HORSHAM, UK, Nov. 16, 2016 (Press Release) -NER from Horsham, West Sussex was one of 25 trailblazing innovators from across the country to launch new innovations and products at Innovate 2016 on 2ndand 3rdNovember.
The two-day event in Manchester was hosted by the Department for International Trade and Innovate UK and is the largest cross-sector innovation show in the UK.
NER has developed ‘eco straw pulping’, a novel, patent pending, low carbon process to produce paper pulp from wheat and other types of straw, providing a much needed alternative to wood fibres. The use of surplus straw not only provides farmers with a cost effective solution to leaving straw to rot or burning it, but also reduces the pressure on forests. This process uses up to 50% less energy in comparison to existing technologies, by avoiding the use of high temperature and pressure. The capital and operational costs are also much lower. NER has developed and build a small pilot plant in the UK and is producing pulp that has already been tested within the industry. It plans to build a first larger-scale demonstrator plant and to be ready to develop turnkey straw pulp production plants and license know-how both in the UK and overseas.
Innovate UK Chief Executive Ruth McKernan said: “I congratulate NER on their success in winning a place and thank them for their involvement in our annual flagship show of innovation excellence across the UK.
“This year we saw an increase in the number of companies launching new products at the event. It is important for Innovate UK to support the showcasing of companies’ achievements, helping to raise visibility of their brand and demonstrating the impact that results from our support.”
Founding Director Florence Miremadi-Nafici said: “Our process provides farmers with an economically viable solution to excess straw and a plentiful and environmentally acceptable alternative to wood fibres for the paper and packaging industry. Trials we have undertaken with partners to produce paper and packaging materials have proved our fibre can be transformed into beautiful and viable materials which can be used in all sectors to enhance their carbon footprint and appeal to consumers to whom the environment is important.”