Solar Foods raises €18.5M to transform air into protein

Key facts:

  • Solar Foods, a Finnish startup raised a €18.5M series A led by Fazer Group (with €15M) and Agronomics (€3M). Lifeline Ventures and CPT Capital also participated in this round.
  • The startup, which had already raised more than €2M in the last couple of years, works on an innovative process which extracts creates a protein (Solein in the case of Solar Foods) out of CO2 (i.e. the carbon in the atmosphere which is a cause of climate change) with the use of water and electricity.
  • Solar Foods, with Deep Branch Technology and Air Protein is a part of a handful of startups working on this potentially revolutionary technology

Why it matters – DigitalFoodLab’s opinion:

Even if it may appear as futuristic, this technology has a lot of potentials. Many steps remain before its mass production, notably its profitability at scale. As noted above, it consumes electricity, water and also requires the addition of nutrients to produce proteins. Interestingly, Fazer, the lead investor in a leading food corporation in Finland. It is notable to see the direct implication of such a traditional (more than a century old) and large company in such a long shot. As announced in 2019, Fazer is exploring ways to explore Solein (Solar Foods’ protein) in its products. This renewed interest in the form of a €15M investment (significant form a €1.1B net sales and €50M profit company) may be the best proof that there is something serious there.

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