A company is producing flour using only air and water. It is a high protein flour that could be used as a substitute for any other type of flour or protein powder.
It seems science fiction but a company claims to have succeeded. Solar Foods, a Finnish company, has managed to create food from the air. The product they get is a protein powder and to produce it they only use CO2, water and electricity. The powder contains 50% protein, 5-10% fat, 20-25% carbohydrates and tastes similar to wheat flour, according to the FEM
The large amount of CO2 in our atmosphere is undoubtedly one of the greatest environmental problems on Earth. It would be amazing to be able to get rid of greenhouse gases and, at the same time, create food.
How Do They Do That?
Solar Foods uses a process that captures the carbon present in the air, more specifically in CO2. Once you have separated it, combine it with water, nutrients and vitamins, all with solar energy, which recreates a natural fermentation process. Solar Foods is using Finland’s natural air, one of the purest that exists.
Flour production is not contingent on soil, weather or rain, so it could be manufactured in countries where agriculture is not possible or even used as food for astronauts. In fact, Solar Foods is already working with the European Space Agency to develop a system that can be used outside our planet.
This protein produced from the air can be a solution for companies that manufacture vegan “meat”, reducing its environmental impact by using a product that does not need to be cultivated.
It will begin to include products such as protein shakes and yoghurts
Solar Food pleanea request a “Novel food” license that must be requested for new foods that have not been used for human consumption.
The protein can acquire different textures through 3D printing (it can be grouped as fibres to mimic the texture of meat or bread) or it can be used simply as a condiment, as another ingredient.
Solar Foods is confident of launching the product globally in 2021 when it estimates to produce about 2 million meals a year at a price of 5 euros per kilo.