The AT~SEA project aims at the development of advanced technical textiles in order to
demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of open sea cultivation of
macroalgae (seaweed).

 


 

The project targets the development of novel textile materials for 3 different elements of the aquatic biomass cultivation farms:
• Advanced 3D multilayer textile substrates for seaweed cultivation;
• Advanced textile based cables and connections for mooring the 3D multilayer textile substrate;
• Advanced coated textiles for flexible and light-weight floatation tubes, as well as for storage and transportation tanks.
Reaching these goals will enable open sea large scale cultivation and harvesting, which in turn will lead to seaweed based value chains (e.g. for fine chemicals, for food/feed, for biomass). Further, AT~SEA targets the development of innovative offshore textile products.
The project consortium is well-balanced and consists of 11 partners from 7 European countries. In order to facilitate a successful project, the consortium covers a broad range of required competences, i.e. textiles, biology and biotechnology, offshore engineering, and renewable energy. Since the focus is on the development of textiles, 6 out of 11 partners stem from the textile sector. The partnership is strongly industrial with 5 SME’s and 2 LE’s on board, complemented with 4 RTD’s. AT~SEA is a 3-year European project within FP7 (NMP work programme) and will end July 2015.

In May-June 2014, a film crew from the European Commission visited partners OCEAN and SIOEN to make a 3-minute video on the AT~SEA project, including images from the test site at OCEAN and from the substrate production at SIOEN as well as interviews with partners OCEAN, SIOEN and CENTEXBEL.


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