|Project Summary||Project Information|
Nearly half of all food produced worldwide for human consumption ends up going to landfills, contributing to omnipresent issues such as water contamination and greenhouse gas emissions. On a weekly basis, 9 tons of food waste that is produced for human consumption within the RIT dining facilities is either being sent to landfills or off-campus to a biodigester. Black Soldier Fly Larvae (BSFL) can be used to reduce the carbon footprint of food waste compared to other options, paralleling RIT's vision of becoming carbon-neutral by 2030. A composting system prototype has been developed to counteract some of the aforementioned negative environmental effects through the accommodation of half a million larvae. This system, however, is not currently able to be scaled from startup to idealized, consistent operation due to an inability to manage the entire Black Soldier Fly (BSF) life cycle. This system and its related processes are intended to be leveraged in the community garden of RIT, which prompts significant consideration of life cycle maintenance due to the fact that the Black Soldier Flies prefer climates much different from that of Rochester.
As a continuation of Project 17422, the goal of this project is to improve/redesign the BSFL composting system and its subcomponents as well as optimize the BSFL facility inside a passive house-style shed. The composting system should have the capability to fit inside a 8’x10’ shed within the community garden, monitor and control the environmental conditions within the facility on a regular basis, reduce the energy required, and track emissions. The resulting design and prototype should adhere to the EPA P3 Grant requirements and meet campus guidelines, accounting for all stakeholders and use cases.
Back Row (left to right): Daniel Berg (MSD1), Ian
Lengel, Saeed Akbar
Front Row (left to right): Melissa Nellist, Lauren Cussen, Craig Brzyski, Corey Wrigley
|Saeed Akbar||EE||Electrical Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Daniel Berg (MSD 1)||ME||3D Modeling Leademail@example.com|
|Ian Lengel||ME||Purchasing Leadfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Melissa Nellist||ME||Lead Engineeremail@example.com|
|Corey Wrigley||ISE||Project Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
The below figure depicts the lifecycle and activities of Black Soldier Flies. An important item to note is the fact that the entire life cycle of a fly (from larvae to adult) occurs over 45 days. As noted in the PRP and the requirements found in the Problem Definition phase page, there are also very specific environmental conditions necessary for the flies (at any stage of their lives) to live and function. For example, the Black Soldier fly larvae (BSFL) prefer dark, warm environments in order to remain active in consumption of food inputs.
Information about the Black Soldier Fly life cycle, in addition to the needs required by them as a stakeholder in this project, will be essential to consider in designing and creating a working composting system within the confines of RIT’s community garden shed.
Work Breakdown: By Phase
|MSD I & II||MSD I||MSD II|
Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)
Work Breakdown: By Topic
|Project Management||Design Tools||Design Documentation||Implementation||Validation||Presentation & Dissemination|