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TerViva’s Pongamia Protein & Oil

Producing plant protein and vegetable oil from a carbon-negative source

April 2021
Gallery TerViva’s Pongamia Protein & Oil 1
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TerViva aims to produce tasty and nourishing plant protein and vegetable oil from the sustainable legume tree Pongamia. TerViva farms a reforestation tree species (Pongamia) to make food ingredients. Pongamia beans have been used in ayurvedic medicine for over a millennium; however, their bitter flavour has prevented them from being used as a food. TerViva's processing IP has enabled to unlock the value of Pongamia beans as a food ingredient.

Label Date April 19, 2021
By TerViva
From United States
Maturity stage Prototype testing in the real world
Looking For Network, New clients, Visibility, Funding, Partners, Credibility

The environmental benefits

  • Pongamia crops yields 4-5x more beans per acre than the best yielding US soybeans
  • Pongamia protein 85 is highly soluble with low viscosity and a high Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) of 0.85 - greater than pea or rice and comparable to soy protein
  • Culinary pongamia oil is a beautiful golden color, contains high amounts of healthy fats such as Omega-9 and has a buttery flavor with a rich mouthfeel that closes the gap between plant-based dairy products and their animal-based counterparts
  • Each kilogram of TerViva protein displacing soy and pea protein translate into 4.87 kg of CO2e savings on average
  • The GHG footprint of a kilogram of TerViva protein is estimated to be 1.9 kgCO2e per kilogram of protein content, 93% lower on average than animal-based protein and 74% lower on average than other plant-based proteins
  • Pongamia trees naturally sequester carbon, improve soil health, and improve local biodiversity

The Financial benefits

  • By 2026, TerViva will have a 45% gross margin on each MT of pongamia beans
  • TerViva protein product cost is 95% lower than the highest cost for alternative proteins (which is whey protein)
  • TerViva is establishing projects with its growers and partners to sell carbon offsets and credits for ecosystem services into voluntary markets

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North america

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TerViva delivers tasty and nourishing protein and oil ingredients from the pongamia tree.

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Headquarters Oakland, CA 94612, USA

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Boundless Impact Research & Analytics

The Solar Impulse Foundation and Boundless collaborate to give those companies that Boundless already evaluated for their superior environmental performance an opportunity to apply for this label in an expedited fashion. Through that streamlined process, clean tech companies gain access to new international markets and increased visibility and easier access to the Solar Impulse Foundation’s community of investors, and global business partners.

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