Turning electricity into food? – News – LUT

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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. 

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Protein produced with electricity to alleviate world hunger
    http://www.vttresearch.com/media/news/protein-produced-with-electricity-to-alleviate-world-hunger

    ​A batch of single-cell protein has been produced by using electricity and carbon dioxide in a joint study by the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Protein produced in this way can be further developed for use as food and animal feed. The method releases food production from restrictions related to the environment. The protein can be produced anywhere renewable energy, such as solar energy, is available.

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