Customer story

HYDROCOW: producing milk protein from carbon and electricity

"We were impressed by the level of professionalism of Spinverse experts, who supported us in putting together our EIC Pathfinder funding application. Spinverse guided our project consortium in crystallising the project plan, deliverables and budgeting, and structured the funding application so that it turned out to be successful. This collaboration gave the technical experts an opportunity to focus on the content and technical details of the project proposal."

Arttu Luukanen, SVP, Solar Foods.

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Funding instrument

Horizon Europe

Solar Foods is leading a groundbreaking HYDROCOW project to develop a novel biotechnology platform introducing new ways for sustainable food, materials, medicine and chemicals production.

Key challenges

In developing their innovative biotechnology platform, the HYDROCOW project takes bold steps by building a carbon-neutral system that works independently from agriculture and photosynthesis. The biotechnology platform will open new ways to produce sustainable food, materials, medicine, and chemicals. The consortium will develop a novel biological tool to produce sustainable milk protein from CO2 and electricity whilst removing cow from the process.

How we reached the goals

At the project planning stage, the HYDROCOW consortium decided to turn to Spinverse to seek their expertise on proposal preparation. Spinverse team helped execute the consortium's project idea into a winning proposal.

Key takeaways

As their first application of the platform, the consortium has chosen to genetically engineer a hydrogen oxidizing bacteria (HOB) to naturally excrete beta-lactoglobulin, which is the major whey protein for example in cow’s milk. In simpler terms, this means developing a novel biological tool to produce sustainable milk protein from CO2 and electricity whilst removing cow from the process.

Impact of the project

The outcome of the HYRDOCOW project has potential to create truly groundbreaking technology for the food industry and make a remarkable impact in the quest of lowering CO2 emissions.

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