Research and development has always been an important focus for us. Since 2009 we have participated in a wide range of national and international projects, on all stages of seaweed cultivation: from hatchery techniques, to environmental monitoring, storage, processing and market research. Please contact us for potential collaborations.

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Ongoing Projects

MoniTare: Autonomous underwater monitoring of kelp-farm biomass, growth, health and biofouling using optical sensors

Objective: to use autonomous techniques, such as the underwater hyperspectral imaging in a remotely operated vehicle, as a ‘proof of concept’ to estimate macroalgal biomass and growth at a kelp farm

Project period: 2021-2025

Sum awarded and source of funding: NOK 7.2 million, The Research Council of Norway

Project Coordinator: NTNU AMOS

Project Partners: Seaweed Solutions AS (supplier of study site and R&D services), University of Southampton

More information: https://seaweedsolutions.com/n...

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SølKelp: North-South Seaweed Cultivation Partnership


Objective: To develop and implement innovative cultivation strategies with mutual relevance for both geographical limits (Portugal and Norway).

Project period: 2020-2023

Sum awarded and source of funding: EUR 495 000, Iceland Liechtenstein and Norway Grant (EEA).

Project Coordinator: ALGAplus

Project Partners: Seaweed Solutions AS, IH (Portuguese Hydrographic Institute), Ciimar, in2sea.

More information: https://www.solkelp.net/

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OptiAlgae: Optimal processing of macro- algae as a new sustainable food ingredient

Objective: to develop new seaweed-based ingredients for 'every-day' foods, where the technological, sensory and nutritional characteristics of the seaweed are utilised, and corresponding processing methods optimized for different product groups

Project period: 2021-2023

Sum awarded and source of funding: NOK 6 million, The Research Council of Norway.

Project Coordinator: Orkla

Project Partners: Seaweed Solutions AS, Sintef Industry, NTNU

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PlastiSea: Novel enhanced bioplastics from sustainable processing of seaweed

Objective: to develop novel bioplastic materials based on cultivated and wild species of brown algae

Project period: 2020-2023

Sum awarded and source of funding: 19 projects funded with a total budget of €25 million. financed through the first call of the ERA-BlueBio Co-fund

Project Coordinator: SINTEF Industry

Project Partners: Seaweed Solutions AS, B'ZEOS AS, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Aalborg University, Aitiip Centro Tecnologico

More information: https://www.sintef.no/en/projects/plastisea-novel-enhanced-bioplastics-from-sustainable-processing-of-seaweed/

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SNAP: Seaweeds for Novel Applications and Products

Objective: to develop novel products and applications by upgrading and modifying polysaccharides from cultivated brown algae and wild harvested brown and red algae

Project period: 2020-2023

Sum awarded and source of funding: 19 projects funded with a total budget of €25 million. financed through the first call of the ERA-BlueBio Co-fund

Project Coordinator: SINTEF Industry

Project Partners: Seaweed Solutions AS, DuPont, Tallinn University, The Royal Institute of technology, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, SINTEF, University of Trieste, University of Bremen

More Information: https://www.sintef.no/en/projects/snap-seaweeds-for-novel-applications-and-products/

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Breed4Kelp2Feed: Breeding kelp for efficient and sustainable utilization of marine resources

Objective: to lay the groundwork for breeding sugar kelp, by breeding for growth, resistance against disease and favourable chemical composition

Project period: 2019-2021

Sum awarded and source of funding: NOK 7 million, The Research Council of Norway.(Large-Scale Program on Aquaculture Research (HAVBRUK))

Project Coordinator: Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

Project Partners: Seaweed Solutions AS, SINTEF Ocean, University of Los Lagos (Chile), The Scottish Association of Marine Sciences, Aquagen

More Information: https://www.nmbu.no/en/news/node/34858

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Macroalgae Initium

Objective: To increase knowledge about macroalgae among students and teachers in secondary schools

Project period: 2019-2021

Sum awarded and source of funding: 245 234 EUR, Erasmus+

Project Coordinator: Val Videregående Skole AS

Project Partners: Seaweed Solutions AS, Bromangymnasiet, Steinkjer Videregående Skole, Nord Universitet, Ytre Namdal Upper Secondary School, Kunnskapssenteret i Gildeskål, Aarhus Universitet, Kattegatcentrets Driftsfond, Guri Kunna Videregående Skole, Irish Seaweed Consultancy

More Information: https://algenett.no/hjem/?Arti...

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SeaBest: Launching first large-scale organic seaweed-to-food cultivation and processing in EU

Objective: To demonstrate seaweed cultivation technology on a large scale and increase investment in the food market

Project period: 2019-2021

Sum awarded and source of funding: 1.6 million EUR, EU Horizon 2020 SME Instrument (Phase 2)

Project Coordinator: Seaweed Solutions AS

More Information: https://cordis.europa.eu/proje...

