The final SW-GROW conference will be hosted by UHI Outer Hebrides on 6th September 2022 in Stornoway. Results from the last 3 years will be presented by partners.
The objective of the project has been to increase economic opportunities in the seaweed industry by developing innovative working practices that can be widely adopted by SMEs involved in the industry and to develop quality seaweed products of consistent standard that are identifiable and can be clearly branded.
The conference will give academics, local businesses and the public the opportunity to hear more about the project, view demonstrations of new digital apps and seaweed drying process and discuss the development of a new seaweed genetic database.
Coffee / Welcome
Introduction to the day
Achievements – drying, demonstration of web-based App for energy Assessment for SMEs
Outer Hebrides UHI
Characterisation, Carbon and nitrogen, ash and calorimetric content.
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Comparison of Drying Methods and characteristics of seaweed based on seasons.
Arktisk Teknologi Center, Greenland
Cultivation quality and growing guidance for the NPA region. Renewable energy using hydro power.
Tari – Faroes
Identification of shared infrastructure / resources opportunities
Údarás na Gaeltachta
DNA data base of seaweed species, characterisation of genetic markers , creation of a NPA seaweed genetic database and testing kit for NPA seaweed provenance.
Waste to fuel and Biofuel production
University of Iceland
Launch of SW-GROW brand / Marketing and cultural story of seaweed.
Traditional culinary uses of seaweed in the Western Isles.