E-commerce giant Amazon is putting significant funds into the world’s first commercial-scale seaweed farm. Located between offshore wind turbines in the Netherlands, this project has the potential to achieve a lot of great things.
This project is known as North Sea Farm 1. It is led by the non-profit organization North Sea Farmers (NSF) and is managed by a consortium of scientific researchers and partners from the seaweed industry.
The project not only aims at using the untapped ocean space but will also help in removing carbon from the atmosphere
Seaweed has the great potential to sequester carbon. With this project, researchers plan to explore the potential of seaweed farms to remove carbon from the atmosphere. The project is designed to test and improve methods of seaweed farming.
“Seaweed could be a key tool in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, yet it’s currently farmed at a relatively small scale in Europe,” said Zak Watts, Director of EU Sustainability at Amazon. “We’re delighted to fund this project to help us reach a greater understanding of its ability to help fight climate change.”
North Sea Farm 1
Consisting of a 10-hectare seaweed farm, North Sea Farm 1 is likely to harvest at least 6,000 Kgs of fresh seaweed in its first year. Amazon is granting €1.5 million ($1.6 million) to create this seaweed farm.