Valorisation of waste streams: Towards a digital twin - https://www.wur.nl/en/research-results/research-programmes/research-investment-programmes/digital-twins.htm
In line with global trends, attention for the use of organic inputs in agriculture in Uganda is growing. However, availability of biomass is limited due to poor crop yields and limited availability of good quality, yet underutilized waste streams. One waste stream with potential for improved use is wet coffee pulp from coffee washing stations. And one potential application to add value to this waste stream is the use of black soldier fly (BSF) larvae.
Initial tests show the feasibility of producing BSF on coffee waste with favourable outputs of insect protein and quality of the frass. Yet, it remains unclear to what extent additional waste streams of are needed to optimize the BSF production process, and how feedstock composition affects nutrient composition of BSF larvae and frass. Also, questions arise around the logistical organisation of the BSF production process in terms of scale and (seasonal) availability of waste streams. The optimisation of the BSF production process and its logistical organisation require advanced decision models. In this project, we will study to what extent, given limited availability of (real-time) data the development of a digital twin is feasible and desirable.