The process of growing seaweed and turning it into electricity is based on proven technologies. The most critical steps in the process are: seaweed growth, pre-treatment of the organic material and high rate digestion.
Seaweed farming started in 1670 and has developed into an industry employing more than 40,000 people worldwide. However the growth of seaweed on a industrial level until now has not been achieved.
This technology was adopted industrially in 1930 and has been significantly used for Biogass applications, however, until now with very little technology advancement. Currently there are more than 23,000 operating digestors in Europe alone