CO2 to animal feed tech gets £3m funding: £3 million of funding from Innovate UK has been secured by an innovative carbon recycling project which turns industrial emissions into animal feed.

Carbon dioxide from Drax Power’s Selby power station will be used by the biotechnology company Deep Branch, the REACT-FIRST project will apply its carbon-to-protein technology to generate food for fish and poultry.

Expected to shrink carbon impacts by up to 75%, use minimal water and will not require arable land, the process uses microbes to convert carbon dioxide emissions and turn them into high-value proteins.

Amanda Solloway, Science Minister said: “To protect our environment and meet our world-leading target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, we must harness the very best of UK innovation across all sectors, supporting the most creative and pioneering ideas.”

CEO of Deep Branch, Peter Rowe said: “Projects like REACT-FIRST are key to help the industry move towards achieving net-zero emissions. Currently, most animal feed protein sources are imported from overseas, making the UK dependent on complicated and fragile supply chains.” 

The University of Edinburgh, the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre, the University of Stirling and Sainsbury’s are amongst a consortium of ten industry and academic partners which are supporting the project.

CO2 to animal feed tech gets £3m funding

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