News ID: 197131
Published: 0600 GMT July 23, 2017

Finnish study creates method to produce protein with electricity, CO₂

Finnish study creates method to produce protein with electricity, CO₂

Researchers from Finnish Technical Research Center (VTT) and the Lappeenranta University of Technology have found a way to produce single-cell protein using electricity and carbon dioxide.

In a latest statement, VTT did not elaborate on the process of the production, but only said the protein can be produced anywhere where renewable energy is available, wrote.

Jero Ahola, a professor of the Lappeenranta University of Technology, said, "Compared to traditional agriculture, the production method under development does not require a location with the conditions for agriculture, such as the right temperature, humidity or a certain soil type.”

Juha-Pekka Pitkanen, principal scientist at VTT, said the protein produced in this way can be further developed into food and animal feed.

The researchers estimated that the new method to create food from electricity can be nearly ten times more energy efficient than common photosynthesis and thus does little impact on the environment.

However, it takes about two weeks to produce one gram of protein in the laboratory at this moment, and the researchers have stressed the need to improve the process.

Ahola said, "The idea is to develop the concept into a mass product, with a price that drops as the technology becomes more common.”

The study is part of a wide-ranging Neo-Carbon Energy research project aiming to develop an energy system that is completely renewable and emission-free.

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