Bio-Conversion Facility Plant
The partnership between a leading global resource-management group and a biotech company is aimed at tackling one of the most pressing global crises to date – food scarcity. The companies chose to develop their bioconversion strategy at a pilot farm in Malaysia because of the country’s abundance of the “black soldier” fly (Hermatia illucens) and the worldwide reach of its aquaculture industry. Haskell developed the facility’s preliminary process design.
Bioconversion is a process in which previously undervalued organic products, such as harvest waste, general food waste and food processing byproducts are converted into a value-added product – protein. Organic wastes are collected, ground and mixed to feed and breed the “black soldier” fly larvae, which is the ideal insect species for this process because it is non-invasive and harmless towards humans. The process takes about two weeks for the process to convert one kilogram of eggs into six tons of larvae. The process ends with the cleaning, washing, drying and grinding of larvae, which are transformed flour, organic fertilizer, oil and protein. The finished product is used in the agricultural sector as fertilizer and for feed for chickens and fish.
The team in Malaysia dedicated nine weeks to developing the preliminary design for the process building of the facility. The scope of the project included a process flow diagram, proposed building layout, process instrument diagram, general drawing and a single line drawing.