Fearless Fund team launches first research vessel in Gulf of Mexico for work with DOE ARPA-E to test marine algae for energy conversion. #Sustainability #GulfofMexico #renewable #Innovation #DOE #Energy #science #algae
Fearless Fund – Washington, DC. Ocean Energy from Macroalgae (OEM): Ranching Sargassum (Category I) – $500,000
The Fearless Fund team will develop a new system to enable large-scale seaweed “ranching” using remote sensing and imaging technologies to monitor free-floating, low-impact Sargassum cultivation designed to mimic naturally occurring seaweed mats found in nature. Free-floating farms decouple biomass production from costly, capital-intensive infrastructure and present opportunities to scale production in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. Working along the Texas/Louisiana coastline, the team will use satellite technology and computational modeling to seed, monitor, and harvest Sargassum biomass over a three-month cultivation cycle. By leveraging the wealth of data generated from a suite of sensors, the team seeks to achieve largescale farming without the need for capital-intensive infrastructure.
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Fearless Fund's Ariel Horowitz and Lauren Siess play violin and viola for Fearless Fund's work to restore waterways. Composer is Joel Friedman. Fearless Fund President Alyson Myers and Fearless Fund Founder Fritzi Cohen thank everyone for being “Fearless.”
Fearless Fund teaches art students to make paper from seaweed at The Latin American Youth Center in Washington, D.C.
Fearless Fund challenges visitors to the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art's (MOCA) Boardwalk Art Show to propose uses for seaweed to help clean waterways. Greg Vita, papermaker, is at Left. Sue Myers, abstract artist, is at Right.
Fearless Fund and partners hold a conference for scientists and chefs in Seattle, WA to discuss the health of Washington state water’s impact on seafood.