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ADVANCED TEXTILES FOR OPEN SEA BIOMASS CULTIVATION

Objective

AT~SEA is a 3-year European project within FP7 (NMP work programme). The project aims at the development of advanced technical textiles in order to demonstrate the technical and economical feasibility of open sea cultivation of macroalgae (seaweed).
The project targets the development of novel textile materials for 3 different elements of the aquatic biomass cultivation farms:
• Advanced 3D multilayer textile substrates for seaweed cultivation
• Advanced textile based cables and connections for positioning and anchoring of the 3D multilayer textile substrate
• Advanced coated textiles for flexible and light-weight floatation tubes, as well as for storage and transportation tanks
By reaching these goals, AT~SEA targets at the development of innovative offshore textile products. Further, it wants to stimulate bio-energy production from seaweed by enabling open sea large scale cultivation and harvesting.
The choice for macroalgae based aquatic biomass cultivation in AT~SEA is based on the following reasoning: 1) 70% of the earth’s surface is ocean, thus there is a huge potential for biomass growth, 2) macroalgae grow much faster than conventional crops on land, 3) by producing the biomass at sea we avoid the discussions about land food crops being used as fuel/energy source. This is the so-called food-energy nexus.
It is an important challenge as today the total worldwide energy consumption is ca. 480 exajoules (EJ, 480 × E18 J). Approximately 90% is derived from the combustion of fossil fuels. Fossil fuels, i.e. coal, oil and natural gas, are limited in supply and will one day be depleted. As a result the quest for renewable energies started decades ago. These are energies generated from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, tides, etc. but also from industrial or urban waste and biomass. Induced by numerous studies and energy conferences, the 27 member states of the EU decided in 2007 that 20% of our energy should come from renewable sources by 2020 (Lisbon Treaty). Biomass energy, being the oldest source of renewable energy, is generally acknowledged as one of the most promising. The technology is based on converting biomass material (plants and animal waste) into energy (i.e. heat, electricity and/or chemicals, like methane gas, butanol, etc.).
The project consortium is well-balanced and consists of 11 partners from 8 countries (6 SME’s, 4 RTD’s and 1 LE). In order to facilitate a successful project, the consortium covers a broad range of required competences, i.e. textiles, biology and biotechnology, offshore engineering, and renewable energy. Since the focus is on the development of textiles, 6 out of 11 partners stem from the textile sector.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/textiles
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant breeding/crops
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2011-SME-5
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

SIOEN INDUSTRIES NV
Address
Fabriekstraat 23
8850 Ardooie
Belgium
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 412 125
Administrative Contact
Bert Groenendaal (Dr.)

Participants (10)

DEVAN-MICROPOLIS S.A.
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 266 784
Address
Rua Eng Frederico Ulr 2650
4470 605 Maia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laurence Flamand (Ms.)
HORTIMARE BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 428 520
Address
Esther De Boer Van Rijkpark 20
1705 LN Heerhugowaard
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Job Schipper (Mr.)
OCEANFUEL LTD
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 251 334
Address
Mausrevagh Kilcoona
Headford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stefan Kraan (Mr.)
EUROFILET SARL
Morocco
EU contribution
€ 198 480
Address
Ilot 23 Lot 1 Tfz
90 000 Tanger
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
René Munier (Mr.)
STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 417 964
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1755 LE Petten
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sandra Wagenaar (Ms.)
CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE & TECHNIQUE DEL'INDUSTRIE TEXTILE BELGE ASBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 464 000
Address
Rue Montoyer 24/2
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Guy Buyle (Dr.)
THE SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINESCIENCE LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 644
Address
Scottish Marine Institute
PA37 1QA Dunbeg Oban
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stanley Michele (Dr.)
SINTEF OCEAN AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 356 862
Address
Otto Nielsens Veg 10
7052 Trondheim
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Halvor Lie (Mr.)
BEXCO NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 215 680
Address
Industriepark Zwaarveld 25
9220 Hamme
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Chris De Schepper (Mr.)
TECNOLOGIA REDERA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 114 400
Address
Calle San Isidro
03350 Cox Alicante
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carmelo Pamies Santacruz (Mr.)