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Solar Foods: new edible protein food from air and electricity

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Finland

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Yes
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Solar Foods, a Finnish foodtech company, produces natural single-cell proteins using simply renewable electricity and thin air, called Solein®. It brings to the market an entirely new kind of food that is both natural, and not dependent on agriculture, climate or the weather.

The protein can be made in tough environmental conditions, such as the desert, the Arctic, or, possibly, even in space. In its bioprocess, the company collects microbes from pure Finnish nature and grows them in a fermenter similar to the ones used in breweries and wineries. Through the process, it captures carbon dioxide and uses renewable electricity to grow a microbe high in protein. The protein is comparable to well-known proteins found in soybean and beef.

The company aims to be fully operational by the end of 2022, hoping to build a factory that can provide 5 million meals per year.

Learn more about Solar Food here and from the World Economic Forum here.

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Main results: 
  • Solein® is 100 times more climate-friendly than meat
  • Unlike conventional protein production, it takes just a fraction of water to produce 1kg of Solein®
  • Solein® yields ten times more per hectare than ordinary plants and is claimed to be the only carbon negative food
  • Solar foods has developed 20 different types of food products from the protein
  • It has won several awards and recognitions including the Index Award under the patronage of the Princess Mary of Denmark in 2019.