Biomass Processing Technology - Bioconversion with insects

Lars-Henrik Lau Heckmann

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Biomass Processing Technology - Bioconversion with insects

Danish Technological Institute has facilities for insect cultivation, and laboratories for characterization of substrate for insect production (biomass) and insect-based products (e.g. food and feed). Furthermore, we have experience with up-scaling of insect production to sub-industrial level.

Insects can efficiently convert low value waste as well as Agricultural and industrial side streams into insect biomass. The resulting biomass is rich on high-quality protein (30-60% protein) and lipids - making it a high value feed for livestock production.

Some types of insects, such as the common housefly, can efficiently convert licestock manure and upcycle other low-grade waste streams. In addition, the bioconversion of livestock manure results in a nutrient rich compost product. However, current EU legislation only permits the use of non-Waste vegetable substrates for insect production for food and feed applications.

Read more about our recent project BIOCONVAL.

What we offer:

  • Business Development
  • Survey of side-streams as substrate for insect production
  • Evaluation of substrate suitability for insect bioconversion
  • Process optimization (automation, mechanisation of production)
  • Nutritional analysis of insects as food and feed
  • Functionalisation of insect-based food and feed
  • Microbiology (food and feed safety)
  • Regulatory affairs (food, feed, tech legislation)
  • Toxicology and allergenicity assessments
  • Sensory (consumer attitude to food)

Equipment for bioconversion with insects:

  • Classified laboratory with facilities for cultivation of insects
  • Laboratories for chemical and microbiological analyses
  • Laboratories for functionalisation and nutritional characterisation
  • Sensory panel