A Nottingham-based project that converts carbon dioxide into clean animal feed has received a £2m grant from the UK Government to generate clean, sustainable food for fish and poultry with an up to 75% smaller carbon footprint.

Led by Deep Branch Biotechnology, the project will use a unique technology to turn carbon dioxide from Drax Power’s Selby power station into animal with minimal water usage without the need for arable farmland.

The project will run under a newly formed consortium called REACT-FIRST that will work with leading retailer Sainsbury’s as well as the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre to integrate into the fish and poultry supply chain.

“Working with the best of British science, we are turning our most creative ideas into pioneering projects that will accelerate our transition to net zero food production, boost jobs and drive forward the UK’s economic recovery,” said Science Minister Amanda Solloway. 

The animal feed project is one of nine projects to benefit from a £24m package from the UK Government, which is applying big data, artificial intelligence and robotics to UK farming, with the aim of establishing a more efficient system of food production.

“From robotics assisting our farmers in fruit picking, to technology that converts CO2 to clean animal feed, the incredible projects we are backing today represent the future of farming,” Solloway continued.