Our turnkey model allows us to take the full responsibility of operating the WheyAway systems and treating acid whey onsite.
Capro-X is an agritech spin-off from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. We are increasing sustainability in the dairy industry by solving the acid whey waste problem prevalent in Greek yogurt production. Our WheyAway bioconversion system uses naturally occurring microbes to upgrade dairy waste streams into clean water and natural bio-oils.
The Sustainable Whey
The Greek yogurt industry is booming! Over 60 million gallons of Greek yogurt are consumed by the US every year.
Each cup of Greek yogurt produces more than 3 cups of waste, also known as acid whey.
Whey Makes Waste
Every day, Greek yogurt producers handle 300,000 gallons of acid whey waste. Most of it is trucked around to local farms.
The remainder is sent to wastewater treatment plants – at a significant financial and environmental cost.
Away With Whey
By treating even just 10% of the acid whey produced in NY, Capro-X can yield 500,000 gallons of bio-oil per year.
This onsite solution will prevent 10,00 tons of greenhouse gas emissions caused by trucking the waste.
The bio-oils produced by the WheyAway system are natural, food-safe, and sustainable alternatives to palm oil. Capro-X performs all post-processing to prepare these oils for wholesale to food companies where they will be used as flavor and fragrance enhancers.
Doing Away With Whey
Our WheyAways are easy to install, packaged systems provided through a service contract – customers simply pay per gallon of whey treated, with no up-front costs.
With a Capro-X WheyAway, Greek yogurt producers can focus on what they do best – making Greek yogurt – without the hassle of handling acid whey wastes!
Meet the Founders
Capro-X is led by a dedicated team with extensive experience in water treatment, startup commercialization, and process design.
Dr. Juan JL Guzman
Juan has dedicated his career to commercializing novel biological technologies, ranging from microbial fuel cells, to novel fermentations, that extract value from waste. Juan is a co-developer of Capro-X’s central technology which produces natural chemicals from dairy byproducts through a specialized sustainable and natural fermentation. He received his PhD in Biological & Environmental Engineering from Cornell University in 2017.
Dr. Largus T. Angenent
Lars is a Humboldt Professor at the University of Tübingen in the area of Environmental Biotechnology. His research focuses on optimizing bacteria to synthesize chemicals and fuels. He previously was a full professor at Cornell University, where he advised co-founder and CEO Juan Guzman during his doctoral studies. Lars is the recipient of several awards, including the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award and the U.S. National Academy of Science’s Kavli Fellowship.