A new Norwegian Bioeconomy based on Cultivation and Processing of Seaweeds: Opportunities and R&D needs

Authors: Skjermo Jorunn; Aasen Inga Marie; Arff Johanne; Broch Ole Jacob; Carvajal Ana Karina; Christie Hartvig C; Forbord Silje; Olsen Yngvar; Reitan Kjell Inge; Rustad Turid; Sandquist Judit; Solbakken Roar; Steinhovden Kristine; Wittgens Bernd; Wolff Robert; Handå Aleksander

Publisher: SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture

Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internasjonal ; ; SINTEF Ocean

Terms of Re-use: CC-BY-NC-ND
Content Provider: SINTEF (Stiftelsen for industriell og teknisk forskning - BIBSYS Brage)

Cultivation of macroalgae at the lowest trophic level, using only sunlight and nutrients from the sea while taking up CO:z, will have a neutral carbon footprint and the biomass will contribute significantly to meet the demand for food, feed, materials, chemicals, fuels and pharmaceuticals in near future. Through a new bioeconomy based on cultivated macroalgae Norway will establish a future feedstock bypassing the competition with land­based agricultural resources and at the same time contribute to the replacement of fossil resources. This blue bioeconomy will strenghten Norway's role as the leading seafood nation as well as a leading supplier of marine, sustainable biomass. In order to boost a new bioeconomy based on cultivated macroalgae, three priority areas must be focused:
•Biomass production technology
•Biorefinery prosesses
•Marked and product development

Illustration Photo: Seaweeds (Public Domain from Pixabay.com)

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