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Seaweed in East Anglia

Norfolk has over 90 miles of coastline bordering the North Sea. This is currently being developed into a thriving energy and raw material region. This makes Norfolk the ideal place to develop an industry based on resources from the sea.

Seaweed is an important future feedstock for the UK, providing biomass for food, feed and other applications. The Seaweed in East Anglia (SEA) project aims to develop a sustainable and viable seaweed industry in the East of England.

Hethel Innovation will lead the project. It builds on challenges found as part of Hethel Innovations' Algae Innovation Platform, which brought together 90 local, domestic and international stakeholders to collaborate and scale-up projects.

Key outputs

  • 1 feasibility study
  • 2 public engagement events
  • 1 industry showcase event
  • 1 website

Thematic objective(s)

  • Business Growth and Innovation
    Climate change


  • April 2023 - March 2024


  • Project budget: £116,389
  • Norfolk Investment Framework funding: £97,145

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