Uist seaweed company wins environmental competition

[UK] Seaweed processing company Uist Asco of North Uist is one of seven businesses in Scotland to win £40,000 in a small business environmental competition.

The £800,000 competition was to develop innovative solutions through private-public sector collaboration to recover phosphorus and other nutrients and chemicals from water for beneficial use.

Uist Asco won for its recovery and reuse of phosphates from rivers using Scottish renewable resources.

The winners were announced yesterday (Thursday 17 September) at the first Scottish meeting of the UK Nutrient Platform, held at the Royal Society in Edinburgh.

A total of up to £400k was allocated to phase one of the competition for up to ten feasibility studies and a further £400k is allocated to Phase Two of the competition for prototype development.

The seven winning entries are:

  • Uist Asco (North Uist) for recovery and reuse of phosphates from rivers using Scottish renewable resources
  • Brathadair (Edinburgh) for recovery of phosphorus from pot ale
  • Pennog Ltd (Wales) for phosphorus capture and recycle in a plant bio-stimulant
  • New Generation Biogas (Devon) for robust enhanced biological phosphate
  • Sustainable Water Company (Edinburgh) for phosphate removing ochre pellets
  • JFI Ltd (Ballyclare, Northern Ireland) for nano absorbents for phosphate recovery and priority substances
  • De Montfort University (Lancaster) for UV and microwave assisted catalysis for destruction of priority substances

They have each received around £40,000 as part of the first phase of the competition.

Managed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition forms part of a wider programme of the Green Growth Group, which was set up to support and develop the clean tech sector and circular economy in Scotland.


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