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BioMarine Capital Inc.

the Seaweed Business Catalyst

SEAWEED

Developing a sustainable and organic seaweed farming industry

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS

Seaweed value chain:
thickeners, anti-fouling,
emulsifiers, enzymes…

ENERGY

Seaweed-based hydrogen and biofuel

FUTURE

Life in space, terraforming…

1. SEAWEED

Developing a sustainable and organic seaweed farming industry

2. INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS

Seaweed value chain:
thickeners, anti-fouling,
emulsifiers, enzymes…

3. ENERGY

Seaweed-based hydrogen and biofuel

4. FUTURE

Life in space, terraforming…

Why Seaweed ?

Seaweed is poised to become one of the key strategic resources of the future, especially in the context of international climate change mitigation efforts. As a catalyst for innovative blue biotechnology industries, BioMarine Capital has developed various projects to bolster the global seaweed value chain.

Seaweed has been the catalyst of life for the past 500 million years through the production of oxygen and the sequestration of carbon dioxide. Early coastal populations relied on seaweed as a source of food,  clothing, and construction material. Today, in addition to its countless applications across different industries derived from high-value molecules (space, feed and agriculture, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, biotechnologies, personal care, fashion, shipping, construction, energy, etc), the resource offers promising solutions against climate change.

Our key sectors

Carbon capture

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Carbon capture

Macroalgae captures between four and ten times more carbon dioxide than trees in the Amazon rainforest. Despite the growing appetite for “blue carbon” offsetting, seaweed’s exact carbon sequestration rate is difficult to calculate given the numerous parameters involved (species, quality of water, quantity, temperature, water quality, light, etc).

Seaweed bioplastics

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Seaweed bioplastics

The raw materials used in bioplastics compete for land and resources with food crops. The development of seaweed-based bioplastics can offer a solution to plastic waste and food shortages.

Biofuel & hydrogen

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Biofuel and hydrogen

The European Union estimates that 5000 km² of cultivated seaweeds are needed in order to ensure 2.5% of the European Union’s total transportation energy needs through the use of biofuels. Seaweed could also become the main driver for organic blue hydrogen through the production of mannitol.

Agriculture

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Agriculture

The use of seaweed in agriculture will help to reduce nutrient-derived pollution (excess nutrients used in land-based crop fertilizers are no longer dispersed into the oceans). The quality of arable land will also increase as chemical fertilizers are replaced with natural seaweed-derived fertilizers.