Transforming an environmental crisis into green energy solutions
The Algae Problem
The Sargassum algae is a polluting seaweed originating from the Sargasso Sea in the South-Western part of the North Atlantic. Sargassum rafts have been observed for hundreds of years in the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Basin. Since 2011, however, presumably due to climate change and the warming of sea surface, massive blooms of Sargassum have been observed around the Wider Caribbean Region, including locations where they were so far absent or extremely rare. Nowadays the phenomenon is both substantial and widespread, severely affecting the entire Caribbean Basin, including Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, and reaching as far as the shores of West Africa. The unprecedented influx of algae in recent years has had devastating effects on the environment, inflicting damage on the ecological balance, the local economy and public health, and leading a number of governments to declare a state of emergency over the crisis.
“Strong partnerships are needed to protect the most vulnerable to this threat.”
“The invasion also led to emergency conditions”
“The unprecedented scale of Sargassum that reached the Caribbean islands repeatedly …is a major threat to the economy, ecology and health of the Caribbean. Impacts are felt across the wider Caribbean region.”
Strategic partnerships are being formed with government bodies
Strategic partnerships are being formed with government bodies, research entities and universities as well commercial entities that shall help with collecting the algae from the seas and beaches and bringing them to the treatment plants.
Our pilot project is currently under construction
Our pilot project is currently under construction in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic in cooperation with UNAPEC and the Groupo Punta Cana.