The mission of Scandinavian Ocean Minerals is to meet the future needs of the green economy with gentle harvesting of ocean resources. We intend to do this by harvesting for mineral-rich nodules on the seafloor in Bothnian Bay. The nodules contain minerals that are critical for the green transition. In the Baltic Sea we will harvest for sediment that can be used for green energy. In both cases we oxygenate the seafloor in the process, which counteracts acidification.
This is how we do it:
On the Bothnia Bay seafloor lies small potato-sized lumps – nodules – that contain minerals. In the Baltic Sea lies sediments.
Via an air-lift technique, developed by Scandinavian Ocean Minerals, the seafloor is gently harvested for nodules or bottom sediment.
On board the ship, nodules are filtered or, if sediment centrifuged
Water and material that is not used is returned directly to the seafloor, which becomes oxygenated in the process.
Nodules and sediment are transported to land where nodules are refined into, among other things, manganese, iron, silicon (used for batteries, solar cells and semiconductors) while sediment becomes biogas, hydrogen gas or green coal (used for fossil-free steel).