Business Briefs

By Staff | September 01, 2014

German Pellets announces certification
German Pellets has announced its factory in Woodville, Texas, is now certified under the standards of SFI Fiber Sourcing and PEFC Chain of Custody, guaranteeing that it processes biomass sourced from sustainable forestry and wood management.

Forest2Market expands executive sales team
Forest2Market has promoted Gordon Culbertson to director of international business, where he will work to establish relationships and identify new business partners across the globe. He previously served as manager of the Pacific Northwest region. Peter Coutu has been appointed sales director of North America. In his new role, Coutu is responsible for customer account management and sales of all subscription services in the U.S. and Canada. He previously served as sales manager.

Swaan recognized with award
In recognition of his contributions to the BioEnergy Industry, John Swaan received the Founders Award in BioEnergy Excellence at the International BioEnergy Conference & Exhibition 2014. Swaan is a key member of the FutureMetrics team. He has more than 25 years of experience in the pellet industry.

Former BlueGreen Alliance executive director joins DOE
David Foster, executive director of BlueGreen Alliance, recently announced he will join the U.S. Department of Energy as senior advisor to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz focusing on industrial and economic policy. The BlueGreen Alliance also announced that Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce Kim Glas will join the organization as executive director. In addition, the BlueGreen Alliance welcomed Susan Green as legislative and policy director.

Genera adds feedstock production and supply manager
Genera Energy Inc. has hired Lucas Graham as its feedstock production and supply manager. He will be responsible for providing agricultural and managerial leadership for the company’s feedstock supply, including business strategies to optimize feedstock supply, planning and developing biomass feedstock supply projects and programs, and management of feedstock supply execution. Graham’s responsibilities also include developing, implementing, and managing feedstock best practices for commercial energy crop and feedstock production, including land acquisition, establishment, management, harvesting, and site storage of biomass feedstocks. Prior to joining Genera, Graham worked as an agronomist and precision agriculture manager, and a seed treatment facility manager for Helena Chemical Co.

BIO elects directors for board executive committee
The Biotechnology Industry Organization has elected 19 of its directors to serve on its board executive committee for the 2014-‘15 term, including Jerry Flint, vice, president of biotech affairs and regulatory at DuPont. Flint will serve as BIO’s food and agriculture section governing board chair. Adam Monroe, president of Novozymes North America, will serve as BIO’s industrial and environmental section governing board chair. Christopher Standlee, executive president of institutional relationships and government affairs at Abengoa Bioenergy, will serve as BIO’s industrial and environmental section governing board vice chair.

Arlington Plastics Machinery enters the biomass sector
Arlington Plastics Machinery has announced the Crushmaster line of equipment for the size reduction and processing of biomass. The Crushmaster features a German engineered line of granulators, shredders and briquetting presses designed for biomass. 

Methane-based plastic research announced
The Water Environment Research Foundation plans to begin research to advance bioplastics generation from methane gas at water resource recovery facilities. The project, Producing Value-Added Bioplastic from Methane Generated by Water Resource Recovery Facilities (NTRY5R14), will be led by a team of researchers from Mango Materials Inc. WERF also recently selected Kennedy/Jenks Consultants to perform research as part of a series of new projects on furthering codigestion.

CEFC funds waste-to-gas project
The Clean Energy Finance Corp. has agreed it will provide up to $50 million in senior debt finance for development of Western Australian waste-to-gas facilities by New Energy Corp. using Australian-designed technology.