Transforming CO2 into alternative proteins
What is the Challenge?
Food production contributes to 40% of the global emissions, largely due to its reliance on resource-intensive techniques involving land, plants, and animals. The present method of food production, coupled with high levels of atmospheric CO2, presents a significant challenge. What if there was a way to produce food for people, without agriculture being the starting point?
What is the Solution?
Arkeon’s mission is to enable the large-scale decarbonization of emissions-heavy industries through the innovative production of alternative protein ingredients. Arkeon is advancing a unique approach in protein ingredient production by creating them from the ground up. They have developed the world's first continuous production process that synthesizes all 20 proteinogenic amino acids through a single fermentation process. These amino acids are the fundamental building blocks of proteins and when combined, they encapsulate a complete protein profile essential for human health and nutrition.
Arkeon is revolutionizing food production with its innovative technology combining carbon utilization and amino acid synthesis. This technology stands out for its ability to convert industrial waste CO2 into nutrient-rich food, diverging from traditional methods that rely on raw materials like sugar. By employing archaea microbes, Arkeon's process directly utilizes CO2, enabling the creation of tailored protein ingredients. This approach offers a significant benefit: a single source for all 20 essential amino acids, streamlining the supply chain and enhancing convenience. Moreover, Arkeon's production method is sustainable, aligning with carbon reduction and climate goals while maintaining food-grade quality for human consumption. The versatility of their system is another highlight, offering a myriad of custom ingredient combinations (20^20 variations) to cater to diverse applications. Arkeon's breakthroughs not only tackle the limitations of conventional agriculture-based food production but also pave the way for personalized, sustainable protein solutions.