SUTTON company Lindhurst Innovation Engineers has been crowned the winner of the 2012 Food and Drink iNet Innovation Awards.
The firm was named the Campden BRI Innovation Champion 2012 for the development of ground-breaking technology to turn waste into renewable energy.
Lindhurst Innovation Engineers, based at Midland Road, worked with the University of Nottingham and Arla Foods to use microbial fuel cell technology to break down food waste using anaerobic digestion and create biogas.
In conjunction with academics, researchers and industry partners, the company is also working on other innovative techniques to help the food and drink sector reduce its environmental impact and become more efficient.
The judges said: “The judges couldn’t help but be impressed with this project.
“The company is presenting a more rounded approach to positive impact, and is making anaerobic digestion more accessible to smaller companies.
“Lindhurst Innovation Engineers is a shining example within the sector.”
Earlier at the event, Lindhurst also took the top spot in The Food and Drink Forum Most Innovative Positive Impact category at the awards.
Around 130 representatives from the food and drink sector across the East Midlands and beyond attended the award ceremony event.