InOpSys designs, delivers and operates a ‘Plant On A Truck’, which can provide a total on-site sustainable capex-free process water treatment solution for industrial process waters mainly coming from pharmaceutical or chemical industry. 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 anytime.
In May 2017, the first ‘Plant on a Truck’ was mobilized at Janssen Pharmaceutica’s chemical production site in Geel, Belgium. This installation treats process waters from the production of an active pharmaceutical ingredient in a cost-effective and sustainable way. It owes its existence to creative collaboration among a Belgian stimulus programme (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 this 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 extract the zinc and have it recycled into metallic zinc by one of the project partners. The rest of the process stream is treated at the water treatment plant on the Janssen site. Thus, the project closes two material loops: zinc and water. In 2018 this project won the Belgian Business Award for the Environment.
By the end of 2019 a new ‘Plant On A Truck’ will be operational at the Janssen Geel site that will close material loops of the process water that is created during the production of an active pharmaceutical ingredient of a life-prolonging medicine. The treated process stream will enter the water treatment plant on the Janssen site, whereafter the water can safely return to the environment.