The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), alongside Calysta USA and Otto Simon Ltd (OSL), has been revealed as a finalist in two categories at the prestigious Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Global Awards 2017.
The IChemE Global Awards celebrate excellence, innovation and achievement in the chemical, process and biochemical industries from around the world and this year attracted over 240 applications from engineering organisations.
CPI are finalists in both the Biotechnology Award 2017 and Team Award 2017 for the project ‘From Pipe Dream to Pilot Plant,’ following the successful delivery of a new biotechnology plant in Teesside, UK.
Together, Calysta, CPI, and OSL worked to deliver a new fermentation facility. Calysta UK Ltd, subsidiary of a USA-based company, uses novel biotechnology processes to improve worldwide food security. OSL is a process-led engineering and project delivery company.
Using Calysta’s innovative gas-phase fermentation process, the plant produces feed-quality protein for use as fish and livestock feed. Thanks to excellent engineering collaboration from the project team, the plant was delivered against a fast-tracked construction programme with zero injuries. The facility has been commissioned successfully, which has led to construction on a full-scale commercial plant. Samples have been distributed worldwide for feeding trials, marking a significant step towards engineering a sustainable food source for the growing global population.
The winners in all 15 categories will be announced at the awards ceremony on 2nd November in Birmingham.