Agência para o Investimento e Comércio Externo de Portugal


In Sines, Portugal, the technology of the German biotech company 350PPM is laying the foundation for a food revolution: together with the Norwegian aquaculture experts from Maiken Foods, the world‘s most sustainable onshore salmon fish farm will be built there in the course of this year. In a first step, the plant in Sines will produce 2,000 tonnes of protein per year from 4,500 tonnes of CO2. In the process, the CO2 exhaled by the salmon will be converted into fish feed, creating a sustainable circular economy.

The basis for this impressive balance is provided by 350PPM's innovative technology: marine bacteria, which essentially feed on CO2 and hydrogen, grow in large tanks. While the CO2 comes from the surrounding production sites, the hydrogen required is produced on site in Sines using green electricity. The marine bacteria consist mainly of protein, the composition of which corresponds to the protein found in fish meal in conventional fish farming and which is obtained from so-called by-catch (young fish, non-edible fish, other marine animals). In conventional aquafarming, up to 5 kilograms of bycatch are needed for 1 kilogram of fish. The protein that 350PPM can produce is a full substitute for fishmeal.


In this respect, the protein produced by 350PPM in Sines not only promotes sea-friendly but also climate-positive fish farming. It also helps to reduce the enormous dependence on protein imports to Europe and thus close the so-called „protein gap“.