An economic model for offshore cultivation of macroalgae

Wim van Dijk, Jan Rinze van der Schoot, Maeve Edwards, Benoit Queguineur, Jennifer Champenois, Karen Mooney, Sara Barrento

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Algae biomass is considered as a potential non-fossil source of raw materials to produce fuel, feed, chemicals and materials. For this purpose microalgae as well as macroalgae can be used, and in this report we focus on the latter. More than 99% of the world production of aquatic plants is produced in Asia (FAO 2012, Table 1). From the remaining 1% about 4% is cultivated in Europe. Important European countries with commercial seaweed cultivation are Denmark, Ireland and France. Depending on their pigmentation seaweed species are commonly grouped in brown, red and green seaweeds.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSwansea
PublisherSwansea University
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • biobased economy
  • biomass
  • biofuels
  • algae
  • algae culture
  • oils
  • seaweeds
  • seaweed culture

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    van Dijk, W., van der Schoot, J. R., Edwards, M., Queguineur, B., Champenois, J., Mooney, K., & Barrento, S. (2015). An economic model for offshore cultivation of macroalgae. Swansea University.