Seaweed Farm Test Module
Ecofys is investigating the possibilities of seaweed cultivation, suitable for integration into an offshore wind farm. The project is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (min. EL&I) in a SBIR (small business innovation research) call on seaweed cultivation organised by NL-Agency. Together with several partners, Ecofys started an applied R&D project on the topic in April 2011 to create a test module for seaweed cultivation and test it in an offshore worthy environment. The project will end in June 2013.
The selected location for the test module is a former sand mining area 10 km west of the coast of the island of Texel in the Northern part of the Netherlands. The permit for the testing is in place, the design has been finalized and the construction has started. After successful installation of the test module in this location on 1 March 2012 the operational phase of the project has begun. During this phase, which will last a year, Ecofys will actively monitor the growth conditions of the seaweed as well as the behaviour of the test module in offshore conditions.