Alginor, a Norwegian SME, was established in 2014 to commercialize knowhow and technology through the construction of an integrated Biorefinery for seaweeds from beyond the Arctic Circle.

Seaweeds are among the world’s largest untapped resource. Norway’s seaweed forest constitutes 80 % of the coastal biomass with a standing stock estimated to 50 million tons. However, in order to utilize seaweeds effectively it is necessary to use a technology which exploits the entire biomass – a biorefinery.

Alginor plans to start up the first biorefinery in Norway focusing on 100 % utilization and resource efficient processing of seaweeds to pure and formula-specific products for use in food, feed, pharma, agri, chemicals and materials. The biorefinery will be in the form of a Demonstration unit with a tentative production capacity of 5,000 tons of seaweed per year. Further, Alginor plans a new expansion to a full-scale industrial Biorefinery with an annual production capacity of 50,000 tons of seaweed per year.

Alginor’s Ocean Refining Total utilizing Application (AORTA) technology is a key to a future circular bioeconomy based on total utilization of seaweeds with zero emissions to water, air and sea.