The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme managed by REA - Research Executive Agency, FP7/2007 - 2013 under Grant Agreement no. 606032


  • Partner Number1

  • nameDaithi O’Murchu Marine Research Station

  • Short NameDOMMRS

  • TypeRTD

  • CountryIreland

The DOMMRS has been in operation since 1991 originally as part of the Aquaculture and Development Centre (ADC), University College Cork. However, in late 2005 it was established as an independent research station with a hatchery and both commercial scale shellfish and finfish farms (60ha). It contains a fully equipped laboratory, both pump ashore and recirculation units, seawater filtration and treatment complex, freshwater and seawater storage silos, workshop and office. The hatchery itself contains conditioning broodstock tanks, larval rearing tanks, settlement tanks, nursery rearing tanks and three algal rearing rooms. Outside the building there are three systems in operation containing larger tanks (8m², 4m² and 1m²). In the sea we have a long-line system for seaweed cultivation with currently 200m and with a potential to expand to an area of 10ha. The station also has access to a workboat. Research at the station has focused on aquaculture husbandry, minimising waste in the aquaculture and fisheries production process, developing new products from waste and environmental monitoring. For the current project DOMMRS will be operating as both an SME and RTD. It hopes to benefit from the investigations into the feasibility of using seaweed as a feedstock for the generation of biodegradable plastics.


  • Partner Number2

  • name Algaplus Producao e Comercializacao De Algas e Seus Derivados LDA

  • Short NameALGAPLUS

  • TypeSME

  • CountryPortugal

ALGAplus, produção e comercialização de algas e seus derivados Lda. is a private Portuguese company founded in  2011, currently with 4 full-time employees. ALGAplus’ strategy is to combine the cultivation of seaweed with animal aquaculture, taking advantages of the nutrients (C, N and P) released in those systems to produce a larger quantity and higher quality of seaweed (IMTA system). The company works to adjust the quantity and quality of seaweed produced to the market sought. They adapt the cultivation conditions in order to produce customised biomass for the seaweed processing industries. A strong R&D component in maintained in order to optimise processes and develop new products. Infra-structures include: a) laboratory with a temperature controlled room, laminar-flow, ovens, autoclave, distilled water production; b) land-based cultivation system with PET tanks (several capacities); c) cultivation system in earthen-ponds (each with approx. 3000 m²) with water renewal connected to the tidal cycle. Current activities are focused on Gracilaria, Chondrus and Ulva species which are used in ALGAplus own products or sold (whole/milled) to other stakeholders. The company is currently developing cultivation methodologies for Porphyra species and Bifurcaria bifurcata. 


  • Partner Number3

  • name Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek

  • Short NameDLO

  • TypeRTD

  • CountryNetherlands

DLO-FBR, part of Wageningen University and Research Centre, executes strategic and applied-scientific research for the industries and national and international authorities. Contract partners can be found, among others, in the energy industries, transport companies, the chemical industry, the motor-car industry, the food industry, the European Commission and national Ministries. The Business Unit ‘Bio-based Products’ has a strong focus on primary streams of biomass and bio-residues to produce biobased chemicals, materials and sustainable industrial raw materials. At the Bioconversion Group, biotechnology (i.e. microbiology physiology, genetics, metabolic engineering) and bioprocess design (i.e. bioreactor configuration, product separation methodology) are the key knowledge fields applied for optimisation of fermentation processes. DLO-FBR has a great variety of research facilities and fermentation equipment that range from laboratory scale to pilot (100-L, 1,500-L bioreactor) scale. At the Sustainable Chemicals and Materials group, DLO-FBR has extensive expertise on the production of biobased building blocks and biobased polymers. Moreover, processing facilities for the biobased polymers include several compounding extruders, 2 injection moulding machines and facilities to produce films up to five layers. Analyses equipment includes tri-sec GPC to measure absolute molar masses of polymers like PLA and standard equipment like DSC, DMTA, GS-MS and FTIR. 


