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Reactive conversion


Sustainable food can be conjured out of thin air.

Now a Hamburg-based startup has used CO2 to manufacture oil alternatives. CO2 is placed in a bioreactor with different bacteria and converted into oil.

Using yeast makes the oil suitable for cosmetic or cleaning products; oxyhydrogen bacteria, meanwhile, means it can be used for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), lubricant or bioplastics for packaging materials.

By 2030, the team is aiming to have processed over a million tons of CO2. The team’s patented fermentation process generates 100 times less CO2 than conventional methods of producing vegetable oils.

Whereas alternatives to food-grade palm oil make do with sugarcane and corn waste

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