Potential of using Black Soldier Fly Larvae to convert waste biomass to lipids

By Hochschule Bremerhaven

This study aimed to investigate the potential of using Hermetia illucens (L.) commonly called as Black Soldier fly larvae (BSFL) to upcycle organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW) into lipids, protein, and chitin. BSFL have a naturally diverse diet and can decompose biological material and rather low-value waste streams into highly concentrated protein meal and lipids, which are already used worldwide as animal feed.

The results of this study provide valuable insights to BSFL composition when fed on OFMSW.


  • No significant change in calorific value was observed with the inclusion of OFMSW in larvae feed.
  • Average weight of larvae over time is not affected by the different inclusions of OFMSW. 
  • Highest weight of larvae was observed on Day 5. 
  • The free fatty acids profile of larvae fed with OFMSW inclusion shows slight variatons in FFA profile with high shares of C12, C16, and C18:1 free fatty acids.

Upcycling of Municipal Solid Waste with Hermetia illucens (L.)

by T. Chaturvedi 1 , T. M. Shou 2, M. Nøhr 2, S. Rudnyckyj 1, M. H. Thomsen 1
1 AAU Energy, Aalborg University, Niels Bohrs Vej 8 6700 Esbjerg, Denmark
2 ENORM Biofactory, Flemming, Denmark


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 101007130.