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Characterisation of SeaMark products

This report is the first outcome from work package 8 (WP8) of the SeaMark project, titled ‘Conduct Techno-Economic and Socio-Economic Assessments’.

This report creates a critical foundation for the contribution of SeaMark WP8 to two overall specific objectives (SO) of the SeaMark project: SO9 on ‘identification of viable business cases and provision of feedback to WP3, WP4, WP5 and WP6’ and SO10 on ‘assessing the social, technical, environmental and economic viability of scaling up seaweed cultivation and biotransformation’.

This report characterises the production processes of the SeaMark products. It reports on the work conducted in task8.1 (T8.1) on ‘characterisation of SeaMark production processes’. This task entails mapping the key processes to produce twelve SeaMark products. Flow charts are presented for each product and its seaweed biomass. The visualisations detail the flow of raw materials and products, as well as the interaction, position, and function of critical supply chain actors. The characterisation has largely been based on expert interviews with key partners in the SeaMark supply chains. Where relevant, supplementary material has also been provided by other partners involved in the development of the products.

The report serves as the foundation for assessing SeaMark innovations on market potential (WP7), techno-economic and business analyses (WP8) and life cycle assessments (WP9) and policy recommendations (WP10).

‘Scaling-up innovative seaweed cultivation and processing into price competitive product applications making the entire supply chain attractive for commercial investments” is an ambitious endeavour, which requires innovations across the entire supply chain: in breeding and genetics to improve growth rates and desired composition of the seaweed, mechanical seeding and harvesting to reduce costs, to upscaling biorefinery processes using enzymatic and microbial processes to create novel products with potential applications within food, feed, packaging, nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals and medical devices. In addition to the innovation processes within production processes and product development, significant work will be done on market-related challenges to increase demand, and on the regulatory framework to remove barriers facing the industry.

Read the full publication here.

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