US10188083B2 – January 29, 2019 – Insect production systems and methods

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Inventors :

Daniel Michael Leo

Owner :

Leo, Daniel Michael

Application Number :

US15242579

Document Number :

US10188083B2

Priority Date :

August 21, 2016

Filing Date :

August 21, 2016

Date of Grant/ Publication :

January 29, 2019

Class :

A01K67 / 00;A01K67 / 033;C11C1 / 10;A21D2 / 34;A23K20 / 20;A23K20 / 174;A23K20 / 163

Abstract

Variable-scale, modular, easily manufacturable, energy efficient, reliable, and computer operated Insect Production Superstructure Systems (IPSS) may be used to produce insects for human and animal consumption, and for the extraction and use of lipids for applications involving medicine, nanotechnology, consumer products, and chemical production with minimal water, feedstock, and environmental impact. An IPSS may comprise modules including feedstock mixing, feedstock splitting, insect feeding, insect breeding, insect collection, insect grinding, pathogen removal, multifunctional flour mixing, and lipid extraction. An IPSS may be configured to be constructed out of a plurality of containerized modules.

Claim(s)

1. A method to separate insects from an insect and gas mixture, the method includes: (a) providing: (a1) a first separator having a first input and a first output, the first input is configured to accept an insect and gas mixture, the first separator separates insects from the insect and gas mixture and outputs a first insect-depleted gas stream via said first output, the first insect-depleted gas stream has a reduced amount of insects relative to the insect and gas mixture; and (a2) a second separator having a second input and a second output, said second input is in fluid communication with said first output of the first separator, the second separator is configured to accept at least a portion of the first insect-depleted gas stream from the first separator and separate additional insects therefrom and output a second insect-depleted gas stream via said second output, the second insect-depleted gas stream has a reduced amount of insects relative to the first insect-depleted gas stream; (b) separating insects from the insect and gas mixture to form a first insect-depleted gas stream that has a reduced amount of insects relative to the insect and gas mixture; and (c) after step (b), separating additional insects from the first insect-depleted gas stream to form a second insect-depleted gas stream that has a reduced amount of insects relative to the first insect-depleted gas stream.;
13. A method to separate insects from an insect and gas mixture, the method includes: (a) providing an insect and gas mixture; (b) separating insects from the insect and gas mixture to form a first insect-depleted gas stream that has a reduced amount of insects relative to the insect and gas mixture; and (c) after step (b), separating additional insects from the first insect-depleted gas stream to form a second insect-depleted gas stream that has a reduced amount of insects relative to the first insect-depleted gas stream.;
19. A method of making a multifunctional composition, the method includes: (a) providing an insect and gas mixture; (b) after step (a), separating insects from the insect and gas mixture with a separator to form an insect-depleted gas stream that has a reduced amount of insects relative to the insect and gas mixture; and (c) after step (b), mixing at least a portion of the insects separated in step (b) with a fiber-starch material, a binding agent, and a moisture improving textural supplement; wherein: (i) the fiber-starch material is selected from the group consisting of cereal-grain-based materials, grass-based materials, nut-based materials, powdered fruit materials, root-based materials, tuber-based materials, vegetable-based materials, and mixtures thereof; (ii) the binding agent is selected from the group consisting of agar, agave, alginin, arrowroot, carrageenan, collagen, cornstarch, egg whites, finely ground seeds, furcellaran, gelatin, guar gum, honey, katakuri starch, locust bean gum, pectin, potato starch, proteins, psyllium husks, sago, sugars, syrups, tapioca, vegetable gums, xanthan gum, and mixtures thereof; (iii) the moisture improving textural supplement is selected from the group consisting of almonds, brazil nuts, cacao, cashews, chestnuts, coconut, filberts, hazelnuts, indian nuts, macadamia nuts, nut butters, nut oils, nut powders, peanuts, pecans, pili nuts, pine nuts, pinon nuts, pistachios, soy nuts, sunflower seeds, tiger nuts, walnuts, vanilla, and mixtures thereof.

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