Zeewier uit de Noordzee: North-Sea-Weed-Chain Sustainable seaweed from the North Sea; an exploration of the value chain
Seaweed is seen as one of the most promising aquaculture crops of the future, yielding products ranging from human food, animal feed, cosmetics, bioplastics and fuel. The cultivation of seaweed in increasingly busy coastal waters poses many challenges.
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In this project five applied research institutes, ECN, TNO, WUR-DLO, Marin and Deltares, worked closely together to assess a seaweed value chain, covering issues relating to engineering for offshore cultivation, growth of seaweed and carrying capacity of locations, extraction of carbohydrates and proteins as well as the economic costs and benefits of production. This required a multi-disciplinary approach to tackle various critical hurdles in developing an economically viable seaweed industry.