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Using seaweed for the generation of sustainable energy


Queens University is a partner in the Seagas Project alongside lead partner CPI (The Centre for Process Innovation), The Crown Estate, Newcastle University, Cefas and SAMS

The SeaGas project is a three year, fully funded project (InnovateUK) to support the development of an AD process which would utilize farmed seaweed (Saccharina latissima), currently an undeveloped, non-food, sustainable resource in the UK. As a farmed resource, seaweed could potentially be used instead of land biomass to produce both bioenergy and a digestate suitable for use as fertiliser. Other advantages include that there is no requirement for either nutrients in the form of fertilisers or for fresh water for irrigation. A novel storage system for seaweed will be investigated to counter variability in seaweed production, and through that support continuous 12 month operation of an AD plant. The project is innovative in its provision of a scalable, industrial AD process for seaweed. A unique UK implementation plan will be developed, directed by environmental and socio-economic assessment and economic modelling, to facilitate uptake by AD end users and initiate the building of a viable supply chain for farming and storage of seaweed. It will be the platform for further exploitation of seaweed across other applications.

Contact Information

Queen's University Marine Laboratory (QML)
12-13 The Strand, Portaferry
Co. Down, Northern Ireland, BT22 1PF
Phone: +44 (0)28 427 28230

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