MacroFuels aims to produce advanced biofuels from seaweed or macro-algae. The targeted biofuels are ethanol, butanol, furanics and biogas. MacroFuels will develop technology for the production of fuels which are suitable as liquid fuels or precursor thereof for the heavy transport sector as well as potentially for the aviation sector.
Seabioplas aims to produce biodegradable bio-plastics from sustainably cultured seaweed. The current method of production of bioplastics, is based on natural resources such as corn, sugar and wheat. Using seaweed to produce PLA boasts a number of advantages, including less competition for food resources and reductions in freshwater use and CO2 production. The potential for the use of the seaweed residue by-products in animal feeds will also be evaluated.
MARIBE aims to unlock the potential of multi-use of space in the offshore economy (also referred to as the Blue Economy). This forms part of the long-term Blue Growth strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and mari-time sectors as a whole which is at the heart of the Integrated Maritime Policy, the EU Innovation Union, and the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable growth.
MAB3 is a four-year research project promoting biomass resources from the sea, namely algae. The overall goal is to contribute to solving the challenges with food and energy supply and find ways to exploite the sea instead of farm land. The project aim is to develop new technologies in laboratory and pilot scale that will lead to sustainable growth and subsequent conversion of two brown algae (Saccharina latissima and Laminaria digitata) into three energy carriers - bioethanol, biobutanol and biogas - and a high-protein fish feed supplemented with essential amino acids.
MAB4-project will breed and mature sea-farmed crops of seaweed by improved and new cultivation methods in Danish and Faroese waters. The goal is to establish seaweed cultivation as a Danish disciplin for providing seaweed biomass for the business sectors of food and feed ingredients, and cosmetics.
PROMAC will investigate seaweeds as novel raw materials for human food and domestic animal feed applications. Three different species of seaweed, all with significant potential for commercial cultivation in Norway as well as distinct raw material qualities, will be evaluated as alternative sources of proteins and energy in animal feed, and for their health benefits as human food. PROMAC also addresses the high energy requirements associated with processing of macroalgae as an aquatic raw material.
EnRichMar is aiming to increase the value of convenience food by adding functional ingredients, produced from underutilised marine based raw materials and by-products from fish processing, with confirmed bioavailability. The focus will be placed on ingredients such as powder of fish oil and seaweed extracts which may enhance positive health effects and stability, enhance flavour and consequently contribute to salt reduction of the products to meet market demand. The functional properties of the enriched products will be studied via dietary intervention.
AlgaeCenter Denmark is a consortium formed in 2011 under which a number of research projects operate. The purpose of AlgaeCenter Denmark is to find out how algae can be used as a new resource in a world where traditional resources are under pressure. A number of research projects serve to find out how algae can be used for sustainable energy, food, medicine and food ingredients.