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Green energy from the sea

Norway has Europe's largest population of kelp. An estimate is 50 million tonnes. Kelp has very good growing conditions along our cold coast. Energy demand in the world is expected to increase by 100 percent. If the kelp can be a source of sustainable bioenergy, then Norway should be well placed to be the host for such an industry, said Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs Lisbeth Berg-Hansen when she opened the seminar: Kelp - green energy from the sea?

The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs gathered management, business interests and scientists at the seminar to discuss further opportunities for the industrial cultivation of seaweed.

–It is important to promote increased relevance and knowledge about the subject so that we can better assess whether this is an relevant area development. for further Norway should have a special prerequisite to achieve success in this field. We already have strong expertise and technological environments in areas such as aquaculture and offshore, said Berg-Hansen.

–Kelp is an important key species in our marine ecosystem. For this reason, I can not see that we will reap considerably more of our wild resources. This means that seaweed produced for bioenergy must be industrially cultivated. Production capacity of seaweed is very high compared with most land plants. Kelp is thus the most efficient species to bind carbon. This is interesting from a sustainability and climate change perspective, said the Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs.

Published 20 October 2011

Porject duration:

01/01/2010 - 31/12/2012

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