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Steam processing plant wins grant for trials

Wilson BioChemicals, a Yorkshire SME specialising in the steam treatment of waste, has been awarded £64,000 for a steam processing facility, the Wilson System, through the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) EU-funded Capital Grants Scheme.

Wilson BioChemicals develops systems for processing the ‘biogenic’ fraction of household waste, usually consisting of food, paper and cardboard, turning it into valuable materials.

Peter Metcalf, research and development director at Wilson BioChemicals, says: “With this new facility, we will be able to better explore what high-value applications this material has and improve our process to make the most out of this waste stream.

“The wealth of knowledge at the BDC will help us to realise the potential of converting household waste into everyday chemicals, without growing crops for fuel instead of food.”

Vicky Wren, European Regional Development Fund programme manager at the BDC, says: “Our capital grants are designed to help businesses take their innovations to the next level by de-risking the pilot process. This project shows a huge potential for a game-changing approach to mixed waste.”  

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