Business Brief

By Staff | May 02, 2014

UT-ORNL governor’s chair selected
Arthur Ragauskas has been named the 15th University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory governor’s chair. He will serve as governor’s chair for biorefining, based in UT’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a complementary appointment in the UT Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries. He will serve in the U.S. Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate, Biosciences Division, at ORNL, and as a member of the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center. Ragauskas begins at UT on June 1. He comes to the new position from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry and researcher within the Institute of Paper Science and Technology.

Fecon introduces DCR
Fecon Inc. has introduced the Depth Control Rotor system. The DCR system builds on Fecon’s reversible Samurai Knife Tool. It cuts faster, delivering better fuel economy and more uniform particle size. Depth control rings work in harmony with the Samurai Knife to enable more cutting with less horsepower.

Verdanté BioEnergy Services offers software solution
Verdanté BioEnergy Services has announced its appointment as the exclusive U.S. distributor of MGH Systems’ Biomass Manager software. The product enables smarter, faster and easier monitoring, sharing and reporting of crucial data in biomass supply chains.

Viaspace establishes nurseryfor propagation in Pakistan
Viaspace Inc. has shipped 2,200 pounds of Giant King Grass planting stock to Pakistan under a contract signed with WiNERGY Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. The consignment was airlifted in a temperature-controlled container for establishing a propagation nursery in Karachi, Pakistan.

BIO honors Stabenow, Kullman
The Biotechnology Industry Organization has presented Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., with the BIO Legislator of the Year award. As chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, she successfully championed reauthorization of the Farm Bill energy programs and expanded them to include renewable chemicals. BIO has also announced that it has selected DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman to receive its 2014 George Washington Carver Award for innovation in industrial biotechnology.

Inashco, Wheelabrator team up to recycle waste metals from process
Inashco BV and Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. have formed a North American-based joint venture company dedicated to recycling ferrous and nonferrous metals from the waste-to-energy process. The 50/50-owned joint venture company Eco Recovery Solutions LLC will use Inashco’s patented and proprietary Advanced Dry Recovery technology to enhance the recovery of ferrous and nonferrous metals at waste-to-energy facilities. Wheelabrator selected the Inashco technology because of its proven track record in Europe and its unique ability to process fresh ash without aging that results in oxidation and diminished product values.
Alstom to supply GRT to UK plant
Alstom has signed a contract with Danish power plant specialist Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S to design and supply a 45-MW geared reaction steam turbine (GRT) for the Brigg renewable energy plant in the U.K. The facility is expected to be operational in early 2016 and will take in straw and wood as fuel.

Superior Industries adds manager
Superior Industries Inc. has added Roland Duer in the position of international sales and business development manager. He will represent Superior Industries throughout Latin America. Duer has more than 25 years of business experience in building relationships and developing opportunities. He most recently served as product manager and purchasing manager at Condumex Inc.
Foster Wheeler to provide equipment to Brazil project
Foster Wheeler AG has announced a subsidiary of its Global Power Group has been awarded a contract by Shanghai Marine Diesel Engine Research Institute for the design and supply of two grate boilers for Fatima Energy Ltd, a subsidiary of the Fatima Group. The 120 MW cogeneration plant will be located at the Fatima sugar mill in Savawan, Pakistan. The facility will burn sugarcane bagasse and coal.

Geopower Energy appoints board member
Geopower Energy LLC has appointed Greg Robinson to its board of directors. He replaces Greg Barns, who retired in November. Robinson has 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, executive and advisor. He is currently managing director at The Caprock Group. Geopower Energy has closed a private debt facility to acquire a joint venture interest in the Blue Mountain Biogas Project in Utah. The biogas project captures methane from swine waste at Murphy-Brown LLC’s Circle Four Farm.