  • Partner Number4

  • name Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental

  • Short NameCIIMAR

  • TypeRTD

  • CountryPortugal

The CIIMAR – Centre of Marine and Environmental Research - is a research and advanced training institution associated with the University of Porto. Its mission is to develop high-quality basic and applied research, promote technological development and support public policies in the area of marine and environmental sciences. The research carried out at CIIMAR focuses on 5 key areas: ocean and coastal dynamics; ecology, biodiversity and management of aquatic ecosystems; environmental toxicology and chemistry; marine biology and biotechnology; and aquaculture. CIIMAR is also a renowned centre for advanced training of researchers supporting several MSc. courses, a national doctoral program in environmental and marine sciences and the European doctoral program on marine ecosystem health and conservation (MARES). The centre hosts 124 PhD researchers, generating more than 900 peer-reviewed papers in SCI-indexed journals in the last 5 years. The CIIMAR develops horizontal programmes, featuring the promotion of innovation, technology transfer and advanced services to companies, and the participation in national and international platforms and networks (such as Member of European Science Foundation – Marine Board). The translation of the scientific research into tangible benefits for society is also an important objective for the centre. This is pursued through the participation in different projects contributing to public policy design and implementation at regional, national and European level; and through the implementation of an extensive outreach program address to all sectors of society and particularly to the school community. 

  • Partner Number5

  • name Instituto de Ciências e Tecnologias Agrárias e Agro-Alimentares

  • Short NameICETA

  • TypeRTD

  • CountryPortugal

The Institute of Agriculture and Agro-Food Sciences and Technologies (ICETA) is a non-profit private organisation that manages research activities of research centres from the University of Porto (UPorto). UPorto is the biggest Portuguese scientific research institution. It hosts a range of research centres, from humanities to science and technology, reflecting the different competencies of its fourteen organic units. Some research centres are integrated in associated laboratories, which are research units that have been recognised by the Portuguese government. REQUIMTE is a Portuguese associated laboratory conducting research and development in the areas of green chemistry, clean technologies and processes, since 2001. Its researchers are located at the Centre of Chemistry in UPorto (managed by ICETA) and at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the New University of Lisbon (FCT-UNL). They include chemists, biochemists, chemical engineers and biotechnologists, physicists, pharmacologists, food scientists and technologists, all working in the general area of "sustainable chemistry". The current thematic areas of research are grouped by: i) novel compounds from renewable sources, (ii) food quality and safety, (iii) analytical control and process automation, (iv)clean chemical processes and (v) chemical biology and bioengineering. REQUIMTE has 270 researchers holding PhD degrees. It has vast experience in regional, national and international projects. 

  • Partner Number6

  • name Centre d’Etude et de Valorisation des Algues

  • Short NameCEVA

  • TypeRTD

  • CountryFrance

CEVA, located in Pleubian (Côtes d’Armor, Brittany, France), is a private research organisation and a technical centre of the ACTIA network, recognised as a national Agro-Industrial Technical Institute (ITAI) by the French Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. Located in a leading European region for the seaweed industry, CEVA is a very unique organisation, fully devoted to sustainable industrial exploitation of algae. CEVA encompasses all fields from algae biology, aquaculture, processing, chemistry and characterisation. CEVA was created in 1982 with the support of several public bodies and private companies involved in seaweed harvesting and transformation of algae into valuable products. Its first purpose was to answer local community concerns related

to “green tide” (coastal eutrophication) problems. From 1987 to present, CEVA has expanded its vision to providing R&D and technical transfer services to companies interested in developing industrial products based on algal biomass. In addition to providing technical assistance to industries, CEVA participates in collaborative R&D projects on a national, European and world-wide level. In particular, CEVA ensures the transfer of scientific knowledge from the academic world to the industry field. CEVA has 25 permanent employees, including PhDs, engineers and technicians. 

