One Cool Thing: Sea Agriculture Picking up Speed

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Seaweed could be the next crop sensation, as seaweed farms on the coast of Bali, Indonesia, take root underwater. India-based Sea6 Energy has designed a “sea combine” in the hopes of boosting the now small seaweed market to the forefront of sustainable aquaculture. The innovative catamaran sweeps over fields of seaweed, harvesting and replanting it with ease. Shrikumar Suryanarayan, the cofounder of Sea6 Energy, says the “sea combine” could be key to breaking down cost and labor barriers to seaweed’s success.

Seaweed has many practical uses, including as an additive in ice cream and toothpaste, but experts say it’s destined for bigger, greener things. Suryanarayan says that seaweed naturally absorbs CO2 and hopes to use it to create biofuels that could replace.

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