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Norwegian Seaweed Technology Center

Norway has the opportunity to develop the macroalgae cultivation to a new, large industry. Industrial cultivation of macroalgae gives many opportunities within the production of bioenergy, food and health food, chemicals, and contributes to biological filtration, improvement of the conditions of the fjords and the soil.

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Norwegian Seaweed Technology Center aims to be a knowledge platform for technology development within industrial cultivation, harvesting, processing and application of seaweed in Norway. The center of competence has already connected several cooperation partners and aims to continue to develop national and international alliances and with this benefit the Norwegian industry and public sector.

Examples of applications of seaweed biomass:

  • 3rd generations bio-energy
  • Food
  • Feed
  • Hydrocolloids (alginates)
  • Source of minerals and bioactive substances
  • Recycling of excess nutrients from fish farms
  • Re-establishment of seaweed ecosystems


Key Factors

Project start



Report: A new Norwegian bioeconomy based on cultivation and processing of seaweeds: Opportunities and R&D needs (2014)


Handå, Aquaculture Europe 2014

Skjermo, Aquaculture Europe 2014

Skjermo, Marine Ingredients Conference 2013

Skjermo, Alg'n chem (EABA) 2014

Forbord, Seagriculture 2012

Skjermo, Algae Biomass Novel Food Workshop 2014

Scientific publications

  • Q.-V. Bach, Sillero, M.V., K.-Q. Tran, Skjermo, J. 2014. Fast hydrothermal liquefaction of a Norwegian macro-alga: Screening tests, Algal Res. (2014),
  • Kalogerakis N, Arff J, Banat IM, Broch OJ, Daffonchio D, Edvardsen T, Eguiraun H, Giuliano L, Handå A, Lopez-de-Ipiña K, Marigomez I, Martinez, I, Øie G, Rojo F, Skjermo J, Zanaroli G, Fava F. 2014. The Role of Environmental Biotechnology in Exploiting, Monitoring, Protecting, Preserving and Decontaminating the Marine Environment. New Biotechnology, doi: 10.1016/j.nbt.2014.03.007
  • Wang X, Andresen K, Handå A, Jensen B, Reitan KI, Olsen Y 2013. Chemical composition of feed, fish and faeces as input to mass balance estimation of biogeneic waste discharge from an Atlantic salmon farm with an evaluation of IMTA feasibility. Aquaculture Environment Interactions 4, 147-162.
  • Broch OJ, Ellingsen I, Forbord S, Wang X, Volent Z, Alver MO, Handå A, Andresen K, Slagstad D, Reita, KI, Olsen Y, Skjermo J. 2013. Modelling the cultivation and bioremediation potential of the kelp Saccharina latissima in close proximity to an exposed salmon farm in Norway. Aquaculture Environment Interactions 4, 187-206.
    Wang X, Broch OJ, Forbord S, Handå A, Reitan KI., Skjermo J, Vadstein O, Olsen Y. Assimilation of inorganic nutrients from salmon (Salmo salar) farming by the macroalgea (Saccharina latissima) in an exposed coastal environment: Implications for integrated multi-trophic aquaculture. Journal of Applied Phycology. 26, 1869-1878 DOI 10.1007/s10811-013-0230-1
  • Handå A, Forbord S, Wang X, Broch OJ, Dahle SW, Størseth TR, Reitan KI, Olsen Y, Skjermo J. 2013. Seasonal- and depth-dependent growth of cultivated kelp (Saccharina latissima) in close proximity to salmon (Salmo salar) aquaculture in Norway. Aquaculture 414-415, 191-201.
  • Broch OJ, Slagstad, D. 2012. Modelling seasonal growth and composition of the kelp Saccharina latissima. Journal of Applied Phycology, 24 (4), 759-776; DOI: 10.1007/s10811-011-9696-y
  • Forbord S, Skjermo J, Arff J, Handå A, Reitan KI, Bjerregaard R, Lüning K. 2012. Development of Saccharina latissima kelp hatcheries with year-round production of zoospores and juvenile sporophytes on culture ropes for kelp aquaculture. Journal of Applied Phycology, 24 (3), 393-399.