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Aug 20, 2019 / Richard Hall

Solein – new protein from air

It’s difficult to know what to believe any more. Agricultural production from land is becoming food manufacture in buildings. We’ve seen numerous examples of growing cell-based meat in laboratories. Vertical farms allow multiple crops to be grown in water rather than soil.

Now, a new business in Finland has developed a means of producing protein from a combination of water, ammonia, fermentation, carbon dioxide, electricity and air.

The end result is a powder containing 50% protein, 20-25% carbohydrates, 5-10% fat and vitamin B. Solar Foods plans to launch Solein in 2021.

The point of interest is that Solein is environmentally far more efficient than other alternatives. It is said to take 15,000 litres of water to produce 1 kilo of beef, 2,500 litres of water to produce 1 kilo of soy and 10 litres of water to produce 1 kilo of Solein.

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