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Insect Technology Center opened by Bühler

26 May 2022

Bühler Group has opened its Insect Technology Center (ITC) in Uzwil, Switzerland, to help the industry to further develop. 

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In the ITC, Bühler and its customers will be able to conduct larvae growth trials with various feedstock, develop product samples, evaluate breed solutions, and run trainings. The ITC obtained funding from Switzerland’s Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) due to its contribution to a more sustainable food system, is already in operation.

At the heart of the Center are two insect growth chambers that can mimic industrial production conditions. These chambers have a sophisticated climate control system and are equipped with numerous sensors that give valuable process insights. Based on the collected data, the right parameters and practices can be determined to finally ensure an efficient insect production at industrial scale. At the ITC, it is possible to work with the two most relevant insect species for industrial production, namely black soldier flies and mealworms. 

The ITC aims to accelerate large-scale insect plant initiatives. By using the new test facility, customers might not need to invest into expensive pilot plants to demonstrate technological feasibility. Seeing the industrial insect technology in action makes it tangible, which allows customers to directly envision commercially attractive plant sizes. The insect growth chambers are mobile, so can be sent to any location, making the infrastructure accessible to customers worldwide. 

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