From the first shipping container in production to the complete production plant and from the foundation to the finished office complex. An incredible amount has happened for us and that despite the global pandemic occuring in this year. All this was only possible because of the sweat, commitment and ambition of our team and all our partners. A big thank you to each one of you! We are now starting the new year with great confidence and will continue on our course.
Here our black soldier flies cavort in the Reproduction module. As you can see, we feel very comfortable among our flies. Only those who are visiting us for the very first time have fear of contact. In this module, they lay the eggs from which larvae later hatch and is therefore of great importance as it determines our amount of larvae and thus of protein meal. The entire output of our plant is therefore determined by this module. Currently we still use some quantities for reproduction, but in the future we plan to use only a small part of 5%. This percentage is sufficient to keep our production quantities at the same high level.
We are state winners of the KfW competition Gründen 2020! Many thanks for this to thefunding bank KfW. KfW is one of the leading funding banks in the world. Since 1948 it has been committed to improving economic, social and ecological living conditions worldwide. In the KfW competition, more than 500 companies were evaluated according to their degree of innovation, creativity and their assumption of social and ecological responsibility. We are particularly pleased to have been selected under these criteria. So that we can also win the Audience Award, vote for us here.
We would like to thank Eva Piepenbrock, editorial manager of f3 magazine. She visited us at the beginning of this year and published a very readable and exciting article about us including this schematic representation of our modules. Here you can see the individual steps of our production. Insect breeding is very innovative and we see ourselves as pioneers in this field. Therefore we are very happy about this graphic, which shows very clearly what we do and especially how we do it exactly. To explain our production and the individual steps of our work is a complex task, which was mastered with this graphic! Access to the full article at f3.de.
The heart of our plant: the technology. You can see the development from the beginning of this year until now. As you can see, this room has been filled with everything from cables and pipes to the most important highlight: a coffee machine. Compared to the total size of the plant of 2500m2, this area is manageable, but it forms the center. Our future installations are extremely flexible: we can customize them according to your needs and location, from a low level of automation with higher manpower requirements to a high level of automation with lower manpower requirements.
This week we received an elementary final part of our production. This was positioned in the part of the hall where the processing, the last steps in the production for the production of the protein flour, is located. In order to complete our plant before the end of this year, the individual modules now only have to be connected to each other. This machine, like most of our individual parts, has been manufactured in close cooperation with our suppliers and on the idea of both managing directors, Kai Hempel and Jonas Finck, only for madebymade. Due to the perfect size of a shipping container this part is as always scalable and fits exactly into our concept. In the future several thousand kilos of larvae will be processed here. What do you think this could be?
A pleasant nutty smell led the whole team to our oil press to admire and smell our final product. It is produced during pressing of the dried larvae of our black soldier flies. This last step of production increases the ratio of protein to fat; the protein flour has a residual fat content of less than 8% and a protein content of over 40%. It contains essential amino acids and can be used in many ways in the feed industry.
Insight into our plant: our modules for rearing the BSF larvae are located behind our 1400m² production plant. The containers are delivered when they can no longer be used at sea. We then remove the front wall and party the side walls. In this way we can stack our rearing trays to their full height. We use vertical farming and thus achieve the greatest possible area utilization for produced proteins/m². We could theoretically even go higher – only the ceiling prevents us from doing so. We see a clear advantage here because we can scale to more height than other comparable concepts.
We are happy to be part of this year’s European Week of Regions and Cities. This Thursday, October 15th, our colleague Charlott will give a lecture about us with a special focus on our concept of recycling management. This online exchange with other European projects serves to promote the local bio-economy and to exchange experiences. Charlotte Jacobsen from the Technical University in Denmark, who is doing research on the prevention of waste in aquaculture (https://www.waseabi.eu/). Patricia Sanchez will present the Blue Islands project, which aims to avoid waste accumulation in the sea (https://blueislands.interreg-med.eu/). We are looking forward to further exchange and possibilities!
We use the black soldier fly in our insect breeding plant. They are very suitable for industrial breeding because of its special characteristics. All they need is a pleasant environment. This means above all the right temperature and light conditions. Besides, they do not need any food; water is completely sufficient. The larvae of the black soldier fly are also able to utilize organic residues. The fact that they can use a huge amount of different inputs in their food selection makes them the perfect cadidates for the implementation of a circular economy. This is what distinguishes this insect species. We are their biggest fans!