Renewable Matter # 09 / March-April

Turnkey Seaweed Farms

by Ilaria Nardello

Sioen Industries, specialist manufacturer of technical textiles, yarns and fabrics, has started up a seaweed farm test-bed in Norway. Joining forces with six other European partners – including Ocean Harvest (IE), Tecnored (ES), Devan Chemicals (BE), Hortimare (NL), Eurofilet (FR) and J2M (BE) – Sioen industries started growing 1 ha of seaweed in Solund (NO), to be harvested in May 2016, with a plan to quadruple the experimental cultivation in the season 2016-2017 and start selling turnkey seaweed farms under the name of “At-Sea Technologies”.

Joining up the thinking capacity of textile specialists, biologists and health & food seaweed application specialists, with the production capabilities and business experience of a major industry player, At-Sea Technologies holds a promise to be a market revelation for industrial-scale seaweed cultivation. Their patented substrates for seaweed cultivation already won Sioen Industries the...

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