07 November 2013

Gas clean-up technology triumphs at global IChemE Awards

IChemE Awards 2013 Winners

New technology which removes toxic mercury from natural gas more efficiently was the major winner at this year’s Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Annual Awards and Dinner to celebrate excellence, innovation and achievement in the chemical and process industries.

The Queen’s University Ionic Liquid Laboratories Research Centre (QUILL), UK, in partnership with PETRONAS, Malaysia, collected three awards for their new technology – the world’s first solid-supported ionic liquid mercury removal unit – which was developed in record time and is up to six times more efficient than current methods.

In addition to collecting the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemical and Process Engineering, QUILL and PETRONAS were presented with the Sustainable Technology Award and Chemical Engineering Project of the Year Award.

The other big winners from the evening were Sellafield Ltd, who also collected three Awards (Education and Training; Health and Safety; and Nuclear Innovation).

The Awards featured winners from five continents following a record number of entries from countries including Australia, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK and the USA.

Other winners included: PROjEN plc (Bioprocessing); United Utilities and Black & Veatch Ltd (Energy); Harvard Medical School (Innovative Product of the Year); Aurecon New Zealand Ltd (Food and Drink); Trailblazer Technologies Ltd (Water Management and Supply); Eindhoven University of Technology (Core Chemical Engineering); Sarah Button, Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies (Young Chemical Engineer of the Year); and Richard Noble, University of Colorado (Innovator of the Year).

Dr David Brown, IChemE’s chief executive, said: "Congratulations to all of the shortlisted entries for this year’s IChemE Awards, and especially the winners. To have winners from five different continents shows the truly global nature of the IChemE Awards as they continue to grow from strength to strength.

“A quick scan at this year’s entries shows just why chemical engineering matters to the world we live in. From reducing the cost of carbon capture, to improving safety, cleaning up the environment, advancing medical science and healthcare, reducing waste, improving efficiency, through to the development of new technologies such as QUILL’s and PETRONAS’ mercury removal unit to clean-up natural gas – they all demonstrate the impact and importance of the work we do.

“The IChemE Awards represent the hard work, inventiveness and achievements of thousands of chemical engineers across the world, and we are proud to host them on behalf of the profession”.

The event, in association with Saudi Aramco, was held on 7 November 2013 at Whites Hotel, Bolton, UK. Nick Hewer, from BBC TV’s The Apprentice and host of Channel 4’s daytime quiz show, Countdown, hosted the event which was attended by nearly 500 guests from around the world.

OFFICIAL LIST OF ICHEME AWARD WINNERS AND HIGHLY COMMENDED ENTRIES

Education and Training Award sponsored by Costain

Winner

Sellafield Big Bang Project, Sellafield Ltd, UK

Highly commended

Chemical safety hazard awareness, Sellafield Ltd, UK
Flashbang Science and how it educates!, Flashbang Science, UK

Young Chemical Engineer of the Year Award sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline

Winner

Sarah Button, process engineer, Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies, UK

Innovator of the Year Award sponsored by NES Global Talent

Winner

Richard Noble, Alfred T. & Betty E. Look professor of chemical engineering, University of Colorado, USA

Bioprocessing Award sponsored by Newcastle University, UK

Winner

Pig slurry and food waste anaerobic digester, PROjEN plc, UK

Highly commended

UK LAIV automation upgrade project, Medimmune LLC, USA
Membrane science and technology in bioprocessing and water treatment, Swansea University, UK

Chemical Engineering Project of the Year Award sponsored by Sellafield Ltd

Winner

Mercury removal from natural gas, QUILL, Queen's University Belfast, UK and PETRONAS, Malaysia

Highly commended

Plaxica optipure process, Plaxica Ltd, UK
Poppy straw extraction facility, Johnson Matthey Macfarlan Smith, UK

Energy Award sponsored by PM Group

Winner

Turning Black Gold Green, United Utilities, UK and Black & Veatch Ltd, US

Highly commended

Removal of detrimental sulfur from petroleum-fuels, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA
Low cost precipitating carbonate system for CO2 capture, Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies, Australia

Food and Drink Award sponsored by School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK

Winner

Clandeboye lactose evaporator project, Aurecon New Zealand Ltd, New Zealand

Nuclear Innovation Award sponsored by Atkins

Winner

Passive venting of waste storage silo for site resilience post Fukushima, Sellafield Ltd, UK

Sustainable Technology Award sponsored by ABB Consulting

Winner

Mercury removal from natural gas, QUILL, Queen's University Belfast, UK and PETRONAS, Malaysia

Highly commended

A green approach to producing gold, Northwestern University, USA
GSK Irvine sustainability and energy management programme, GlaxoSmithKline, UK

Water Management and Supply Award sponsored by Saudi Aramco

Winner

The KNeW process - the recovery of AMD/ARD profitably, Trailblazer Technologies (Pty) Ltd, South Africa

Core Chemical Engineering Award sponsored by Simon Carves Engineering

Winner

Rotor-rotor multiple spinning disc extractor, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Highly commended

F3 Factory - fast, flexible, modular production technology, Britest Ltd, UK

Health and Safety Award sponsored by Shell

Winner

Illogical rationality: must do something - can't do anything, Sellafield Ltd, UK

Highly commended

Managing process safety, GlaxoSmithKline, Ireland
Chemical safety hazard awareness, Sellafield Ltd, UK

Innovative Product of the Year Award sponsored by AstraZeneca

Winner

Worm-inspired microneedle tissue adhesive, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA

Highly commended

Improved sustainable production of plant-based raw materials for industry, University of Münster & Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology, Germany

Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemical and Process Engineering sponsored by BP

Winner

Mercury removal from natural gas, QUILL, Queen's University Belfast, UK and PETRONAS, Malaysia

 

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