Led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, this 4-year project focuses on the integrated cultivation and harvest system design of kelp farms with the goal to increase efficiency and/or reduce costs. This project was funded by the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE), Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) which is interested in the scalable production of macroalgae for potential future use as a biofuel. The intent of this project was to design replicable farms that are cost-effective systems for growing sugar kelp. Through innovative technology and practical solutions, the project team's objective was to reduce costs associated with kelp farming at the test site in Kodiak, Alaska.