Glatt and IE Group commissioned to plan the world’s first integrated precision and mycelium fermentation protein plant

Novemer 15, 2022: A multi-product, industrial scale fermentation production platform for non-animal derived foods will be created for planetary SA in Switzerland.

Planetary SA has started the engineering phase of its first industrial scale bio- and food tech production hub in Switzerland. The overall engineering work is led by Dr. Joachim Schulze, CTO planetary. Planetary’s strategically located production facility is designed to be a first of its kind multi-product microbial fermentation facility, able to produce precision fermented compounds, such as proteins and lipids, as well as biomass from mycelium on a commercial scale. This is the key to lowering costs of alternative protein and generating a measurable impact on world food production.

Conventional agriculture is reaching its limits with regards to natural resource utilization and is a major contributor to man-made GHG emissions. This plant will be the first of many planetary owned facilities around the globe, aimed at providing critically needed microbial bioprocessing capacity for third parties to scale the new food evolution, sustainably. Benefits will be the mitigation of global warming, reduction of water and land consumption related to food production as well as a minimised output of greenhouse gases.

Glatt Ingenieurtechnik will plan the process technology systems, including media supply, process control and automation, as well as the safety technology. IE Group, Lausanne office will design the building and facility infrastructure. The planning team, led by Glatt, will use an integrated engineering approach, applying cross-trade 3D CAD planning, coordination and Building Information Modeling (BIM) with a focus on sustainability and resource efficiency.

About planetary:
Planetary SA is an infrastructure platform designing, building and operating upstream, downstream and formulations capacity and related IP for biomass and precision fermentation players globally. Founded by David Brandes and Dr. Ian Marison, and led by experts in bioprocessing, engineering, product formulations and food markets, we provide solutions to produce biotech enabled alternatives to animal-derived foods at scale. As a fermentation-enabled contract manufacturer, planetary is integrating the value chain from biotechnology to food ingredients. Planetary’s top-to-bottom solution offering R&D services, upstream and downstream processing, as well as food handling all under one roof, is tailored for any company looking to scale their operations and access markets globally.
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About IE Group Switzerland:
IE Group has been familiar with industrial construction for over 56 years. IE Group works as designer, architectural engineer and general contractor. New constructions as well as expansions or intermediate constructions for future-proof industrial buildings are part of its business. Efficient, low-emission, flexible and future oriented industry buildings will be part of our customers success story. IE Group has offices in Zürich and Lausanne, Switzerland and in Munich, Germany with > 300 employees of IE and its direct network.
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