The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) has announced the finalists for the IChemE Global Awards 2017.
The Awards, now in their 23rd year, recognize excellence and achievement in chemical, biochemical and process engineering in 15 different award categories. Over 140 entries from 21 countries made it to the final stages of the Awards; winners for each category will be revealed on 2 November 2017. Stora Enso Biomaterials division is among the finalists for the Biotechnology Award, with an entry entitled “Sustainable Extraction Technology for Renewable Materials”.
Our submission focused on our investments in the USA in sustainable extraction technologies aiming to develop innovative products from an increasingly large range of sustainable resources and addressing the need for alternative solutions to petroleum-based products. In Raceland, Louisiana, USA, we are using sugarcane bagasse (waste) from local sugar mills as a raw material in the production of xylose. In Danville, Virginia, USA, we are developing the extraction and separation technology, testing the fractionation technology of fibres, lignin and hemicellulose from different types of biomass. When fully proven, these sustainable extraction technologies will be game changers, allowing us to extract more from biomass and helping to create novel bio-based products for new markets.
Established in 1994, The IChemE Awards attract interest from all over the globe and are widely recognised as the world's most prestigious chemical engineering awards. The winners will be announced on 2 November 2017 in Birmingham, UK.