Manchester University scoops top prize at IChemE awards

5th November 2010

A carbon calculator software tool developed by chemical engineers at Manchester University clinched the top prize last night at the IChemE 2010 innovation and excellence awards.

The CCalc helps companies to measure and reduce their carbon footprint at minimum cost and has been developed in collaboration with chemical engineers from the university and a range of industry partners. The project, led by professor of sustainable chemical engineering Adisa Azapagic, was deemed the best entry across all award categories and awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Chemical and Process Engineering prize (sponsored by Rowan House).

Other winners included Thames Water who lifted the Water management and supply award (sponsored by Arup); Aker Solutions, winner of the Energy award (sponsored by Manchester University); and a joint entry by the University of Newcastle, Australia and Ludowici, who clinched the Core chemical engineering award (sponsored by Sellafield Limited).

Individual prize winners were Siobhan Mobberley, a process engineer at AstraZeneca, who won the Young engineer of the year award (sponsored by GSK), Kalama Charles Wamukoya from Global Bioenergy Solutions in Kenya, who won the Innovator of the year award (sponsored by NES), and Geoffrey Maitland who was presented with the ChemEnvoy of the year award.

Elsewhere, the London Engineering Project and Young Engineers won the Education and training award (sponsored by Cogent); Scottish Power lifted the Health and safety award (sponsored by Heat Transfer Systems); the University of Birmingham won the Food and drink processing award; Axion Polymers clinched the Sustainable technology award (sponsored by ABB Global Consulting); University College London won the Bioprocessing award (sponsored by WSPCEL); the Oxford Catalysts Group won the Innovative product of the year award (sponsored by Stopford Projects); and AstraZeneca, winner of the Engineering project of the year award (sponsored by EEMUA).

Almost 500 guests attended the event at the Palace Hotel in Manchester, UK where football double-act Ray Stubbs and Mark Lawrenson kept the audience entertained and X Factor finalist Ruth Lorenzo performed live to close the show.

IChemE ceo David Brown said: “The IChemE Awards are globally recognised and attract entries from all over the world. Winning an award or achieving highly commended status really does demonstrate work of the highest standard and there are plenty of winners from previous years that have used their success at the IChemE Awards as a springboard to greater things.”