LUTTEN, THE NETHERLANDS — WEDA Dammann & Westerkamp, a German company specializing in feeding technologies, announced Jan. 17 it has provided a liquid feeding system to EntoGreen, a Portuguese insect ingredient manufacturer, to support the creation of animal protein and organic fertilizer from black soldier fly larvae (BSFL).
The system has been installed at EntoGreen’s main facility in Santarém, Portugal, where it will support the output of 25 tons of larvae per day, according to WEDA. The feeding system leverages a container structure with mixing tanks to feed regional vegetable byproducts from the food industry to the BSFL, effectively adding value back into what would otherwise become food waste. The feed substrate can be combined with a liquid feeding system and utilizes an Intrix dosing mechanism to facilitate precise portioning.
WEDA’s feeding system is equipped with control and process visualization and was developed to serve EntoGreen’s specific needs.
“We worked closely with our partner WEDA on the design and construction,” said Daniel Murta, founder and chief executive officer EntoGreen, who established the company in 2014.
Thanks to the 25-ton daily output allowed by the new feeding system, EntoGreen is already planning a second facility, which is expected to produce up to 210 tons of raw material daily and process up to 45 tons of live larvae, to accommodate future growth. The new facility is expected to begin production in 2025.
“It is easy to scale up for future expansion thanks to its modular design,” noted Gabriel Schmidt, export manager at WEDA.
With this recent innovation and further expansion on the horizon, EntoGreen hopes to accelerate its development of sustainable pet food and animal feed ingredients, as well as organic fertilizer, all while supporting more circular agricultural practices.
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