Where will the energy for Precision Fermentation and Cellular Agriculture come from?

 |  6 May 2024

Precision Fermentation and Cellular Agriculture could be a leading example of technologies within an industry that leverages SWB Superpower.

  • RethinkX research has shown that alongside the disruption of food and agriculture driven by Precision Fermentation (PF) and Cellular Agriculture (CA) in the 2020s there will be an equally profound disruption of energy based on solar, wind and batteries (SWB).

  • Any solar, wind and battery (SWB) based energy system must be sized for the most challenging weeks of winter weather, and will therefore naturally produce an extremely large surplus of clean electricity during other times of year. We call clean energy super power, or SWB Superpower for short. 

  • Policymakers, investors and other decision-makers should plan for super power production by solar, wind and battery as well as super power consumption by individual businesses or entire industries that are able to flexibly utilize a seasonal superabundance of clean electricity.

  • PF and CA could be the leading examples within an industry that leverages super power.

 

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We are on the cusp of the deepest, fastest, most consequential disruption in food and agricultural production since the first domestication of plants and animals 10,000 years ago.

Modern alternatives to our industrial livestock model will be up to 100 times more land efficient, 10-25 times more feedstock efficient, 20 times more time efficient and 10 times more water efficient. They will also produce less waste.

Moreover, the disruption to the food and agriculture sector will coincide with the disruption of the energy sector by SWB. The disruption of SWB will create a superabundance of clean energy that will help to power our future global food systems.

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