Our focus on research and innovation has enabled us to develop world-class cultivation methods, making us a pioneer in our industry. Working with other experts in the field, we continually strive to find new ways to improve the way we cultivate and process our seaweed in order to improve people’s wellbeing and to make a unique contribution to our blue planet.
MACRO CASCADE will prove the concept of the cascading marine macroalgal biorefinery. This is a production platform that covers the whole technological chain for processing sustainable cultivated macroalgae biomass – also known as seaweed – to highly processed value added products.
The goal of the project MACRO TEX is to study the feasibility of “Blue Fashion” using seaweed cultivated and harvested in the North Atlantic and process it into seaweed fibres, that can be used in knitted and woven fabrics.
MacroSystems will use disruptive techniques to make macroalgae cultivation a commercially attractive business investment on a near-term basis – in this case less than 3 years! The main innovation components are to: use selective breeding to increase harvesting yield, and apply ground-breaking direct seeding on specially designed substrates to save time, energy and money in the hatchery phase.
MACROPRO will address these challenges and come up with concrete solutions for improving the primary processing of the biomass through state of the art data collection and analysis, method development for storing and extraction processes, and market tests together with commercial end-users.
MACROPRO will also interact with the secondary processing and related product innovation within the pre- and pro-biotic food and feed market and utilise the liquid side stream product from the storage stabling process for the organic fruit and vegetable fertilizer market.
The MAB4 project focus on cultivating seaweed on a large scale and using it for food and skin products.
While running out of farmland, new opportunities show up for growing sea-crops in the oceans. Many seaweed species are highly nutritious and rich in bioactive substances, those can serve as ingredients for food and cosmetics.
The purpose of MACRO BIOTECH is to continue development - and prove the technical and commercial viability - of a concept for macroalgae cultivation in the open ocean. Cultivation is here used in the broadest sense and encompasses seeding, cultivation, harvesting and bio-refining. The project aims to continue developing efficient methods for these activities, including harvesting methods to achieve storage stability of the resulting produce.
There is an increasing demand for new sustainable marine sources for products within food, feed, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and the energy sector. The European seaweed – or macroalgae - industry relies on wild harvest and growth is limited by ecological sustainability considerations. But large scale macroalgae cultivation can satisfy this demand. However, macroalgae cultivation needs increased knowledge and understanding of seasonal variation of growth rates and biological content development. This lack of knowledge is one of the main obstacle in making large scale production of macroalgae economically feasible. In addition there is a need to develop cost effective and energy efficient methods for ensuring a storage stability.