• Underwater photo of a seaweed farm


Developing the next generation macro-algae based biofuels for transportation via advanced bio-refinery processes

Macroalgae (seaweeds) are an ideal candidate for (bio)chemical production of advanced fuels due to their chemical composition particularly their naturally high content of sugars (sugar content of up to 70%).

Unlike other biofuel sources, there is no competition for agricultural land, requirement for freshwater or fertilisers. Also macroalgae have higher productivity (cultivation of biomass per unit of surface) than terrestrial source materials.

The Macrofuels project takes a holistic view and looks at the whole cycle of biofuel production.  To achieve this the consortium  brings together specialists along the entire chain of biofuel production, from seaweed cultivation up to fuel testing via fuel production, further complemented by experts in the field of sustainability assessments, risk analysis and mitigation, commercial deployment and IP monetisation, as well as communication.


Role of SAMS on project

  • >Advanced cultivation of seaweed to improve yield (MacLeod)
  • >Test flexible storage container to allow for year round production of biofuels (MacLeod)
  • >Assess the environmental impact of the seaweed farm (see video below)
  • >Develop efficient anaerobic digestion for processing seaweed residues (Ditchfield)