Process and Control Today | Bühler opens Insect Technology Center to support customers in the feed and food industries
30/05/2022 Buhler AG
Bühler Group officially opens its world-class Insect Technology Center (ITC). Located in Uzwil, Switzerland, the facility brings together Bühler’s experience and the best infrastructure to help the industry grow even further. At the ITC, Bühler and his clients can conduct larval growth tests with a variety of raw materials, develop product samples, evaluate breed solutions, and train. The ITC, which received funding from the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (OFEN) for its contribution to a more sustainable food system, is now up and running.
“The opening of the Insect Technology Center is an important milestone in our journey. Over the past few years, we have gained experience and maturity to serve different customers in the insect industry with the most appropriate and reliable solutions. With our new facility, we are expanding our services and can even better support our customers in the installation of an industrial insect plant, ”says Andreas Baumann, head of insect technology in the market segment. of Bühler.
At the heart of the Center are two insect growth chambers that can mimic the conditions of industrial production. These chambers have a sophisticated climate control system and are equipped with numerous sensors that provide valuable process information. From the data collected, the appropriate parameters and practices can be determined to finally ensure efficient production of insects on an industrial scale. At ITC, it is possible to work with the two most important insect species for industrial production, namely blackflies and flour worms.
“A company that wants to build an industrial plant of insects has to cover several operative appearances. It includes finding the right raw material to raise the larvae, making sure there is a strong and suitable insect strain to grow, defining suitable climatic environments in relation to the larval growth cycle, or obtaining the necessary emission data. for the authorization process “, says Andreas Baumann. All these issues are essential for a successful insect plant project and can be addressed at the new Bühler Insect Technology Center. In addition to the services offered to customers , the Bühler team will perform its own tests, thus constantly improving the technology and services for the insect market.
Acceleration of insect plant projects
The ITC aims to accelerate large-scale insect plant initiatives. By using the new test facility, customers may not need to invest in expensive pilot plants to demonstrate technological viability. Seeing the technology of industrial insects in action makes it tangible, allowing customers to directly visualize commercially attractive plant sizes. Because insect growth chambers are mobile, they can be shipped anywhere, making the infrastructure accessible to customers around the world. “In combination with the exchange of operational knowledge, we see huge potential to reduce the total time from the project idea to a successful plant,” says Andreas Baumann.
Contribute to a circular economy
Bühler is committed to ambitious goals that will help mitigate climate change and build a more sustainable food system. Insects are a healthy and sustainable source of protein for food and feed. In addition, their waste can be used as fertilizer, contributing to a circular economy production model. The market for insect feed proteins is expected to reach half a million metric tons by 2030. By then, the pet food sector is expected to occupy 30% and aquaculture 40% of the volume. total insect protein. “We are dedicated to supporting the industry to its full potential. Over the last few years we have gained maturity and acquired the skills to help the industry grow even more. With proven technologies in our portfolio, we are ready to allowing our customers to bring insect-based products to market, ”explains Andreas Baumann.
You can visit the Insect Technology Center during the Bühler Networking Days 2022.
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