Irish Companies to Co-locate Seaweed with Offshore Wind Farms

 Seagriculture EU 2024
Offshore Wind Farms

Simply Blue Group and Arctic Seaweed sign Memorandum of Understanding to explore co-locating seaweed among offshore wind farms.

Seaweed has recently started to gather interest in Europe as a crop that could replace resource intensive products like meat, plastic, fossil fuels or conventional fertilizers. With this momentum, Simply Blue Group and Arctic Seaweed have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will have them exploring solutions for co-locating seaweed farms among offshore wind farms. 

Headquartered in Cork, Ireland, Simply Blue Group is a leading blue economy developer with a focus on offshore renewable energy projects, energy parks, and low impact aquaculture projects. The company is looking to develop prototype seaweed farms, as a precursor to exploring larger scale solutions within offshore wind farms. This will require seeding and harvesting processes scaled to levels that allow for time critical and safe operations offshore.

With farms installed around Bergen, Ålesund, and Greenland, Arctic Seaweed is a Norwegian seaweed farming company that has developed a unique farming method that enables cost efficient, sustainable cultivation and harvesting of seaweed with minimal impact on the environment.

The partnership will employ technology from Arctic Seaweed, which offers a state-of-the-art production line from direct seeding to harvesting and processing. The system can be installed on offshore support vessels currently used within windfarms.

“At Simply Blue Group we are committed to working with the oceans to help tackle climate change and we believe large scale seaweed farming has an important role to play,” said Sam Roch Perks, Simply Blue Group Co-Founder and Group CEO. “In Europe, seaweed farming has not been developed to its full potential due to the small scale of the enterprises, the limited number of seaweed species, and traditional growing techniques. However, we recognize the potential for strong growth in seaweed production. We’re delighted to partner with Arctic Seaweed to help progress this opportunity.”

Kim Kristensen, CEO of Arctic Seaweed, said that from the start, Arctic Seaweed has focused on building a technology platform with the aim to industrialize seaweed cultivation, both from a hardware and an operational perspective. “This strategy enables us to cater specifically for offshore wind and seaweed farm integration in various locations around the world. With Simply Blue Group, we have found an excellent partner to explore the necessary steps into combining these promising technologies for a more sustainable future.”

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