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CPI Collaboration

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September 2015

Fiberight Ltd and CPI collaborate to address the supply chain challenges for the commodity sugar UK based SME, Fiberight Ltd and the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) have collaborated as part of an InnovateUK IB Catalyst Late Stage feasibility project. The project will demonstrate optimised enzymatic hydrolysis of Fiberight’s high performance cellulose extracted from municipal solid waste, at Demonstration scale, to a repeatable cellulosic sugar which replaces cereal crop for non-food applications.

The 12 month project, which is being lead by Fibreright Ltd, will address the IB challenge of ‘The supply chain for the commodity sugar’ a platform feedstock component for IB. The availability of a novel supply chain feedstock which is outside of the food vs fuel and ILUC debate will mitigate climate impact as well as easing supply chain bottlenecks and dependency on foreign import. MSW derived sugar supports UK-IB by offering security of supply from indiginous resources and at a stable price point.

The consortium of 7 partners covers the entire supply and value chain and is led by Fiberight, contributing proprietary technology and commercial expertise, in collaboration with CPI, a UK Catapult centre, supporting UK SMEs in the translation of IB into commercial processes. Academics from Leeds University, Institute of Process R&D (iPRD) will provide process control and monitoring expertise. End user application testing of the cellulosic sugar will be provided by UK Biotech SME ReBio Technologies Ltd, via bioethanol production and Aston University, in production of Levulinic acid using heterogeneous catalysts. Two multinational companies will support the project, Knauf in applications testing for bioresin manufacture and Novozymes for the expertise in, and supply of, industrial enzymes. Success in this project will ensure operational excellence in achieving high sugar yield at scale and will open up access to wastes feedstock.

Dan Noakes from the Centre for Process Innovation said “This is a great example of UK innovation, turning a problem into a solution by: addressing supply chain issues for the UK Chemicals sector; helping to meet Government targets on climate change; and stimulating the bio-ecconomy.”

Nick Thompson (CEO) from Fiberight Ltd said “This project will enable Fiberight’s route to commercialisation in the UK and will overcome the few remaining technical challenges that allow us to demonstrate complete valorisation of mixed wastes such as MSW. We intend to build on this project with CPI and validate the Fiberight process at scale.”

About CPI
The Centre for Process Innovation is a UK-based technology innovation centre and part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. We use applied knowledge in science and engineering combined with state of the art development facilities to enable our clients to develop, prove, prototype and scale up the next generation of products and processes.
Our open innovation model enables clients to develop products and prove processes with minimal risk. We provide assets and expertise so our customers can demonstrate the process before investing substantial amounts of money in capital equipment and training. New products and processes can be shown to be feasible; on paper, in the lab and in the plant before being manufactured at an industrial scale.

By utilising our proven assets and expertise companies can take their products and processes to market faster. There is no down time in production as all of the process development is completed offsite and our technology transfer and engineering teams can help companies to transfer the product or process into full scale production at speed.

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