Category Archive: The Pennotec Blog

Pennotec’s Research Collaboration into Healthier Foods

Pennotec is pleased to announce a new research collaboration with Irish company CyberColloids and Bangor University’s Biocomposites Centre with the aim of addressing some factors affecting childhood obesity by making food choices healthier. This SBRI challenge-led project is overseen by Welsh Government’s Food and Drink Division and supported financially through the Welsh Government and Innovate UK’s …

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Wastewater Treatment Products

Pennotec has recently commenced a project in cooperation with a major UK Water Treatment company to develop new, sustainable products from waste for the clean-up of municipal wastewater streams. This project is supported under the SMART Cymru programme and benefits from financial support from the European Regional Development Fund.

Presentation of iCRAB Technology Road Map at EFIB 2016

Pennotec were very pleased to be invited to speak in support of BioBase Europe Pilot Plant at the ‘Cascade Processes in Biorefining’ Plants to Product (P2P) Showcase on the second day of the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy (EFIB) 2016 in Glasgow last month. The presentation provided an explanation of the background …

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Sustainable Materials for Phosphorus Removal

Pennotec has recently been undertaken laboratory testing of a sustainable material for the removal of phosphorus from water and waste water streams. The material was prepared from crab shells – a by-product of shellfish processing, which itself would otherwise go to waste. Pennotec was one of seven winners in the first round of an SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) …

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The iCRAB Project

Biorefining produces higher value products than other routes for biomass utilisation but often involves more processing with additional costs. To ensure economic sustainability all inputs need to be converted to useful products with minimum processing steps. Crustacean shell, the major by-product from scampi, prawn and crab meat processing contains 20-30% chitin. Chemically extracted chitin is …

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The Value Chain of Biomass Waste

According to the well-established waste hierarchy model of sustainability the re-use and, below re-use in the hierarchy, the recycling of manufacturing waste is a more environmentally sustainable approach to the handling of waste than its disposal or conversion to energy (e.g. biogas). For waste biomass this delineation in the waste hierarchy is not so clear. This is …

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Chitin and Chitosan

Chitin is the second most abundant polymer in nature after cellulose. It is a sustainable natural resource that is ubiquitous but still relatively under-exploited commercially. Chitin is a structural polysaccharide found in the cell walls of fungi, the cuticle of insects, shells and the exoskeleton of crustaceans – its main commercial source. In crustaceans, single-strands …

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Local Co-operatives Can Lead the Circular Economy

The principles of the Circular Economy model espoused by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation refers to an industrial economy that: • Intentionally restores the energy and materials it consumes. • Seeks to eliminate the use of toxic chemicals. • Designs waste out of the life cycle of a product. Principles of the Circular Economy takes insight from …

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