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ISBIT 2.0: Optimization of treatment methods using refrigerated and freezer storage to increase the shelf life of sugar kelp

Objective: To define optimal conditions under freezing and cooling to stabilize quality and biomass of sugar kelp during commercial production

Project period: 2018 – 2021

Sum awarded and source of funding: NOK 1.5 million, RFF Midt-Norge

Project Coordinator: Møreforsking Ålesund AS

Project Partners: Seaweed Solutions AS , SINTEF Ocean, Tango Seaweed, Ocean Forest and Frigocare Ålesund AS, Tafjord Kraftvarme AS, Teknotherm Marine AS, Rcontainer AS

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ProSeaFood: Innovative processing of seaweed for novel, healthy food products and ingredients

Objective: To apply advanced processing methods to increase the digestibility and nutrient availability of brown seaweeds

Project period: 2018-2021

Sum awarded and source of funding: 1.134 million EUR, EU Horizon 2020 SUSFOOD2 ERA-NET CO-FUND

Project Coordinator: SINTEF Industry

Project Partners: Seaweed Solutions AS, Lund University, Matís, DPL and Eurocastell S.A.T.

More Information: https://www.sintef.no/projectweb/proseafood-innovative-processing-of-seaweed-for-novel-healthy-food-products-and-ingredients/

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Foods of Norway

Objective: To feed fish and farm animals using sustainable new ingredients

Project period: 2015-2022

Source of funding: The Research Council Norway

Project Coordinator: Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

Project Partners: 5 international academic partners and 18 partners in industry and innovation (SES in stakeholder panel)

More Information: https://www.foodsofnorway.net

Past Projects

2017-2020 (H2020 Blue Growth) GENIALG: GENetic diversity exploitation for Innovative macro-ALGal biorefinery
Partners: CNRS, SAMS, Seaweed Solutions AS, Algaplus, WUR, SINTEF, INEGI, Amadeite, Algaia, University of York, Lessonia, IOTA Pharmaceuticals, Biome, CIIMAR, NUIG, AquaTT, University of Aveiro, BDCL, C-Weed Aquaculture
Project Link: https://genialgproject.eu/

2017-2020 (RCN) Kelp industrial production: Potential impacts on coastal ecosystems (KELPPRO)
Partners: NIVA, SINTEF, NTNU, ApN, HI, SDU, Seaweed Solutions AS
Project Link: http://kelppro.net

2016-2019 (RCN) MACROSEA: A knowledge platform for industrial macroalgae cultivation
Partners: SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture, NTNU, UiO, UiB, UiT, APN, NIVA, IOCAS, SAMS, AaU, CU, NUIG, SBR, DTU, NIOZ, Seaweed Solutions AS, Hortimare, Seaweed AS, PE Reefs, Ocean Forest, Folla Alger, Biokraft, Austevoll Seaweed Farm
Project Link: https://www.sintef.no/projectweb/macrosea/

2014-2018 (RCN) BIOFEED - Novel salmon feed by integrated bioprocessing of non-food biomass
Partners: NMBU, Borregaard, Novozymes, SLU, SAMS (Seaweed Solutions AS in stakeholder panel)

2014-2016 (IN) Seaweed pilot farm, Norway
Partners: Seaweed Solutions AS

2014-2015 (TFK) Pilotstudie på bioernergi fra tare ("Tromsø project")
Partners: APN, UiT, Sjurelv, Lerøy Aurora AS, Seaweed Solutions AS

2013-2015 (RCN) Energix - "Seaweed Handling" (storage and pretreatment)
Partners: Seaweed Solutions AS, SINTEF Materials and Chemistry, Statoil

2011-2013 (RCN) SeaBreed – Industrial seedling production for large scale offshore cultivation process
Partners: Seaweed Solutions AS, SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture, NTNU, Winds Enterprises, Stolt Sea Farm, CIIMAR

2011-2013 (RCN) SeaweedTech – Development of technology for large scale seaweed cultivation
Partners: Seaweed Solutions AS, SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture, Aqualine, Stolt Sea Farm, CIIMAR, Winds Enterprises

2011-2013 (Eurostars) SeaweedStar – Development of offshore cultivation of seaweed
Partners: Seaweed Solutions AS, Aqualine, Stolt Sea Farm, CIIMAR, Winds Enterprises

2011 (RCN) Biodrivstoff og Biogass fra Tare – Biorefinery
Partners: SINTEF Materials and Chemistry, Seaweed Solutions AS

2010-2012 (RCN) MacroBiomass: A knowledge base for large scale cultivation of macroalgae biomass in Norway
Partners: SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture, NIVA, NTNU, UiO, UiB (Seaweed Solutions AS in stakeholder panel)

2009-2013 (RCN) From Biomass to Biogas – an integrated approach towards sustainable recovery of energy and nutrients
Partners: UMB (IKBM, IPM, IMT), Bioforsk, Cambi, Seaweed Solutions AS

2009-2010 (RCN) Ocean Biopower – Ethanol
Partners: Seaweed Solutions AS, SINTEF Materials and Chemistry, UMB

2009-2010 (RCN) Ocean Biopower – Farming seaweed for energy
Partners: Seaweed Solutions AS, SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture, NTNU

We are grateful to the funding agencies who have directly or indirectly supported us:

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