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Chinook Sciences Wins Nottinghamshire 2013 Best Business Award
October 18th, 2013

Chinook Sciences has been honoured in the Nottingham Best Business Awards as the most innovative company for their world leading technology which provides End Stage Recycling with Renewable Energy generation.

The Innovation category is always fiercely competitive as Nottingham is one of the UK’s designated Science Cities, with a history of significant innovations including the world first energy from waste plant in 1874, video recorder in 1957, Ibuprofen in the 1960’s and the MRI scanner in the 1970’s. The Innovation award looks for companies with a record of outstanding innovation who have developed disruptive technologies which will redefine markets, creating a platform for strong global growth. 


Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (“DNCC”) Chief Executive George Cowcher said: "These prestigious awards are a hallmark of quality and are only awarded to the very best businesses. We had some stellar entries this year and the judging process was extremely tough.”

Harry Perry, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Chinook said “We are delighted to win the Nottingham Best Business Award in the Innovation Category as we have been developing our industry leading technology in this City for the past 15 years and have generated nearly 100 granted patents. We are also delighted to be able to directly transfer the fruits of our innovations into local employment with our recent announcement of the Nottingham Energy Park development which will create over 200 jobs when completed.”

The Chinook technology is now in its ninth design generation and has an unrivalled thirteen-year track record of industrial commercial operation, with an unblemished environmental record.  The patented technology is referred to as “Active Pyrolysis®” which uniquely combines advanced recycling and renewable energy generation for any type of organic-based residue or feedstock in one system.  It is tailored both for community scale application and for large commercial plants.

Chinook is currently finalising construction of the world’s largest industrial waste to energy plant at Oldbury in the West Midlands which will process 180,000 tonnes per year of recycling residues, generating 40 MW of electricity and recovering 10,000 tonnes per year of valuable metals that would otherwise have been lost to landfill.  This project has also achieved recognition for its innovation, as earlier this year it won the prestigious Rushlight Waste to Energy Award. The Rushlight Judges commended Chinook on the achievement of bringing such an innovative environmental technology to commercial realisation.

Dr Rifat Chalabi, Chinook’s Chairman and Chief Executive commented:

“It’s exceptionally gratifying for all of us at Chinook to receive recognition for our ground-breaking innovations.   We’ve worked hard to develop End Stage Recycling® to be the best performing, most cost-effective, cleanest and safest technology for recovering metal and generating energy from waste.  With these awards and a string of new projects we have a great platform for continued growth."