Business Briefs

By Staff | November 24, 2014

Active Energy Group appoints finance director to board

Active Energy Group plc has announced the appointment of Brian Evans-Jones to its board as finance director. Evans-Jones is a chartered accountant and has acted as a consultant to, officer of and investor in a number of businesses in the food, manufacturing and property sectors, including Harsco Inc., Celtic Oriental, Bioditronics, Ty Nant Spring Water and Seconds Ahead.

Bluesphere expands operations

Bluesphere has signed a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire seven anaerobic digestion facilities in Italy. The facilities being evaluated under the LOI have long-term purchase agreements in place with local utilities. Bluesphere has also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop a 5 MW biogas project in Israel with ESC, an Israeli state-owned company. Under the MOU, ESC would lease a suitable site for the project, arrange for food waste feedstock, and perform maintenance service for the project. Bluesphere will be responsible for developing the project, permitting, project finance and operation for the 20-year life of the project.  The company intends to work with Austep S.p.A., an Italian EPC contractor, on the project.

Canada invests $3 million in bioproducts development

Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz recently announced an investment of up to $3 million in Competitive Green Technologies to help position Canada as a global leader in using green, sustainable agri-based technologies. Along with experts from industry and academia, Competitive Green Technologies will lead collaborative pilot-scale testing of purpose-grown agricultural fibers and residues in bioplastic and biocomposite products. The company is currently focusing on compounding bio-composite resin with nonfood and nonforest biomass crops, such as switchgrass and oat hulls, and adding value to postconsumer and postindustrial agricultural film.

Virent appoints executive

Virent Inc. has appointed Edgar Steenwinkel as vice president of research and development. He will lead technology development efforts of Virent’s BioForming platform in preparation of commercialization of its biofuel and biobased chemicals. Steenwinkel previously served as global business director for alternative fuels technologies at Albemarle, where he led multiple global development and commercialization efforts for catalysts and other new, innovative products for biobased transportation fuels. He has more than 20 years of experience in research and development, manufacturing and building new business groups.

Professor honored in Canada

Robin Rogers has been named Canada excellence research chair in green chemistry and green chemicals at McGill University. Rogers comes to Canada from the University of Alabama, where he was Robert Ramsay chair of chemistry and director of the Center for Green Manufacturing.

Andritz offers wireless heat sensor for wood pelletizers 

Andritz Inc. and SST Wireless Inc. are collaborating to produce a customized version of SST’s wireless heat sensor technology for deployment on Andritz’s wood pelletizers as an OEM option.  The system will include SST’s high-temperature sensors that are installed directly on to the rollers to provide real-time monitoring of critical temperatures.  Andritz will install a complete system at its Muncy, Pennsylvania, facility to demonstrate the technology and establish best practices and recommendations to reduce downtime and accidents caused by rollers and bearing shafts overheating.

Retired Covanta executive honored

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Materials and Energy Recovery Division recently honored John Klett, a retired Covanta chief operating officer and chief technology officer, with the Medal of Achievement Award. John has more than 40 years of hands-on experience in power-plant operation, including 30 years in the energy-from-waste (EfW) industry. He is the 15th recipient of the award, which was established in 1982 and recognizes distinguished and continued contributions over a substantial period of time in the advancement of solid waste processing technology. Klett joined Covanta in 1986 and oversaw the commissioning of more than 20 EfW facilities.

Forest Energy Corp. earns PFI qualification

The Pellet Fuels Institute has announced the qualification of pellet fuel manufacturer Forest Energy Corp. into the PFI Standards Program, a third-party accreditation program that provides specifications for residential- and commercial-grade pellet fuel. Based in Show Low, Arizona, Forest Energy Corp. is the sixth company to qualify for the PFI Standards Program.