Bioenergy Innovation Award 2012 goes to Cambi
The award committee’s citation:
The Bioenergy Innovation Award 2012 goes to a Norwegian technology enterprise founded
in 1989, which has remained innovative for many years, and which still continues to
rediscover itself. The company possesses a sound knowledge network and succeeds
in generating commercial successes from the products it develops. It has become
world-renowned in spite of a very restricted domestic market.
The award criteria were:
the production of biogas from wet organic waste and biomass derived from decontaminated
sewage. Leading customers regard the technology as the best available (BAT), and 26 plants
have been sold in several countries. Every year these plants convert sewage sludge from
20 million people into pathogen-free fertilisers and 1.6 TWh of biogas.
The company is heavily research-oriented and has received funding from the Research
Council of Norway and Enova. It is an active participant in several research projects both in
Norway and overseas, including the construction of test rigs and pilot plants designed to test
levels of sustainable energy production from various types of raw materials mixtures.
In collaboration with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) and Bioforsk at Ås, the
company has developed a unique steam and pressure-based pre-treatment process, which is
a key technological component of the biogas research programme currently being carried out in
CenBio, and other research projects.
The researchers greatly appreciate the company’s involvement and support, its role as a team
developer, and its ability to think innovatively “out of the box”. The company is committed to innovation
throughout the entire scope of the biogas value chain and participates in component initiatives outside
its core area of activities in order to ensure that the value chain remains effective.
As a natural extension of its business activities linked to sludge and waste treatment, the company
has in recent years invested major efforts in-house towards promoting bioenergy production from
cellulose-rich bioenergy sources and waste plant materials derived from agricultural and forestry activities.
Thanks to this research activity, the company has attracted a particular client willing to risk
funding the establishment of a full-scale plant for the production of biogas from lignocellulose,
based on the steam explosion of raw materials such as fibre sludge, straw, corn residues and
wood chippings. It will be the first facility of its kind in the world."