Mass Waste Means Mass Opportunities
The business of efficiently
feeding people on a mass
scale results in wastes on
a mass scale. Many of the
by-products of modern
food production processes
are treated as "waste" or
due to disposal costs and
health and pest issues. However, many of these wastes contain valuable
nutrients that can be upgraded into a high-protein, high-energy meal using the
OVRSol process. For a look at the products see our video here. The “Product
Breakdown” page can be found here.
In a completely natural system, nutrients are not wasted. Plants, insects or
other animals will make use of these discarded nutrients. In modern food
production facilities, intensive livestock operations and other mass production
facilities, this natural recycling process usually does not occur and the
valuable nutrients in the waste stream are simply discarded or perhaps sold at
disposal prices. Often, these wastes are considered an environmental liability.
By utilizing these low-level nutrients, the OVRSol system can upgrade the
nutrients into a very high-quality protein meal that is much more valuable than
the waste stream. The OVRSol process is remarkably adaptive - the Black
Soldier Fly larvae will readily accept nutrients in the form of waste foods,
manures, grains, meat, dairy, ketchup and other organic materials. If a particular waste stream is not entirely
suitable, there is the possibility of adding materials to the waste stream to make the process work. Alternately, the
end protein product can be “custom-designed” to meet animal feeding requirements with the additions of Omega-
3s, or other “designer” ingredients.
The OVRSol process is also very “clean.” Many environmental problems can be overcome in the process including
the elimination or reduction of odors. Pest species such as house flies or other pests are often totally eliminated.
The larvae will simply overwhelm competing insects or pests in most cases.
Most organic wastes can be consumed by Black Soldier Fly (BSF) larvae and efficiently converted into insect
biomass (42% protein, 35% fat) at about 25% efficiency on a dry matter basis. It is the larvae, not the adult fly that
becomes the end product. In the OVRSol process, the larvae are not allowed to mature into adults.
The larvae are incredible consumers of wastes and can easily process twice their body weight in materials per day.
The process is also scalable and adaptable to the waste stream. In nature, the larvae bio-mass will grow to
incredibly large sizes to readily consume the amount of food available. This adaptability and scale means that the
OVRSol process can be sized up or down to meet the needs of the waste stream.
Processing plants can be built on site or a central plant can be used to treat wastes from a variety of locations. The
process is suitable for batch or streaming wastes. Depending on the source and quality of the organics and how
readily the Black Soldier Fly adapts, custom mixing of waste streams or additions to the particular waste source
means just about any organic material is either suitable or can be made suitable for the process.
The end product of the process is a high-value protein and energy meal converted at about 25% feed efficiency.
That is for 1,000 pounds of dry organic waste, approx. 250 lbs. of dry protein is produced. Depending on the use of
the protein, values can be as high as $1,500 - $2,000/ton of raw protein and energy material (insect biomass).
Further processing can be used to separate the insect biomass into other higher-value components such as
protein, fat and chitin.
The system can be adapted to become part of a single processing plant (no trucking of wastes) or a stand-alone
facility that can accept wastes at a central location for processing. The size of the plant can vary. Dr. Craig
Sheppard, one of the company principals has operated a small commercial facility for years (see
“Custom” protein meal can also be produced by mixing various raw materials into the Black Soldier Fly feed
stream. This can include Omega-3’s for example or other custom variations. Essentially, the finished product can
be tailored to the feed requirements of the animals.
The “by-product” of the OVRSol process is a very uniform friable soil amendment that can be used for gardening or
soil remediation. For a complete product breakdown, click here.
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OVRSol Production System (Click to Enlarge)