Fuelling the Future was an outreach project in the Shetland Islands funded by the Marine Alliance for Sciences and Technology for Scotland and delivered by Christine Rolin and Rhiannon Inkster who worked on the Shetland Seaweed Growers project (Coastal Communities Fund) and MacroBioCrude (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) at the NAFC Marine Centre, University of Highlands and Islands.
The project collaborated with the RSPB in Shetland on delivering the programme coastal creatures in 2016. A Fuelling the Future: Shetland Classic Motor Show Shetland Classic Motor Show event was also held to educate and engage the public in renewable energy research.
The materials in this education pack were made with the aim of getting school children out and exploring their local sea shore by discovering what seaweeds grow there and how they can be a useful resource for art, food and biofuels.
Part of the CCF harvested seaweed was given to local businesses for new product development and testing. The remainder was ensiled (which meant it could last over a year) and donated to the MacroBioCrude project.
The NAFC Marine Centre (UHI) is a partner within the 5-year, EPSRC-funded ‘MacroBioCrude’ project investigating seaweed ensilage and its use in biofuel production. The project is being jointly led by the Universities of Durham and Harper Adams (HAU).