|Project Summary||Project Information|
The EPA estimates that 95% of food waste is destined for landfills or incinerators. At RIT, 1.3 tons of food waste per week is sent to a bio-digester off campus. Black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) composting can be used to recover more wastes for composting due to their ability to compost meats and oils. A continuous system for black soldier fly larvae composting would enable facilities to efficiently compost more waste with a smaller footprint, eliminating the environmental effects of hauling waste to landfills and bio-digester facilities. This continuous system would be easy to clean, allow larvae to migrate for harvesting, and allow flies to lay eggs. This system would also be suitable in climates that are not naturally suited for BSFL. Current systems are a Batch process which needs frequent cleaning, has a design that is too deep for larvae to operate, and is not good for small batches.
The goals of this project are to develop a functioning continuous system for rearing BSFL in an indoor shed with a 1 square meter footprint. In order for the system to be continuous, the larvae must thrive, and pupae must be removed three times a week. The system must be able to process at least 12kg of Gracie’s food waste per day. The expected end requirement is a working prototype, a technical paper, test results, an operator’s manual and assistance for the EPA P3 Expo in April 2017.
|Taylor Hogan||ISE||Group Leaderemail@example.com|
|Erinne Munie||BME||Project Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
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