Did you know that it is possible to transform carbon dioxide and electricity into cattle feed and food for humans? Because it is.
Using renewable electricity and carbon dioxide extracted from air, microbes can be used to produce a single cell protein that is over 50% protein and 25% carbohydrates, with the remaining part being fatty substances and nucleic acids. The research conducted jointly by LUT and VTT Technical Research Centre has already been able to produce the first food ingredients in the laboratory.
The method is based on growing microbes, i.e. micro-organisms. The invention is not a new one: the method has been previously used to manufacture products such as the Torula yeast and the Pekilo protein. The new aspect in the researched method is using renewable energy.