Seaweed Energy Solutions AS (SES), a Norwegian based company, built on the development of large-scale offshore cultivation of seaweed and conversion of the same into Biogas and Bioethanol.
Seaweed Energy Solutions has patented the first ever modern structure, ‘the Seaweed Carrier’, a breakthrough compared to previous cultivation methods. The Seaweed Carrier, a sheet-like structure basically copies a very large seaweed plant, moving freely back and forth through the sea from a single mooring on the ocean floor. The Seaweed Carrier will allow seaweed cultivation to become a possibility in deeper and more exposed waters, opening the way for large scale production that is necessary to make seaweed a viable source of energy. The Seaweed Carrier is expected to explore the full potential of the seaweeds to be used as a renewable source of energy.
Seaweed Energy Solutions uses bio-conversion technology to convert biomass into fuel. The carbohydrate content present in the brown seaweeds like mannitol, laminarin and alginate are converted to Biogas and Bioethanol. SES is currently running several research and development projects to develop more efficient conversion processes for both biogas and bioethanol.
Seaweed Energy Solutions aims to get commercialised through more funds, to mention one from The Research Council of Norway for their ongoing research projects. Patent applications have been filed and future development with existing and new partners are expected to result in compelling competitive energy solutions.
About Potential of Macroalgae as a Biofuel Feedstock
Macroalgae or seaweeds represent a diverse group of eukaryotic, photosynthetic marine organisms. Unlike microalgae, which are unicellular, the macroalgal species are multicellular and possess plant-like characteristics. These photosynthetic organisms abundant in oceans and coastal waters. They are a potent biofuel feedstock, they have high amounts of carbohydrates (that can be… - view more