Hey this is Spring, I learned about BSF in early 2013 and ever since then I have dedicated my effort in this field. I am the funder of SymtonBSF, and a co-funder at EVO Conversion Systems, currently pursuing PhD degree with Dr. Jeff Tomberlin and serving as Chief Technician at JM Green. In the past few years we have been working closely together as partners to develop cool technologies and push the industry forward, and here I am going to put together an brief introduction of what's in place in our China factory.
A ground breaking technology we developed was the food waste preserving technique using probiotics. During the day to day operation, the biggest challenge we faced was the inconsistent food waste amount coming in the facility everyday. With the designed handling capacity of 200 tons per day (believe or not, it's not even covering a district of Beijing), the variation of actual collection is huge! Some days we can only collect 50 tons, and the following day there will be over 200 tons. It won't be wise to keep the colony at 200 tons level as we might not be getting enough food for the larvae for the most time, but we can't keep it too low as if there were too many food waste came in, we don't have enough larvae for the food, and the food will rot if not being processed in a timely manner. So creating a buffer between waste collection and larval production is a critical segment in the flow design. Now we have created a bank of food waste, sitting there ready for use for feeding, depending on what's needed for the larval stock.
Like running any factories, labor cost is the biggest concern comes down to operation, and this factory, thanks for the automation we developed, only have 6 labors plus 2 floor managers. All machines in this factory are custom made to fit the local situation of Beijing, for example, the complex contamination of the waste (plastic bags, broken glass, even false teeth, etc.). The automation level is still improving thanks for the strong collaboration.
Individuals with over 25 years research experience with the black soldier fly. We are passionate about the science behind the black soldier fly and its ability to convert waste to protein.
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