New protein alternative produced from CO2

post by spanrucker · 2019-08-13T16:33:59.229Z · score: 6 (4 votes) · EA · GW · 4 comments

This is a link post for https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/08/nasas-idea-for-making-food-from-thin-air-just-became-a-reality-it-could-feed-billions/

Seems like an interesting new alternative to animal protein, with a side benefit of using carbon capture in the production process.

Their website: https://solarfoods.fi/

I'll be curious to watch as things develop. Does anyone know more about this? Seems to make some pretty bold claims so I'm a bit dubious!

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comment by Maxdalton · 2019-08-13T16:50:22.189Z · score: 12 (6 votes) · EA · GW

I wonder if this is also a thing that ALLFED might be interested in - I haven't looked into this much, but the article claims that the process only requires water, CO2, and electricity, which we might have in lots of disaster scenarios. So if production of this were scaled up in the short term, that might be helpful for ALLFED's mission.

comment by spanrucker · 2019-08-13T17:36:41.541Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Yeah ALLFED sprang to my mind too.

There's a bit more about the actual production process in this article: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/43zdag/this-startup-is-making-food-mostly-out-of-air-and-electricity

Also a bit of discussion around how feasible it will be to scale up.

comment by Denkenberger · 2019-09-07T06:54:39.268Z · score: 11 (4 votes) · EA · GW

Yes, ALLFED has talked to the company. It is a far more efficient use of electricity than turning into light and then photosynthesis (vertical farming). But at least at current prices, the natural gas digesting single cell protein would be even lower cost. We are planning on looking into it further, e.g. for diet diversification.

comment by aarongertler · 2019-09-17T09:07:00.621Z · score: 2 (1 votes) · EA · GW

Stopping by to say that I find it very comforting when the people I hope would have talked to each other about their projects actually did talk to each other about their projects. Three cheers for communicating with do-gooders outside the community!