DENMARK – Insectum ApS has unveiled a cost-effective and transportable black soldier fly facility that offers a 75 percent reduction in capital expenditure for its operators, positioning itself to address the growing global demand for protein and fat sustainably.

The company’s innovative approach utilizes organic by- and waste products to produce black soldier fly larvae, offering a versatile solution for applications in food, pet food, aquaculture, agricultural animals, and various technical products, including fertilizers.

Insectum is poised to make a significant contribution over the coming decades to meet the growing global demand for protein and fat,” Kristian Scheef Madsen, board member of Insectum stated.

We are excited to create strong businesses together with franchise partners around the world who share our desire to make a positive difference for the climate, the environment, and the food system.”

He noted that the modular solution developed by Insectum is characterized by its simplicity, quick assembly, and ease of transport.

Securing patents in major markets such as the USA, China, India, the EU, and other countries across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and South America, Insectum is preparing to introduce its system in a franchise model.”

According to research done by the company, Black soldier fly larvae are a key component of their system due to their rapid growth, high protein and fat content.

In addition, their ability to be fed with organic by- and waste products from various industries, including the food industry, food waste, livestock manure, and agricultural by-products places them in a better position in the company’s system. 

According to the company, the modular production units, produced by partners in Denmark and Germany, are delivered as plug-and-play units via ship, train, or truck.

Kristian added that the units are assembled into production facilities of the desired size near the organic by- and waste products, providing a flexible and mobile solution.

Notably, he stated there is no need for traditional building construction, making the system highly adaptable and able to be relocated if the feed basis for a facility changes.

Insectum’s production system is based on well-known and tested technology integrated into recycled insulated shipping containers. Each production unit, known as a tower, consists of two modules—a “nursery” and a “breeding unit”—connected vertically,” he said.

Insectum’s technology could potentially reduce establishment costs by up to 75% compared to industry standards, assuming a production facility with a volume of 100 tons of larvae per day.

Founded in 2018, Insectum has navigated a challenging development process to arrive at a sustainable and innovative solution.

We are proud that we now have a solution that can make a major contribution to strengthening the global feed and food systems,” Jørgen Hestholm, a key employee at Insectum, noted.

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