Jaap W. van Hal, Ph.D.
The facility for seaweed processing at ECN part of TNO in Petten is a first step in expanding the research infrastructure aimed at technology development for the conversion of biomass into green energy and raw materials. The new research facilities enable ECN part of TNO, together with companies and other knowledge institutions, to give a powerful boost to the energy transition and the greening of the chemical sector. Special attention will focus on the production of biofuels and co-production of raw materials for the chemical industry. The 'Plant Biomass from the Sea' research, funded by the provincial authorities, contributes to this.
The seaweed lab consists of a series of flexible test facilities that can be used to develop innovative processing routes from seaweed to biofuels and green raw materials on a 1-10 kg scale. These developments take place within national and European research projects (including MacroFuels) and directly with companies. The seaweed lab gives parties the opportunity to accelerate innovations and, on that basis, to realise economic activities in the province of Noord-Holland and throughout the Netherlands. With the North Sea as the "seaweed granary", Dutch industry can play a prominent role in opening up this new, sustainable source of food, raw materials and energy.