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positive impact on sea farming and the blue economy

London robotics startup, Samudra Oceans, has secured a £150,000 investment from British Design Fund, as part of a £800,000 pre-seed funding round, for its technology that aims to positively impact sea farming and the blue economy.

Samudra Oceans’ innovative AI-powered static monitoring robots use powerful sensors and cameras that enable farmers to actively monitor and predict their seaweed yield. They are designed to support the growth of sustainable seaweed farming by reducing unnecessary and costly boat trips and labour – something which can often far outweigh sale prices.

The funding will be used by the team to build more protypes and deploy in more regions, as the company works on providing a global use case for its model. Currently active in the UK and Scotland, and with a project also underway in Jamaica, the cleantech will soon be launching schemes in both India and Sri Lanka.

With a shared love for the ocean, the company’s founders, Joyeeta Das and Alex Facey, were inspired with the idea for the business after recognising the huge potential of sea farming to help tackle the climate crisis and provide a sustainable, long term food source. Seaweed alone being capable of capturing up to 20x more carbon than trees.

Having identified the need for automation within the subsea farming industry, the team set about developing a solution for reducing the high overheads and labour associated with sea farming. By reducing manual labour and boat fuel costs, Samudra’s solution enables farmers to grow beyond previous limits, while benefiting from economies of scale.

Joyeeta Das, Samudra Oceans co-founder, explains:

“We believe the ocean is central to solving the climate and nature emergency. Not only can seaweed capture up to 20x more carbon than terrestrial trees but when farmed responsibly it can also provide a sustainable food source and aid biodiversity, while empowering coastal economies.”