Feasibilty/Economic Appraisal

Techno-economics of industrial scale seaweed cultivation as a feedstock for for onward processing

With increased interest in conversion of biomass to methane or alcohol as an energy source, seaweed has become a recurrent focus of attention.  As part of a technology foresight programme, this comprehensive study examines the techno-economic aspects of industrial scale cultivation of various species of seaweed relative to existing value chains as sources of hydrocolloids, international market conditions, and the costs at which it could be made available to

Trout farm investment appraisal

The survey found the farm to have considerable potential for growth of rainbow and brown trout. An excellent water supply and good husbandry practices had ensured long-term disease-free production for many years. Good site characteristics and production and grow-out pool lay-out suggested further potential for a more ambitious project, although the report also highlighted potential threats that should be over-come through alterations in site design.