Duckweed - a water based biomass with potential.

Reference number 2018-04007
Coordinator pSk earth adaption AB
Funding from Vinnova SEK 500 000
Project duration November 2018 - May 2019
Status Ongoing
Venture The strategic innovation programme Bioinnovation
Call BioInnovation Test of hypothesis step 1-2018

Purpose and goal

The purpose is to investigate whether duckweed is a more economically advantageous biomass to grow, harvest and process compared to algae. Andmat is a floating plant and contains, among other things, fat / oil, carbohydrates and large amounts of protein. The aim of the overall project is to develop the cultivation, harvesting and processing of the water-based plant duckweed to produce environmentally and cost-effectively sustainable bio-based products.

Expected results and effects

Water-based plants such as duckweeds can provide a stable and controlled supply of biomass and do not adversely affect land and biodiversity. The amount of water-based biomass like duckweed has great potential to grow in Sweden and globally, and it propagates significantly faster than land-based biomasses.

Planned approach and implementation

Start with a literature and patent investigation to ensure the status of applications of duckweed in Sweden and globally. Commercial opportunities for duckweed will be discussed with two different potential customers. Important to identify early economic benefits with the use of duckweed.

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