Seagriculture EU
29 - 30 June 2022
Bremerhaven, Germany

The Norwegian Seaweed Biorefinery Platform – Challenges and Opportunities

Finn Lillelund Aachmann, Professor at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norwegian seaweed biorefinery platform, NOR

About the speaker:

Finn L. Aachmann is a Professor at NTNU, Norway. His background is in structure-function studies of marine polysaccharides, enzymes, and polysaccharide engineering. Prof. Aachmann heads the Norwegian Seaweed Biorefinery Platform as well as leading a research project on Alginate Epimerases. He participated in the three ERA-NET projects SNAP, Mar3Bio and ChitoWound.

Company info:NTNU has a main profile in science and technology, a variety of programmes of professional study, and great academic breadth that also includes the humanities, social sciences, economics, medicine, health sciences, educational science, architecture, entrepreneurship, art disciplines and artistic activities.


In the recent years, Norwegian research institutions have developed technology for seaweed processing, and analytical methods for characterization of seaweed biopolymers, chemicals, fibers, feed, food and bioactive compounds. To make better use of these advantages and knowledge, a national consortium has been established to coordinate efforts from research institutions and industry in developing technologies aiming at the creation of economically and environmentally sustainable seaweed biorefinery processes, and corresponding high-value and bulk product pipelines. This national research-driven knowledge-based platform includes the main research institutions on seaweed in Norway and the goal of the platform is to serve as a hub for research, knowledge, methodology and stakeholder networking. This 5-year project was launched in May 2019 and is funded by the Research Council of Norway. More information and publications can be found under: http://seaweedplatform.no/.


Seaweed based products, Saccharina latissimi, Alaria esculenta, Polysaccharides, Biorefinery