  • Partner Number7

  • name Herfst en Helder bv

  • Short NameH & H

  • TypeSME

  • CountryNetherlands

Herfst en Helder (paint for wood applications) belongs to PCM Holding, to which Mol Coatings (paint for steel applications) also belongs. PCM Holding and their subsidiaries is a private owned organisation. Herfst en Helder was founded in 1875 and was bought by PCM in 2009. The company produces high quality paint, among others to be used on monumental buildings in the Netherlands and Germany. Company goals are, among others, to produce client specific coating solutions, to maintain environmentally responsible production and products and to ensure constant attention on improvements and innovations. H&H together with Wageningen Universiteit are working on a R&D project, with the aim to develop a biobased paint on the basis of natural oil.

  • Partner Number8

  • name Nordbiochem Ou

  • Short NameNBC

  • TypeOTH

  • CountryEstonia

OÜ NordBioChem was established in 2004 when systematic work began on lactic acid based industrial biotechnological processes and first intellectual property rights were acquired. NordBioChem owns a strong technological platform for manufacturing chemicals and materials that come from renewable source and are priced competitively compared to petro-based alternatives. Their technological platform starts with lactate fermentation, followed by chemical derivatisations with the main focus on acrylates, propylene glycol and PLA. A key technological break-through took place in 2006-2007, when a novel scheme was created for fermentation of lactic acid, separation thereof and use of its esters and salts to manufacture various high-volume base chemicals. In 2008 the technological platform was completed. NordBioChem have full intellectual property rights concerning methods for production of: 1) biodegradable lactic acid and other polymers, 2) production of ethanol, buthanol and organic acids by highly efficient continuous fermentation, 3) catalyst and methods for polymerisation and 4) co-polymerisation of lactide. 

  • Partner Number9

  • name Sleever Technologies

  • Short NameSLEEVER

  • TypeOTH

  • CountryFrance

A pioneer and world leader in the shrinksleeve business, Sleever International relied on accurate engineering and creativity to make shrinksleeve a major packaging process on mass distribution markets and on highly discriminating segments such as cosmetics, perfumery and alcoholic beverages. Thanks to its in-depth expertise in all components of the shrinksleeve technology - films / sleeves / machines - Sleever International was ideally positioned to better implement the basic functionalities of shrinksleeves for primary container labelling & decoration, protection, tamper evidence and sales promotion. Today, the company is a major and well established leader on these functions worldwide. Above all, Sleever International was able to capitalise on its outstanding innovation capabilities for developing new shrinksleeve functionalities for diversified or combined applications, thus carrying the shrinksleeve technology way beyond a mere labelling process and making it a "specialty technology" in order to supply customers with custom-made solutions. Sleever International's continuous stream of innovation - often for highly demanding applications - results from the company's close monitoring of market needs and trends as well from its unique mastery of all film, sleeve and machine parameters that command the quality and efficiency of the end results. This earned the company a number of professional awards such as Oscars de l'Emballage and Eurostars for Packaging. The Sleever International group is organised so as to provide customers with all the benefits of its technology.

  • Partner Number10

  • name Agrolabo S.p.A.

  • Short NameAGRO

  • TypeSME

  • CountryItaly

Agrolabo S.p.A., with its registered Head Office in Scarmagno, north of Italy, is a manufacturing and research based chemical company founded in 1975. It is UNI EN ISO 9001:2008 certified. Agrolabo is engaged in livestock and companion animals’ health and nutrition. The company manufactures and distributes feed supplements to be included in the diet of farm animals for zootechnical productions. Agrolabo market focuses on dairy and beef cattle; secondly swine and poultry; third horses, rabbit, sheep, goats and buffalos. Agrolabo main nutritional products are yeasts, natural products (made of herbal extracts and/or plants) as alternative in promoting animal wellbeing, vitaminic emulsions, chelated trace elements, flavouring substances, toxin and mycotoxin binders. The Husbandry Division is the founding sector of the company which, for more than 30 years, has been dedicated to manufacturing high specification, high quality feed supplements, by bringing innovative, scientific solutions to the typical nutritional problems of livestock production. The Diagnostics Division of Agrolabo (founded in 1986) focuses on diagnostic products (immunology, immunohaematology and infectious diseases) for dogs, cats and livestock. 

