to power a pace­maker.

‘‘When fish scales are bent me­chan­i­cally, a small elec­tri­cal charge is cre­ated,’’ Na­tional Carp Con­trol Plan co-or­di­na­tor Matt Bar­wick said.

Closer to home, Mr Bar­wick said Curtin Uni­ver­sity was tak­ing the re­search fur­ther.

‘‘Curtin Uni­ver­sity are look­ing at all op­tions in­clud­ing scales to see what we can do with them.

It’s a unique idea that we could make en­ergy.

‘‘Through our carp con­trol we iden­ti­fied what they have a lot of — which is scales — and what can be done in Aus­tralia so we don’t leave any stone un­turned?

‘‘It’s im­por­tant we keep our eyes open for all op­tions.’’

Mr Bar­wick said the re­search would not be just about what the dead carp might pro­duce but also whether there was any in­ter­est.

‘‘The study will be around can it be done as well as find­ing out from in­dus­try what the mar­ket for these prod­ucts (pace­mak­ers and small lights) are and the path to im­ple­men­ta­tion.’’

De­spite Mr Bar­wick say­ing it was hard to tell how much power the fish scales could pro­duce, he said it wasn’t go­ing to rev­o­lu­tionise the power grid.

‘‘It’s re­ally hard to say (what else they could power) but it’s safe to say we are never go­ing to see fish scales pow­er­ing our ma­jor cap­i­tal cities.’’ ■ For more in­for­ma­tion on this com­po­nent or the whole carp con­trol pro­gram, visit: www.carp.gov.au

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