Project Partners

CENTEXBEL is the Belgian scientific and technical centre for the textile industry, located in the heart of the Belgian textile industry with strong links to the majority of the textile companies. CTB offers a complete range of standardised testing, it is a notified body for protective clothing, and can deliver CE marking and testing. CTB is also involved in standardisation committees and offers technological advice and training to companies in Belgium or abroad. In the SeaRefinery project, CTB is involved in specifically functionalising substrates for optimal seaweed growth and evaluating the applicability of seaweed derived compounds in textiles and textile finishing and coating. Within the AT~SEA project, CTB gained expertise in which textile substrates and coatings are suitable for seaweed growth. Centexbel has gained the past years unique knowledge on the growth of juvenile seaweed on textile substrates.
Hortimare is a private company founded in 2008 and produces juvenile seaweeds supplying the seaweed production sector in NW Europe with selected and breeded, high quality starting material. They actively run a breeding program in kelp species and have a gene-bank of European derived kelps. Hortimare’s expertise in propagation is currently used in the selection and breeding of varieties with higher contents of proteins and other compounds of interest. They have the (bio)technology for an effective and fast route to improve the current used wildtype seaweed towards varieties and will bring in this expertise into the SeaRefinery project. Hortimare's expertise extends also to ecological effects and impact of seaweed fields in fjords and open sea ecosystems. They study the effects of seaweed fields in close connection to fish farms in the Norwegian fjords and the positive impact of seaweed on eutrophication and biodiversity. Furthermore economical affordable seaweed cultivation systems are designed and tested at large scale to be applied either in protected fjords or exposed offshore conditions. The complete process from planting to harvesting and temporary storage of the harvested seaweeds is covered by the expertise of Hortimare. In the Searefinery project Hortimare will bring its expertise in seaweed cultivation and harvesting, conditioning and storage of seaweed. Furtheron Hortimare is involved in the study of the seasonal variation of seaweed.
ViVoX ApS was founded in 1997 in order to make R&D, concerning apparatus and methods for correct cell culturing in compliance with EU´s and FDA´s cell and tissue directives. ViVoX ApS has invented and patented an apparatus and tool for maintaining correct partial gas tensions when handling growing and analyzing cells. The invention has been based upon the fact that pO2 concentrations are considerably lowered in vivo compared to the atmospheric pO2, depending on the tissue or cell population in question. Some mammalian cells, such as stem cells and immune cells, (T and B cells) need almost anoxic environment for their maintenance. This in contrast to that cell and tissue cultures in the laboratory are usually performed at atmospheric pO2 concentration (20-21kPa). Within the SeaRefinery project, ViVoX ApS is looking to develop new methods and apparatus for performing operations by use of high value marine derived products with a potential for commercialisation within the field of pharmaceuticals.
CyberColloids Ltd. is a private R&D company, based in Ireland. CyberColloids are experts in hydrocolloid and polysaccharide chemistry. We routinely engage in research activities aimed at developing novel processing methodologies, new ingredients and innovative applications for downstream materials and new or underutilised wholefood biomass resources that are derived from plants and seaweed. The company has been working with seaweed and seaweed derived ingredients for many years at a global scale. The combined experience within the CyberColloids team spans the entire seaweed value chain and encompasses: a fundamental knowledge of seaweed biology and ecology; farming of carrageenophyte seaweeds; technical and operational support for seaweed processing activities; expertise in the seaweed derived hydrocolloids industries; development of innovative processing and extraction techniques for value added markets. We have successfully participated in a number of EU and nationally research projects in recent years that have explored the nutritional and health potential of seaweeds (see our website for details of these). CyberColloids brings all of this experience together in the SeaRefinery project where we will take a role in developing new process methodologies within the multi-stream biorefinery and also evaluate potential new seaweed ingredients for use in food products.
Marinox is an innovation company specializing in the extraction of bioactive compounds from marine algae. Marinox is built on several years of extensive research on bioactive compounds in seaweed. Marinox has developed a mild and solvent free method to isolate and produce the bioactive ingredients of this unique Icelandic resource and thereby ensure maximum activity of the products. Marinox is developing a range of different seaweed extracts and compounds extracted from seaweeds to be used as functional ingredients in foods, cosmetics or as dietary supplements. Marinox extract is currently being manufactured on a regular basis for use in the UNA skincare™ line of cosmetics ( and is currently undergoing product development for various other products. Marinox is currently coordinator of the Eurostar project, NUTRIS, were the aim is to develop nutraceuticals from Icelandic brown seaweed. Marinox has coordinated and participated in a number of Icelandic and Nordic projects and was a partner in the FP7 project EnRichMar (2014-2016). In the SeaRefinery project, Marinox will act as task leader in WP2, focusing on extraction of antioxidants and fucoidan, and as leader of WP3, testing and formulation of final products.
Cork Institute of Technology is recognised and respected as a progressive educational institution of international standing. The Institute offers a wide ranging programme in biomedical and pharmaceutical biotechnology research, covering the areas of analytical and diagnostic microbiology, food & healthcare microbiology and medical and pharmaceutical microbiology. CIT is noted for the strength of its relationships with industry and the applied nature of its courses and research programmes. A key component of CIT's work is servicing industry both through the supply of graduates and through research. CIT facilities host state of the art laboratories and equipment that will be accessed for the SeaRefinery Project. CIT will be responsible for the assessment of the potential for the bioactive rich seaweed fractions to promote anti-oxidant and anti-microbial activity in model functional foods, with direct implications for improving the microbial stability and shelf life of food products. This activity will complement the behavioural and functionality studies being carried out by partner CyberColloids and thus provide a more detailed understanding of the potential impact of new seaweed derived ingredients on the quality and safety attributes of new functional foods.
SIOEN Industries NV is a diversified stock quoted group with an extensive portfolio of products and activities: spinning, weaving and coating, manufacturing of protective clothing, production of fine chemicals and processing of technical textiles. As one of the world’s leading technical textile companies SIOEN is familiar with the maritime market, being a producer of oil boom materials, high quality protective clothing (e.g. floatation vests) for marine and offshore services, high tenacity multifilament polyester yarns for offshore cables, coated textiles for inflatable boats and several other products. SIOEN Industries is coordinator of the FP7 project AT~SEA (2012-2015) targeting the development of advanced textiles for different aspects of seaweed cultivation (i.e. cultivation substrates, mooring, textile buoys, seaweed storage bags). As such, SIOEN is highly familiar with cultivation aspects of seaweed species, harvesting, and storage. Furthermore SIOEN has direct access to an extensive network of industries and research institutes in the areas of seaweed cultivation and conversion, and in the chemical and materials industries.
Danish Technological Institute is a not-for-profit institute approved by the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. The Institute supports research, technological development and innovation in small and medium-sized interprises. DTI is part of the AlgeCenter Denmark, and DTI’s Biomass and Biorefinery Centre is specialized in handling and treatment of land biomass residues and seaweed. In this SeaRefinery project, DTI is the project coordinator and is mainly involved in the tasks of developing the integrated biorefinery process for the best potential utilization of seaweed biomass in accordance with seasonal variations of biomass and extraction methods. DTI will get involved in biomass composition analysis, mechanical and enzymatic pre-treatment of biomass, extraction, separation and purification of biomolecules such as laminarin, antioxidants and protein.