Upscaling of Fly Larvae Composting in Sweden as an established waste management practice

Reference number
Coordinator Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet - Institutionen för energi och teknik
Funding from Vinnova SEK 4 970 150
Project duration October 2017 - December 2019
Status Ongoing
Venture Circular economy
Call Circular economy - Development & Innovation projects

Purpose and goal

The purpose of the project is to develop fly larvae composting into a full scale system that can produce raw materials such as fat and proteins for animal feed and plastic production from organic waste. The aim of the project is to increase the value of organic waste in order to close the loop of plant nutrients from the city to food production and reduce the import of food, animal feed (mainly soy protein) and mineral fertilisers.

Expected results and effects

The expected effect is that fly larvae composting will be established as an accepted waste treatment method. The result of the project is the development of modules for; 1. Fly management 2. Waste treatment a. Back module for treating 10kg b. The container module for treatment of 1 ton of waste per day c. Large scale module for treatment of 15 tons per day 3. Separating larvae and compost 4. Processing of the fly larvae for production of feed, plastics and biogas 5. Compost processing

Planned approach and implementation

Develop a solution for efficient waste management on a large scale using FLK module-based systems. Examine the possibilities of using fly larvae protein as high quality feed for production animals. Identify and suggest solutions to problems during system implementation, including for logistics, communication and scheduling of system implementation and customization for different substrates. Evaluate the circular FLK system and propose further improvements to close the loop of nutrients and reduce environmental impacts from the management of organic waste.

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