New capital for Lyras’ energy- and water-saving technology

Published On: July 9, 2024Categories: Collaborations, News

Lyras, whose technology saves 60 to 90 percent energy and 60 to 80 percent water compared to old-fashioned pasteurization, receives major new investment from, among others, The Ewers family, Bagger-Sørensen Equity A/S, Nygaard Seed Investment ApS and Brdr. Colding Properties Aps.

“We are pleased that both our existing investors and a new major player, the Ewers family, are buying into Lyras’ journey towards saving the climate large amounts of CO2 and at the same time becoming a profitable business. Our investors support the technology that Lyras has developed, which has seen great interest from the global market. With the new investments, Lyras stands solidly in the next step of our commercialization,” says Mark Kalhøj Andersen, CEO of Lyras. The company’s vision is to save the climate from the emission of at least one million tonnes of CO2 from the process and food industry before 2030.

Well equipped for global scaling

“Lyras has spent the year 2023 refining its technology in collaboration with some of the biggest players in the dairy and enzyme industry. We have gained global customers such as Arla, Friesland Campina and Novonesis. That is invaluable in planning to scale globally. The next phase of the commercialization of raslysation means that Lyras’ focus on sales and business development will increase, which the capital injection makes possible,” adds Søren Birn, CEO of Bagger-Sørensen Equity A/S. He takes over the chairmanship of the board of Lyras after Executive Vice President Scandinavia in the window group Inwido AB, Mads Storgaard Mehlsen, who will continues on the board as a member.

Big difference in energy-intensive and water-consuming processes

“Lyras’ promising technology has the potential to make a big positive difference in the industry’s energy-intensive and water-consuming processes. We are convinced that our new investment will bring both environmental and financial benefits. We are happy to contribute to raslysation becoming widespread throughout the world,” says Thomas Ewers from the Ewers Family.

In addition to the Ewers family, several of the existing investors have contributed to ensuring Lyras’ continued growth. It concerns Bagger-Sørensen Equity A/S, Brdr. Colding Ejendomme Aps, Nygaard Seed Investment and Lyras Holding ApS.

Higher yield and full microbial control

Lyras’ technology, raslysation, gently inactivates microorganisms in opaque liquids such as whey, juice, brine, soft drinks, syrups, brewery products and industrial fermentation with UV light.

In addition to saving water and energy, raslysation provides higher product yields and maintains full microbial control with lower operating costs. Because heating of the product is avoided, more valuable vitamins and proteins are preserved, so that high product quality and better yields are achieved. Raslysation can also be used as a substitute for depth filtration. Here, the technology ensures higher yields and an increased degree of automation in the production process.

Lyras’ system has so far been installed at Arla Foods, Friesland Campina, the enzyme giant Novonesis and at several other companies in European countries, Australia and the USA. Lyras’ goal is to implement raslysation in the food industry all over the world and thereby contribute to reducing the total CO2 emissions and to significantly increasing food safety globally.

For further information, please contact: Mark Kalhøj Andersen, CEO, Lyras tel: 25 46 63 01

Facts about Lyras and raslysation

Lyras has developed the ground-breaking technology raslysation. It inactivates microorganisms in beverages and other opaque liquids using UV light. With raslysation, between 60 and 90 percent energy and 60 to 80 percent water are saved compared to traditional pasteurization.

If a dairy producing 40 tons of whey per hour switches to raslysation instead of traditional pasteurization, it will emit approx. 850 tonnes of CO2 less per year (based on EU average). This corresponds to the energy consumption of driving 164 times around the world in an ordinary petrol car.

Raslysation uses a UV light source that is equipped with a light filter that concentrates a certain type of light. Liquid is directed past the light in a controlled movement so that everything is illuminated. This effectively inactivates all unwanted microorganisms. At the same time, more of the original flavor as well as vitamins and proteins are preserved.