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mutherhrg OP t1_itiagjs wrote

>What input materials are being turned into protein?

>Calysseo is a joint venture between global animal feed additives supplier Adisseo and protein innovator Calysta, which uses natural gas (methane) to grow a naturally occurring bacteria, producing a safe SCP.

So methane it is.

>How does carbon monoxide end up in protein?

Complex chemical reactions being used by the bacteria transforming the substance into protein. Basically, a large bioreactor.

>What are the microbes being fed. What are these protein substances that we would see in one of the fermenters? Is it a goopy film that is dried?

Hard to say, there's a dozen different types of this processes using different microbes, different feedstock , some of it is being trade secrets, you need to actually go inside the factory to know the details. The final product is basically pellets, but there's no telling what by-products are produced, or the steps taken to process it into the pellet form. It just opened after all and this kinds of industrial protein factories aren't very common. Maybe in 10 years when there's thousands of this factories across the world, we'll know more about it.


TerpenesByMS t1_itjsn9z wrote

That's wild, input carbon for industrial food chain coming from petrochem. We definitely live in the future.


mutherhrg OP t1_itju3w2 wrote

There's also dozens other versions that use combinations of carbon monoxide, hydrogen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide etc etc so there's lots of potential there


Green__lightning t1_itmiysh wrote

They can make drinkable alcohol from oil too, but they won't let them sell it, at least here.


aPicOfTheWorld t1_itme602 wrote

I work in a factory like this, not in China, neither do we make fish supplements.
U won't see anything In the fermenter but brown water that smells like shit, don't forget, this is basically just biomass.