The purpose of MacroBiotech is to continue development - and prove the technical and commercial viability - of a concept for macroalgae cultivation in the open ocean. Cultivation is here used in the broadest sense and encompasses seeding, cultivation, harvesting and bio-refining. The project aims to continue developing efficient methods for these activities, including harvesting methods to achieve storage stability of the resulting produce.
In addition the project aims to analyse bioactive compounds with respect to how the produced biomass can then be utilized as raw materials in food production (carrageenan, alginate), energy production (bioethanol, biogas), and other industrial ventures (iodine production, fish feed etc.).