Bioenergy from macroalgae: some costs and benefits

Kristinn Hermannsson, Kim Swales

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A significant drawback of many bioenergy sources is that energy crops displace alternative land use, such as for food. Responding to this criticism seaweed has been suggested as a source of next generation bioenergy. It is harvested and cultivated on a commercial scale in several countries in Europe (Norway, France), Asia (China, Japan) and South-America (Chile), but in most coastal areas it is relatively underexploited and therefore offers an appealing prospect: at least in principle.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-36
Number of pages7
JournalFraser of Allander Economic Commentary
VolumeSpecial Edition
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2013


  • biomass
  • energy
  • bioenergy

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