Tech that turns CO2 into animal feed gets government funding


An initiative that converts carbon dioxide into animal feed is one among 9 agritech initiatives to safe £24m of government funding as a part of a push in direction of extra environment friendly meals manufacturing.

Led by Nottingham firm Deep Branch Biotechnology, the mission will flip carbon dioxide from Drax Group’s Selby energy station in North Yorkshire into a substitute for soy and fishmeal for the animal business.

Deep Branch’s CO2-to-protein course of makes use of carbon dioxide from industrial emissions to generate a single-cell protein that is optimised for animal vitamin.

The carbon recycling firm and Drax Group are a part of the Nottingham-based React-First consortium which is able to obtain greater than £2m for the mission.

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Farming minister Victoria Prentis mentioned: “It’s great to see investment in these outstanding ideas which will help us tackle the farming industry’s greatest challenges, from achieving net zero emissions to investing in sustainable alternative protein for animal feed.”

An extra mission led by Saga Robotics in Lincoln will obtain practically £2.5m to fund its work to create a fleet of robots to assist growers within the UK.

The consortium, which incorporates agri-robotics consultants from the University of Lincoln, mentioned the Robot Highways mission may assist cut back reliance on seasonal labour, estimating a 40% discount within the manpower required.

The intention is to design robots that will help farmers by selecting and packing fruit and treating crops to scale back pests and ailments.

Kent gentle fruit grower Clock House Farm Ltd is a part of the consortium. The know-how additionally goals to assist transfer the sector in direction of a carbon zero future – one thing  the NFU desires the farming business to attain by 2040 – by decreasing fruit waste and fungicide use.

The University of Reading’s School of Agriculture, Policy and Development will consider the financial advantages of the robots, and produce growers, policy-makers and tech builders collectively to create appropriate makes use of for the know-how in farming.

Dr David Rose, affiliate professor of Agricultural Innovation and Extension on the college, mentioned: “Autonomous robotic technologies could play a key role in the future of agricultural production, but only if they are trusted, reliable, and provide a tangible benefit for farmers.”