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Under the name „Waste2Protein“, madebymade GmbH received a grant under the program „Life“, which is initiated by the European Union. The Life program is an EU instrument, which financially supports environmental, nature and climate protection and conservation projects. Every year, only a specific selection of projects is elected for this aid. We are very happy to have been chosen and be supported in this way.

Project title

Pilot plant for insect protein production from biowaste as sustainable alternative to fish and soy meal for animal feed


LIFE18 ENV/DE/000011

Project location

Pegau, Germany


  • To create a circular economy by using organic residues to produce valuable protein based on insect base. This generates new value chains and economic possibilities in Europe.
  • Reduction of green house gas emissions by substrating fish and soy flour in pet feed with sustainable insect protein. Dispersion due to the modular construction of the plant. Fast scaling of the plant to offer insect protein in large amounts on the market.
  • Conservation of biodiversity by proction of alternative proteins.
  • Reduction of pesticides, landuse, residues.


Schulz Systemtechnik (SST) is one of the leading automation systems developer. Their location is in Visbek, Germany. The company is certified after ISO 9001 and has experience in the automation of industrial plants in the agricultural sector.


Project budget in total:               2,795,247 Euro                                

Financial funding by the EU:      1,238,001 Euro (55%)

Time period


End: 14.7.2022


We are lucky that despite COVID-19 we are not too restricted and are able to work. The majority our team is in home office, and the construction phase is getting more and more exciting. We welcome our new team member: our forklift “Gabi”. Our Minister president, Michael Kretschmer, looks in detail at our sustainable products at the Career start fair (24.01.20 – 26.01.20). Not just the minister president, but also an amount of curious students showed interest for our work.