Situated at the Factory Lisbon site, MicroHarvest transformed a section of its office space into a fully equipped lab and pilot plant within a mere half-year.
“The speed at which we achieved this demonstrates that we possess the right team and technology to make sustainable protein readily available on a large scale,” emphasized Jonathan Roberz, MicroHarvest’s COO. “This holds crucial significance as we must minimize our food systems’ ecological footprint to stay within planetary boundaries.”
MicroHarvest’s proprietary technology aims to sustainably produce high-quality protein ingredients, boasting over 60% raw protein within a 24-hour timeframe. The company asserts that its approach significantly reduces resource and raw material consumption compared to traditional methods, offering highly competitive, scalable, and consistent protein solutions for the animal feed, pet food, and human nutrition sectors.
“This pilot plant serves as tangible evidence of the scalability of our process,” emphasized Luísa Cruz, MicroHarvest’s CTO. “With a lower investment compared to alternative technologies, and within a mere 200 square meters, we can achieve a daily production of 25 kgs.”
The official launch of the plant took place during a November 16 event attended by MicroHarvest partners and investors.
The unveiling of the pilot plant follows MicroHarvest’s strategic partnership with a venture capital firm, contributing to the company’s total funding exceeding €10 million.