Final meeting in Bremerhaven
On the 26th and 27th of September members of the FLEXI-GREEN FUELS project gathered for a face-to-face meeting in Denmark. This time the consortium was hosted by the partner GreenLab in Skive.
In addition to the eager exchange of all consortium members about the latest results as well as about upcoming tasks the agenda also included the visit of GreenLab’s energy park and ENORM’s facilities.
GreenLab’s industrial park is a green, circular energy park, where sustainable energy is generated and supplied to the park’s companies.
Further, the energy is then transformed into heat, electro fuels, and other green products.
All the companies in GreenLab will be part of the SymbiosisNetTM, an intelligent network of energy and data under development.
The system connects industries as they establish their operations to enable exchange of surplus energy and resources.
The energy park was of particular interest for the consortium because it is a potential location for the FLEXI-GREEN FUELS project.
The current companies of the energy park are: Vestijyllands Andel (starfish factory), NOMI 4’s waste facility (waste handling), Stiesdal (carbon capture and storage), Quantafuel (production of chemical oil/recycling of plastic), GreenLab Skive Biogas (biogas plant) and GreenLab Skive Wind (solar and wind energy production).
On the second day of the project meeting, the consortium members visited ENORM’s facilities, where fat, proteins and fibre are being produced from Black Soldier Fly Larvae (BSFL). In the FLEXI-GREEN FUELS project, the BSFL are converting sugars into lipids which are then further upgraded to shipping and aviation biofuels.
The visit was particularly exciting as the FLEXI-GREEN FUELS team got a first-hand look at the new operations of ENORM, aiming for the production capacity of 100 tons of living larvae per day.
During the site tour the project members were able to visit the entire production flow of the larvae.
The Black Soldier Flies as a species have a lifecycle between 40-60 days and can reproduce quite effectively, since every female lays between 700-1200 eggs.
The flies are held in cages, where they produce and lay eggs. Then, the eggs are transferred to incubation stalls to hatch.
As a next step, the seed larvae are mixed with feed and stored in growth stalls until they can be harvest and processed into fat, proteins and fibre. It is worth mentioning that the larvae have a high feeding converting rate since 1-1.5 kg feed is needed to produce 1 kg of larvae.
The meeting concluded successfully and the consortium partners will carry on with their work until the final project meeting, which will take place in Bremerhaven, Germany.