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QualiSea - Enhancing and controlling the quality of cultivated seaweeds for large-scale production

Project consortium

Partners: SINTEF Industry (NO, coordinator), Anteo AS (NO) , Tallinn University (Estland), School of Natural Sciences and Health (Estland),  Seaweed Energy Solutions AS (NO),  Nutrition Sciences NV (Belgium), University of Iceland (Iceland), Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition (Iceland).

Inga Marie Aasen, Senior Scientist, SINTEF

SINTEF is represented by the Department of Biotechnology and Nanomedicine (BTN), with Senior Scientist Inga Marie Aasen as project manager and research manager Øystein Arlov.

Of relevance for QualiSea, SINTEF BTN holds specific competence on bioprocess engineering, biomass processing, microbiology, and microbial biotechnology. Utilization of marine biomasses, particularly macroalgae, is a core expertise at SINTEF, covering the value chain from harvest to industrial product development.

Øystein Arlov, Senior Researcher, SINTEF

The department currently has several ongoing national and international projects on applications of seaweed for food, feed and new materials. SINTEF is coordinating the QualiSea project and is responsible for the development of acid preservation methods and studies of the biomass stability, quality changes during storage, and the impact of the preservation method.

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Maren Sæther, Processing and quality Mangager, Seaweed Solutions (SES)

Seaweed Solutions (SES) cultivates sugar kelp (Saccharina latissima) and winged kelp (Alaria esculenta) outside Frøya in Norway, and is one of the largest seaweed cultivators in Europe.

We currently focus on B2B delivery of high-quality seaweed to the food and feed industry, while at the same time working on establishing new products and applications, including bio-based packaging made from cultivated seaweed. SES is in the QualiSea project represented by Processing and quality Manager Maren Sæther. SES is mainly responsible for cultivation, harvest and processing of the seaweed biomass. The focus is on studying the effects of storage conditions on the food and feed quality of the biomass, evaluate on-site sensor and tracking technology in daily operations, and perform pre-treatment experiments.



Dr. Geert Bruggeman, Head of R&D , Nutrition Sciences

Nutrition Sciences is a Belgian private company and is well known for its R&D activities in animal production and spends much attention to the introduction of new feed ingredients, concepts, services and technologies in animal livestock production for its customers.

The company's focus today is developing concepts and services for reduction of dependency for antibiotics in livestock production. Nutriton Sciences is represented by Head of R&D Dr. Geert Bruggeman, who has a profound experience in animal health and sustainable livestock production. In the QualiSea project, Nutrition Sciences will evaluate the nutritional as well as functional potential of algae and their derivatives in animal feed formulations. Their potential to reduce the dependency of antimicrobials for maintaining livestock health will be screened.



Winnie Dejonghe, Project Leader, VITO

VITO is represented by the department of Separation and Conversion Technology (SCT) and by project leader Winnie Dejonghe and researcher Pieter Jan Kerstens. SCT is strongly active in bioprocess development, optimization and intensification. Its PROBIO team has experience in design and operation of biocatalytic processes, including fermentative and enzymatic processes.

VITO’s PROBIO team will investigate the biological ensilage of the brown algae as a preservation technique. The effect of different microbial inocula on the ensilage of the algae but also the production of compounds that are beneficial to the health of animals will be studied, along with taste.

Pieter Jan Kerstens, Researcher, VITO

VITO’s MooV team will investigate the optimal supply chain configuration for the current situation as well as for potential future pathways while taking into account all relevant constraints related to e.g., quality control, processing steps and timing.

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Sverre Marvik, CEO, Anteo

Anteo is a leading software supplier for the aquaculture and other maritime industries, represented with Sverre Marvik (CEO) and Peder Refsnes (CTO). Anteo fucuses on decision making systems that contribute to efficient and accurate communication and reduced environmental footprint.

The company develops realtime solutions to track maritime vessels and monitor and alert breach of biosecurity principles, logistical tools for transportation of biomass, sensor technology for aquaculture farms, and data collection and storage systems. In QualiSea, Anteo will develop and implement new digital solutions for logistics planning and biomass tracking to support the present as well as the future upscaled seaweed cultivation industry.

This includes deployment of sensors for tracking of environmental conditions during harvesting and the biomass transport conditions, as well as logistics planning tools.



Rando Tuvikene, Professor, Tallinn University (TLU)

Tallinn University (TLU) is represented by Prof. Rando Tuvikene, whose group is focused on valorisation of marine biomasses and structure-property relations of hydrocolloids. TLU holds expertise in chemical analysis, fractionation, purification and characterization of algal polysaccharides.

In QualiSea, TLU is conducting studies related to characterization and quantification of the key constituents of seaweed biomasses (e.g. polysaccharides) from different steps of processing chain, specifically changes occurring during storage, focussed on structural changes in the algal polysaccharides. TLU will also conduct spectroscopy analyses and develops techniques for rapid quality assessment of seaweed biomasses.



María Guðjónsdóttir, Professor, University of Iceland

The Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Iceland holds diverse expertise in food science, food chemistry, food processing, product development, innovation, nutrition, and the environmental impact of food processing and sustainable healthy diets.

Professor María Guðjónsdóttir is a professor in food science and the Dean at the University of Iceland, Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition, specializing in food processing and food quality monitoring by non-destructive spectroscopic methods, such as NMR, NIR, and multispectral analysis.

UoI are involved in several WPs in the QualiSea project, and provide expertise of spectroscopic (NIR, NMR, hyperspectral imaging) and traditional physicochemical and sensory seaweed quality monitoring, experience of processing effects and innovative product development from the seaweed biomass.