This is our colleague Yannik Weinreis. He creates efficient planning processes for our projects and works in the area of product research and development. For this purpose, he analyses product characteristics, supervises test series, and tests various valorization strategies. Already during his studies of agricultural sciences (B.Sc.) and agricultural and food economics (M. Sc.) at the University of Bonn, Yannik was a passionate insect enthusiast and wrote both theses on the use of insects as feed and food. His academic background and network help us to identify current trends in the international research landscape and incorporate innovative development opportunities into our concept of regional circular economy.
Our colleague Justus von Sonntag optimizes technology. Here he is checking possible interfaces of our container control system with the control system he co-developes for the TEMIFUGA project at the University of Leipzig for a possible crab breeding system. Justus studied process engineering at Karlsruher Institute for Technologie (KIT) and is familiar with air conditioning technology. His experience in research supports us in the practical implementation of animal breeding. He has been with us for a year in April, and with a doctorate in chemistry, the chemistry is just right.
What our founder Kai Hempel actually intended to do after his studies and how this brought him together with Dr. Jonas Finck to our insect farm you’ll hear in this 5-minute podcast by Hartmut Schade in collaboration with MDR . Thank you for this well done work! In addition, there is a handful of information to read. You can also listen to it on Deutschlandradio. We hope you have as much fun listening to this as we did.
The Genial Sächsisch series of articles in the Sächsische Zeitung presents ideas which improve life. Besides natural cosmetics and a cooking robot, the 6th part of the series is dedicated to us, because our regional and resource-saving animal feed production has a sustainable positive impact on the environment. This impact can be repeated as often as desired due to the modular construction of our plant. From Saxony to the whole world! We thank Sven Heitkamp, author of the article, and Sebastian Willnow, photographer of the article, for their efforts.
Despite the big cold snap over the weekend, our larvae are doing very well. Our modular construction is based on shipping containers, which of course all function independently of each other, regardless of whether it is warm or cold outside. The temperatures in our reproduction containers for our flies and young larvae remain pleasantly warm thanks to the connected biogas plant and the same of course applies to the temperatures for our larvae in the mast containers. Partly there were temperature differences between container temperature and outside temperature of 50C! Only our employees are a bit cold this week – the only thing that helps to stay warm is to keep moving! As our intern Jörn once said “work is the best jacket”. In this sense: no matter if Sahara wind or Arctic cold – we don’t let it get us down.
Last November we won the KfW Award Founding 2020 for the federal state of Saxony. We are very happy about the price and the corresponding n-tv report, which you can watch via this article. In the video you get an insight into our production and our location. Many thanks to KfW Förderbank, Carmen Vallero and Jonas Wrensch for this great contribution.
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 KfW, which 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.