Business Brief

By Staff | April 03, 2014

Elevance hires chief technology officer
Elevance Renewable Sciences has hired Robert Kumpf as chief technology officer. In his new role, Kumpf will focus on expanding the company’s product and applications development capabilities. Prior to joining Elevance, he served as chief operating officer at Plextronics, a developer of semiconductive polymers and ink formulations. He also previously served as chief administration officer at Bayer MaterialScience.

Chesterfield BioGas wins contract for biogas upgrading system
Pressure Technologies has announced that its alternative energy division, Chesterfield BioGas Ltd., was awarded a £4.2 million ($7 million) contract to supply, install and commission biogas upgrading equipment for a biogas-to-grid project in the U.K. The project will utilize Greenlane Totara-plus water-wash upgraders and will be capable of processing up to 5,000 cubic meters of biogas per hour. The resulting biogas will consist of 89 percent pure methane.

VIC adds team member
Vecoplan Integrated Controls has added Henry Gilliland to its electrical engineering team. Gilliland graduated from North Carolina State University in 2012 and brings three years of practical experience to his new position. He worked on a co-op basis at Highland Industries while pursuing his undergraduate degree, and later worked as a full-time engineer with the company.

Reliance Industries to invest in Algae.Tec biofuel plant
India-based Reliance Industries Ltd. has announced an investment in Australia-based Algae.Tec’s first Indian biofuel plant. RIL will initially invest $1.5 million in the company, followed by $1.2 million at a later date. Algae.Tec plans to use the initial capital to build a pilot biofuel plant that utilizes its algae fuel technology.

EBA elects new president
The European Biogas Association announced its members have voted to make Jan Štambaský the organization’s new president. Štambaský will replace Arthur Wellinger, who served as president for five years. David Collins of the U.K.’s Renewable Energy Association Biogas Group was also elected to join the board. Štambaský is the founder of NovaEnergo Ltd., which focuses on advanced biochemical approaches to enhance the overall efficiency of biogas and biomethane production processes. He is a member of the Czech Biogas Association and was appointed a member of the EPA’s executive board in 2009.

Sensor Electronics adds new gas detector
Minnesota-based Sensor Electronics has announced a new gas detector that spots methane leaks in biogasification plants, collector tents, distribution networks, pipelines, pumping stations, storage tanks and other critical areas. The detector works both indoors and outdoors and can operate in conditions with airborne contaminants, corrosive atmospheres, fog, smog, rain, snow, dust, sleet, aerosols, and temperature and humidity extremes. The detector shows actual biomethane levels on a digital readout panel, while color-coded LEDs indicate rising gas levels.

Puritan announces spout magnet
Puritan Magnetics Inc. has announced the availability of its EZ Clean Vertical Spout Magnet. The product is engineered to remove fine to large ferrous contaminants from high-volume, gravity-fed product streams. The system is ideally suited for products that would bridge or choke in a magnetic tube-type separator and easily removes ferrous contaminants from products that are moist, lumpy, granular or in powder form.

Construction starts on biogas upgrading system in China
China Shipbuilding Industry Corp. has invested in an EnviFarm Classic biogas plant with an EnviThan gas upgrading system in Jiyuan, Henan province. The plant will operate using pig manure as feedstock. The 500-standard-cubic foot facility is expected to begin operations this year.