TECH NEED

Seeking Automation and Sensor Technology for High Intensity Insect Farming

KEY INFORMATION

TECHNOLOGY CATEGORY:
Manufacturing - Assembly, Automation & Robotics
Life Sciences - Agriculture & Aquaculture
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TECHNOLOGY READINESS LEVEL (TRL):
LOCATION:
Singapore
ID NUMBER:
TN174376

Background/Description

A Singapore-based insect feed company is seeking automation and sensor technology for the insect farming process. The company has developed the know-how to farm insects including black soldier fly (BSF) and mealworms using organic food waste residues as nutritious feed for the insects. Young insect larvae will be grown from eggs until the ideal weight has been met in standardized crates and racking units. Afterwhich, the larvae will be separated from the rearing residue (substrate) for harvesting. In general, solutions and technologies that automate and optimise the insect farming process including feeding, weighing, harvesting and drying are of interest to the tech seeker.

Technology Specification

To overcome the inefficiencies of traditional insect farming, the following technologies are of interest to the tech seeker:

  1. Sensor integration with an algorithm to calculate the amount of organic waste required to feed current & future insect batches
  2. Sensors to detect and automate the required feeding time and estimate the amount of feed in each tray
  3. Sensors with Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) for temperature readings and insect counting to determine the time to harvest the larvae so as to ensure that the protein and fat content are at its peak
  4. Machine equipment to separate insects from the rearing residue (substrate)
  5. Energy-efficient drying technologies 

WHAT WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN

Software development capacity and solutions developed for grasshoppers.

Preferred Business Model

  • Business Collaboration (Joint Venture, Distribution)
  • R&D Collaboration
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