Posted on December 10th, 2013

PROjEN Secure Prestigious IChemE Bio Processing Award 2013

PROjEN, a specialist Project Management and Engineering Consultancy Company is proud to announce that we won a prestigious award at this year’s IChemE awards dinner. The IChemE Bioprocessing Award underpins PROjEN’s leadership in the design and development of anaerobic digestion systems in the UK.

PROjEN were initially nominated for both the Bioprocessing and Sustainable Technology awards in recognition of their innovative approach to anaerobic digestion process optimisation on a recent project. The project in question processes a combination of pig slurry and food waste. The output from this process provides enough biogas to power a 1.2MW Combined Heat and Power (CHP) engine, which provides electricity and hot water for the on-site farm operations and enough surplus energy to power around 700 homes.

This was an exciting, yet challenging project that required an innovative approach, considering that pig slurry contains significantly more ammonia than most digesters can handle. A two-phase digestion process was required which included a first stage hydrolysis phase that has ten times the efficiency of conventional continuous stirred tank reactors and allows the system to handle three times the amount of ammonia that would normally kill most digester bacteria.

The IChemE awards have been recognising and rewarding chemical engineering innovation and excellence for the last 20 years, and have become “widely recognised as the most prestigious Chemical Engineering awards in the world.”

The award ceremony returned for its 20th Anniversary on the 7th of November; the evening was hosted by Nick Hewer, (Lord Sugar’s long time business advisor and panel host from the Apprentice television series) who described PROjEN’s project as “My favourite nomination”. The award ceremony, which was held at the De Vere Whites hotel in Bolton, was attended by PROjEN’s Head of Engineering Nevin Elliott and Sales and Marketing Manager Shane Pugh who reflected;

“We were all really thrilled to have been recognised by the IChemE for this prestigious award; innovation and “thinking outside the box” have always been at the heart of what we do at PROjEN.”

The project was completed earlier this year (after only 14 months), and achieved 1.2MW on a reduced feedstock tonnage, with the capacity to upgrade to 2MW. This has enabled energy independence for the client, while diverting 18,000tpa of food waste from landfill.

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