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Cultivate algae in the Baltic Sea

Life On Land; Life Below Water; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Climate Action
Closed for application

The municipality of Oskarshamn is setting up a centre for new energy technology, CNETO. CNETO has a direction towards the nuclear fuel cycle but is open to all kinds of new technologies that provide solutions towards a more sustainable society. We know that algae have the capacity to reduce significantly CO2 from the atmosphere and at the same time provide food and be an innovative alternative to meat and animal fodder. Therefore we are interested in investigating how we can cultivate algae in the Baltic Sea. 

 

BACKGROUND 

The Baltic Sea provides a special ecosystem with low salinity and a reduced variety of species. It is also a threatened sea due to the high concentration of nutrition and large areas of dead sediment. 

Algae are globally used for food, particularly in Asia. In Sweden, a couple of algae projects have been launched at the west coast of Sweden for large scale cultivation; one company produces different kinds of food on a small scale. Another new startup is focusing on animal feed after showing that the algae they are growing can reduce the methane emission of cattle by about 80%. 

The Baltic has a very different condition for the cultivation of either food for humans or animals. At the same time, the cultivation of algae would reduce the nutrition of the Baltic. The extended coastline with a vast amount of islands may be very suitable for growing algae. We see some challenges but also great opportunities. 

 

CHALLENGE

Before we can start, we have to think of the marine biological conditions for cultivating algae at the Baltic Sea. What kind of algae would be used, and how can we grow algae in a sustainable way - for both humans and animals? At the same time, we have to think of economical and agronomical conditions. What kind of market for algae are there in Sweden? Who will be the consumers? Will there be any environmental consequences, and what kind of possibilities will there be of cultivating algae along the archipelago on the east coast?


IMPORTANT INFORMATION!IMPORTANT INFORMATION!

Deadline for application: 2022-01-14

This project is part of a cross-disciplinary course at Linköping University and gives 8 ECTS. It is a part-time course (25 %), lasts for one semester and includes about 215 hours of work. After completing the course, a diploma will be awarded.

ECIU students applying for this project will also apply to the inGenious course but via a particular admission system (MoveOn). A senior coordinator at Linköping University will contact ECIU students for more information.

Read more about the course here: https://liu.se/en/education/course/799g52

The course includes nine (9) compulsory course elements including five (5) group assignments and one (1) individual reflection assignment.

  • KICK OFF, Tuesday, January 18th, TIME: 13:00 – 17:00
  • SUBMISSION OF CONTRACTS, DEADLINE, Monday, January 31st, TIME: 08:00 
  • WORKSHOP - "SHITTY PROTOTYPING", Thursday, February 3rd, TIME: 13:00 – 16:00
  • SUBMISSION OF PROJECT PLANS, DEADLINE, Friday, February 11th, TIME: 08:00 
  • THE ART OF PITCHING (Seminar), Wednesday, February 16th, TIME: 13.00 – 16.00  
  • NO SLIDE 1-MINUTE-PITCH, Tuesday, Mars 2nd, TIME: 09:00 – 12:00 
  • PITCH-TRAINING [3 minutes with slides], Monday, Mars 28th, TIME: 08:00 – 17:00 
  • SUBMISSION OF RESPONSIBLE INNOVATION CHAPTER, DEADLINE, Wednesday, Mars 30th, TIME: 08:00
  • RESPONSIBLE INNOVATION SEMINAR, Thursday, Mars 31st, TIME: 09.00 – 12.00 LOCATION:
  • 3-MINUTE-PITCH, Monday, April 11th, TIME: 9.00 – 12:00 
  • SUBMISSION OF GROUP DYNAMICS REFLECTION, DEADLINE Thursday, April 14th, TIME: 08:00
  • PITCH-TRAINING [5 minutes], Tuesday, May 3rd, TIME: 08.00 – 17:00
  • GRADUATION EVENT, 5-MINUTE-PITCH, Tuesday, May 17th, TIME: 13:00 – 17:00 
  • SUBMISSION PROJECT REPORT, DEADLINE, Friday, May 20th, TIME: 08.00
  • SUBMISSION OF INDIVIDUAL REFLECTION, DEADLINE, Tuesday, May 24th, TIME: 08.00

If you have any questions about the course or the project, please contact Cia Lundvall, cia.lundvall@liu.se