Steaks from the 3-D printer

What sounds fantastic can soon become normal everyday life. Eshchar Ben-Shitrit from Tel Aviv has studied our diet. He grew up in a kibbutz where his parents were responsible for slaughtering animals. His conclusion from this is that animals do not have to die for us to eat meat. With his start-up company, he is focusing on the global trend to produce meat artificially. 

This is generally nothing new at first, but Eshchar Ben-Shitrit goes a step further. He uses a 3-D printer to produce the meat. His company „Redefine Meat“ was founded two years ago and has already achieved considerable success. 

Of course his meat is completely vegan. With his printer he can produce 50 steaks within an hour. His company is still being set up, but the first interested parties have already arrived. The first contracts are due to start at the beginning of the new year. By then, his printers will be ready to produce around ten kilos of meat in an hour. From 2021, his alternative meat is to be sold not only in Israel but also in Germany and Switzerland. The first target is luxury restaurants. If the start in Germany and Switzerland is successful, Eshchar Ben-Shitrit wants to offer his product worldwide. 

Is the synthetic fuel coming?

The hydrogen start-up company Sunfire starts industrial production. While in Germany the federal government is still discussing details of the hydrogen strategy, the start-up company from Düsseldorf is already a step ahead. Also other countries are once again one step faster and are already creating facts. In Norway, for example, the first plant is being built to produce synthetic fuel on a large scale. 

Sunfire CEO Carl Berninghausen confirmed to Handelsblatt that the pilot phase has been completed and that the company is now moving towards commercialization. The goal is to produce 10 million liters of the synthetic fuel per year by 2023. With this, Carl Berninghausen wants to show that synthetic fuel works and is economically affordable. He is convinced that others will follow his example.

The Power-to-X-Technology (PtX) is a major building block for the energy turnaround. With the help of a power-based process, CO2 and water are to be converted into hydrogen. The hydrogen can be used to produce synthetic fuels, gas or electricity. 

There is hardly an area in which environmentally friendly hydrogen is not used. While hydrogen still has to be produced from fossil energy sources today, the start-up company shows that there are also completely different ways. Especially in connection with the coal exit, the hydrogen strategy could be a welcome alternative. For example, the steel giant Thyssen-Krupp has already confirmed that it is investing more in hydrogen plants. These are to replace coking coal in the blast furnaces with the highest energy consumption. Japan, Holland and Austria already have their own hydrogen strategies and other countries will certainly follow.

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