Heightened demand for plant-based protein sources has led to the creation of many new and innovative products and Finland's Solar Foods makes a vegan protein powder using minerals, air and electricity. The company set out to create a product that could be made regardless of the weather, climate or agriculture of the future. The single-cell protein is made by electrolyzing water to create hydrogen, which is combined with carbon dioxide and minerals to feed the microbes that create protein.
Solar Foods plans to start commercial production of its sustainable nutrient-rich protein in 2020. As Solar Foods CEO Pasi Vainikka says, "Our goal is to develop the protein into a high-quality product whose environmental impact will be 10 to 100 times smaller than those of meat products or their substitutes currently in the market."