Indoor B.C. facility set to grow plant-based protein derived from water lentils

Pontus Protein Ltd., a Vancouver-based company founded in 2018, will be using an aquaponics system to grow water lentils as a source of plant-based protein.

Water lentils, which are a part of the duckweed plant family, will be grown in a network of proprietary closed environment vertical aquaponics system farms, utilizing artificial intelligence, to produce plant-based protein.

Pontus Protein Powder boasts a 42.1 per cent protein content produced from water lentils, that is high in antioxidants, essential vitamins and minerals, grown without the use of solvents, chemicals, dyes, additives, preservatives, or pesticides, the company says.

The crop can be harvested every 24 hours.

Pontus’ proprietary Closed Environment Vertical Aquaponics System or CEVAS system, uses 95 per cent less water than traditional agriculture, says the company. Biosecurity measures aimed at reducing or eliminating cross-contamination, or exposure to harmful diseases or biological agents will be employed at the facility.

Illustration of Pontus’ Planned, Integrated Aquaponics Facility at Surrey BC, Canada (CNW Group/Pontus Protein Ltd.)

According to the company’s website, a 20,570 square foot processing farm near Surrey, B.C. is currently under construction.

Pontus Protein Ltd, formerly known as AmWolf Capital Corp, recently completed is qualifying transaction in January, and trades on the TSX under the symbol HULK.

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