The 3rd AlgaeWorld Europe recently caught up with invited speaker Dr Stefan Kraan, Scientific Director and co-founder, Ocean Harvest Technology Ltd., for some of his views on the state of Algae commercialization in Europe.
Specifically, he shared on large-scale seaweed (macroalgae) aquaculture and bio-ethanol production. Said Dr Kraan:
“… recent growth in green technologies has changed the political and scientific arena and seaweed aquaculture is starting to become a mainstream activity for value added ingredients and potentially bioethanol production.
The global demand for biofuels continues unabated. Driven by high prices, rising concerns over environmental pollution and global warming, and the movement to alternate fuels, the world bioethanol market is projected to reach 126 billion litres per annum by the year 2012.
However, the demand for bioethanol needs to be balanced by the problems associated with the supply of the raw material feedstock.”
At 3rd AlgaeWorld Europe Dr Kraan will examine seaweed cultivation technologies available and economic aspects of using brown seaweeds for bio-ethanol production, as well as feasibility of biofuel production from seaweed and direction European seaweed aquaculture should advance towards for success.