Techno-economic models are critical for process design and cost of goods projections. Open-access models based on generalized or exemplar processes with standardized unit operations and process designs can form the foundation for individual companies’ work, reducing duplicative effort. Furthermore, they can be used to identify key cost drivers and opportunities for process improvements to guide future research efforts. A cultivated meat techno-economic analysis is currently underway by CE Delft with support from GFI, but similar efforts are needed for microbial fermentation and plant-based meat production processes.
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Open-access product formulation specifications could provide clear metrics and objectives for product developers on attributes like taste, price, nutrition, and ingredient ratios.
The availability of more open-access formulations will provide a foundation to enable both academic researchers and startup companies to develop their own customized formulations with far less effort and cost.
Animal cell metabolism within cultivators can produce useful co-product side streams that provide monetary value to the manufacturer while creating a novel source of inputs for other industries. Potential side…
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