Queen's University Belfast
Queen’s University Belfast (United Kingdom)
Work package one
Kelp biomass pilot facility
Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) is a research-driven University with long-standing expertise in both sustainable seaweed aquaculture and renewable energy generation. For the EnAlgae project, QUB is evaluating offshore cultivation methods that will allow sustainable kelp biomass production. Our cultivation sites will be in and around Strangford Lough, a protected conservation area, so a particular focus of our work will be the development of cultivation processes that can be used in areas of high human activity. Accordingly, QUB will be collecting biological, ecological, and socio-economic data to assess the suitability of various seaweed strains for large-scale cultivation. We are also working closely with businesses and the local community to raise awareness of sustainable aquaculture and bioenergy.