In May 2017, ‘Plant on a Truck’ was mobilised at Janssen Pharmaceutica’s chemical production site in Geel, Belgium. This is an innovative installation to treat process waters from the production of active pharmaceutical ingredients in a cost-effective and sustainable way. It owes its existence to creative collaboration among a Belgian stimulus programme (FISCH – now Catalisti), a local university, a cross- departmental team at the Janssen Geel site that loves a challenge, and InOpSys NV.
Zinc is used as a catalyst during the manufacturing process for a specific active compound. This metal is not consumed in the reaction and creates a hazardous process stream. In the past, this stream had to be incinerated offsite but from now on, thanks to ‘Plant on a Truck’, Janssen will be able to extract the zinc and have it recycled into metallic zinc by one of our project partners. The rest of the process stream can be treated at the water treatment plant on the Janssen site. Thus, the project closes two material loops: zinc and water.
‘Plant On A Truck’ is designed, delivered and operated by InOpSys, which can provide a total on-site sustainable capex-free process water treatment solution. This installation is also called a fully Flexible, Modular and Mobile Unit (FMMU) and is built in containers. The Flexible & Modular element makes it easy to add or exchange technologies for different process streams, and the Mobile element means that these movable units can be operated anywhere and any time.