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Engineering Structures for Offshore Macroalgae Farmingar System)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: WC-133R-17-CN-0061
Agency Tracking Number: 16-2-068
Amount: $400,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.1.2F
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2016-2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-05-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-05-21
Small Business Information
21 Marlboro Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
United States
DUNS: 962790494
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Clifford A.  Goudey
 (978) 914-1901
 cliffgoudey@gmail.com
Business Contact
 Clifford A.  Goudey
Phone: (978) 914-1901
Email: cliffgoudey@gmail.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

This project continues our development of innovative systems for farming macroalgae on the
high seas. We will identify suitable sites in Nantucket Sound to demonstrate our system and
determine the associated environmental parameters including depths, currents, and waves. By
combining that information with load and acceleration data from our Phase I wave-basin tests,
we will refine the structural details of a two-transverse-truss array for fabrication and
deployment. This 33m x 67m, instrumented, array in will support 36 seeded longlines of sugar
kelp, Saccharina latissimi. We will monitor the performance of the system and the growth of the
kelp at variable longline spacing from November 2017 to May 2018. We will harvest the kelp
and determine optimal longline spacing based on the goal of maximizing production per unit
area. A second season of kelp farming will then be used to measure optimized growth per unit
area.
Using data collected from these instrumented sea trials, we will design a 100m x 200m array
that supports the culture of 2 ha of macroalgae longlines. Based on the projected system cost
and the productivity of our test crops, we will refine our profit/loss models for 2 ha array modules
and refine our business plan.

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