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KELP-EU

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Name of the project: KELP-EU 

Funding beneficiaries: Oceanium Ltd 

Location: Scotland 

Website: oceanium.world 

Social media: LinkedIn

Duration: 18 months 

EU contribution: 2.1m Euro 

Grant number: GA101038311 – EMFF-BEW-2020

The KELP-EU project addresses two fundamental problems facing our world today which have impacts on people health and planet health:

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1. High demand for healthy, nutritious food in the face of food security challenges

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2. The need to transition to using circular materials that move away from carbon and resource intensive products

WHY DOES THIS PROJECT MATTER?

By supporting the development of a sustainable seaweed industry in Europe, this project highlights how there are viable systemic solutions for the restoration of our oceans, the wellbeing of global citizens through improved diets and livelihoods and the mitigation of climate change at a moment when change is necessary.  

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR EUROPE?

According to estimates from Seaweed for Europe, a scaled up European seaweed industry could create 115,000 new jobs by 2030. This could create alternative jobs for EU member citizens in coastal communities as well as jobs at all skills levels from research and development, hatchery services, logistics and farming. It can also offer income diversification for existing citizens in the aquaculture sector. 

KEY OBJECTIVES

There are key objectives for each work package:

 

WP1. Project Management

Work package objectives:

  • Ensure that KELP-EU meets technical quality, time, and cost requirements
  • Report to EMFF
  • Identify and manage risks, and manage budgets

 

WP2. Development of Sustainably Farmed Seaweed Supply Chain

Work package objectives:

  • Conduct seaweed supply analysis
  • Assess all year supply potential

 

WP3. Scale-up of Seaweed Processing and Demonstrator Biorefinery Site Identification and Design

Work package objectives:

  • Process 150 tonnes of sustainably farmed European seaweed
  • Develop and implement comprehensive quality management systems
  • Choose optimal location for first Oceanium biorefinery site

 

WP4. Development of Seaweed Products

Work package objectives:

  • Develop food ingredients products
  • Develop nutraceuticals products
  • Conduct life cycle assessments

 

WP5. Dissemination and Exploitation

Work package objectives:

  • Disseminate non-commercially sensitive project information
  • Develop IP portfolio
  • Develop and implement commercialisation strategy, including marketing, sales, communication and PR strategies
  • Launch products

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