Norway Launches Captured CO2 Project to Assist Aquaculture Industry
Funding in the amount of $1 million dollars has been granted by the Norwegian Parliament to a pilot plant that will use CO2 captured at CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) to produce algae for the country’s growing fish farming industry.
Next to oil and gas, seafood is Norway’s second largest industry. In 2013, seafood exports totaled $10.2 billion, with 150 different countries receiving 95 percent of the seafood fished. And while the industry is growing rapidly, it’s facing a potentially threatening shortage of omega-3—fatty acids used in fish feed. With the outlook for the amount of available omega-3 being greatly reduced in coming years, the industry is looking to find alternative, sustainable sources it can use.
The industry aims to establish a manufacturing facility that can produce omega-3 and other important products using algal biomass. This will be accomplished by capturing CO2 at TCM and also using the plant’s residual heat. Algae is a major source of the ocean’s omega-3, so the project hopes to prove the process can be replicated on land sustainably.