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Working at the cutting edge
April 29nd, 2014

A company which developed technology used across four continents to turn waste into energy and fuel is an example of a local firm at the cutting edge of the sector.

Chinook Sciences, based at the Nottingham Science Park, has developed advanced thermal treatment end-stage recycling technology for clean renewable energy generation.

The system enables full recovery of valuables from waste, reducing landfill and recovering energy, without burning or incineration.

Since its formation in 1998, Chinook has been granted almost 100 patents, with many more applications pending.

The geographical focus includes the UK, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.

Chinook has installed its technology in 16 plants worldwide, with two further plants in construction and a number of other developments in final contract negotiations. These include a development for the Middle East which will be the world's largest non-incineration advanced energy from waste facility.

Chinook is also developing the Nottingham Energy Park in Bulwell, a development which will have a significant positive effect on CO2 emissions.

FROM Formula One teams to industrial giants, they all beat a path to the door of a Nottingham technology company.

Whether it's the high performance of F1 or the heavy-duty lifting of the likes of JCB, they're looking for technology which makes sure the fuel they use is clean and of the highest quality.

Filtertechnik's filters are used to clean the fuel used in standby power generators, which can degrade and become dirty if left standing – a process known as fuel polishing.

The company also produces an award-winning portable laser particle counter which is able to examine the quality of fuel on a microscopic scale and warn of any contaminants.

Around 70 per cent of Filtertechnik's customers are in the UK but its laser particle counter is sold all over the world and won a design-and-build award from the marine industry last year.

If you've got the power then Nottingham-based Romax Technologies is the business that could help you transmit it reliably, efficiently and effectively.

Founded by engineering expert Dr Peter Poon, Romax is a world leader in the virtual design and development of gearboxes, drivelines and transmission systems.

Using advanced simulation technologies and a heritage of engineering expertise, it works for clients which take in major automotive companies and rail engineering firms.

A new division of the business, Romax Wind, has transferred that technology and expertise to the burgeoning wind power sector around the world.

The company's global expertise has brought significant expansion, and this year will see Romax move into a £5.6 million headquarters complex at the University of Nottingham Innovation Park.