Solar Foods

Natural protein production anywhere by using air and electricity. 

Created: 2020-08-07

Updated: 2023-03-12

Company - Solar Foods

Founded
Country
2017
Finland
Funding
$42M
Website
Solar Foods
Social
Solar Foods

Product/Service - Solein

Classification
In-Space Manufacturing
Category
In-Space Manufacturing
Fields
Food for Earth
Food for Space
Status
Development
First launch
Not announced

We are introducing a game-changing natural protein for the global food industry. Produced from CO2, water, and electricity, our unique pure single-cell proteins are independent of agriculture, weather and the climate. They open a new world of unimaginable protein choices while creating new sustainable food diversity.

Manufactured Food. Single-cell protein production by means of gas fermentation.

The process takes a single microbe, one of the billion different ones found in nature, and grows it by fermenting it, which is also called a bioprocess. We feed the microbe like you would feed a plant, but instead of watering and fertilising it, we use mere air and electricity. With our current process, this is 20x more efficient than photosynthesis (and 200 times more than meat).

By using fermentation to grow protein, the bioprocess of our first protein product Solein® may not be traditional, but it is natural. And the best part? It won’t run out.

We are currently working on developing and building the first version of our bioreactor that would fit into a space vessel and produce Solein on mission. While our first commercial-scale facility Factory 01 will scale production up, the space vessel bioreactor is a prime example of how we can also scale down and recreate the bioprocess in much less space. When it comes to LEO (Low Earth Orbit) missions, a solution like this saves money: less rockets are fired up for supply runs leaving more resources and budget for other things.

One of the 11 finalists in Phase 2 of the Deep Space Food Challenge in January 2023.. NASA and CSA jointly recognized three international finalist teams from outside the U.S. and Canada.

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