  • Partner Number11

  • name Cartron Point Shellfish

  • Short NameCPS

  • TypeSME

  • CountryIreland

Cartron Point Shellfish Ltd. (CPS) was established in 1989. The purpose built facilities at New Quay, Co. Clare were designed and constructed with the primary aim of bivalve spat production. Facilities include an up-to-date continuous microalgal system and a large outdoor diatom production unit. In 2000 CPS diversified into production, initially with seaweed longline trials at New Quay. In 2004 Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) contracted CPS to establish and manage a seaweed hatchery at DOMMRS near Bantry, Co.Cork. The company have acquired a lot of expertise in both seaweed hatchery and ongrowing techniques over the last decade.

There are 6 business partners involved in the project, 4 of which are SMEs. Part of their role in the project will be to make recommendations to ensure that their needs are met. They will be involved in all discussions and will make key decisions. The RTD providers will combine chemical and engineering expertise with industrial processes to develop new knowledge about how to take the new developed products to the SME scale. The project will be managed by a steering committee consisting of a representative from each SME partner. The overall coordinator of the project, Dr Julie Maguire, was selected due to her specialist knowledge in project management. Dr Maguire has managed projects on behalf of SMEs and SME-AGs before and is experienced in acting in the interest of SMEs.

Seabioplas proposes the use of seaweeds to produce bioplastics. PolyLactic Acid (PLA) is a bio-based, biodegradable polymer which, along with other biopolymers, is demonstrating impressive growth rates. Currently, the production of PLA and other biopolymers is based in the use of important food sources for humans and other animals (e.g. corn, wheat, sugar beet) and other natural resources. The proposed use of seaweed instead of these crops has many benefits, including:

• Reduction of CO2 emissions

• Higher productivity

• Reduction of nutrient input in marine coastal areas

• No risks of potential deforestation

• No freshwater consumption

• No fertilisers or pesticides used


The seaweed fermentation procedures for lactic acid production will generate seaweed residues. These by-products have potential market value in the animal feed sector. The possibility of a European supply of high quality raw materials is desirable and sought after. If the residues are proved suitable the capacity of the cattle sector and fish aquaculture sector to absorb these seaweed by-products as new ingredients is tremendous. 

The seaweed production will be carried out at two locations: ALGA and CPS. Seaweeds’ biochemical characterisation and fractionation into fermentable fractions and film precursors will be performed by RTDs in cooperation with SME’s: CIIMAR, ICETA, ALGA, CEVA and DLO-FBR. Bioplastic resin production and characterisation will be performed by RTD in cooperation with an SME and other: DLO-FBR and NBC. Validation tests of produced biopolymers will be carried out at the facilities of the SMEs and a large company involved with guidance from RTD partners: SLEEVER – shrinkable films, H & H – coatings and NBC – lactic acid production. The validation test for the co-product developed will involve SMEs in cooperation with RTD partners: AGRO – manufacture of the feeds and trials at commercial dairy farms; CIIMAR and CEVA manufacture of the fish feds, analysis, scientific and technical coordination of the trials; ALGA – fish trials with juvenile seabass.

Seabioplas is made up of nine work packages which divide the entire workload into logical steps:

WP 1: Seaweed production in Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) systems

WP 2: Analysis of seaweed biomass and seaweed extracts

WP 3: Preparation of seaweed biomass fractions

WP 4: Production of seaweed-based lactic acid

WP 5: Applications of seaweed-based polymers

WP 6: Valorisation of seaweed by-products

WP 7: Economic and environmental risk assessment

WP 8: Dissemination, training and exploitation

WP 9: Project management


The scientific approach comprises a technical phase followed by the validation and dissemination phases. The total duration of the project will be 24 months.

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