Business Briefs: People, Products & Partnerships

By Biomass Power & Thermal Staff | October 07, 2010

1. Former US Ag Secretary joins Bion
Bion Environmental Technologies Inc. announced that Ed Schafer, former governor of North Dakota and former secretary of the USDA, has agreed to join Bion’s management team through the end of 2013. Schafer will provide Bion with strategic advice, focusing on areas of public policy related to the livestock industry both domestically and internationally. In addition to his public sector experience, he has successfully led a multi-national consumer products business and several entrepreneurial start-up companies.

2. James River Equipment joins Morbark family
James River Equipment, specializing in heavy equipment sales, service and parts, is now the authorized dealer of Morbark industrial equipment in all of Virginia and North Carolina and two counties in South Carolina. In business for more than 30 years, James River Equipment has 25 locations throughout Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. They sell and service a full range of equipment in many industries including construction, forestry, paving, mining, agricultural, and consumer and commercial lawn care.

3. Renewables specialist Consense scoops top national award
Consense, which specializes in providing online consultation for the renewables sector, won the SME Innovation award at the National eWell-Being Awards 2010 and was selected by the judges as the overall winner of this year’s awards (beating more than 42 finalists across nine categories). Consense won for its Open Debate online consultation system which enables much wider community consultation and engagement for proposed renewable energy developments. 

4. Track chipper redesign melds comfort with power
With the recent redesign of the Bandit Model 3090 Track Chipper, land clearing contractors and loggers now have power and productivity without sacrificing operator comfort. Key upgrades to this 30-inch capacity chipper include a spacious operator’s cab with a rear entry door, an emergency escape door on the left and a pop-out escape window on the right. Convenient joystick controls operate all functions of the machine; from the loader’s main and jib boom movement, to the engine controls and feed system. Optional monitors provide a view of the discharge and infeed system from the operator’s cab.

5. Anguil Environmental launches new website
Anguil Environmental Systems Inc. launched a new interactive website that further defines its position as a pollution control thought leader and information resource for clients. The fully redesigned website,, focuses on information efficiency, quality content and effortless navigation. Anguil Environmental Systems case studies are now searchable by the 16 different industries they serve.

6. B&W subsidiary DPS to provide O&M services for Georgia biomass plant
Delta Power Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group Inc., has signed a multiyear, renewable contract to provide operations and maintenance services for Rollcast Energy's Piedmont Green Power biomass energy project in Barnesville, Ga. B&W PGG is a subsidiary of The Babcock & Wilcox Co. The 53.5 megawatt Piedmont Green Power plant is scheduled to go online in 2012. DPS will provide a variety of services for the facility both during construction and after the plant is operational, including selecting the site staff, managing day-to-day plant operations, performing equipment maintenance and repair services, and administering project contracts.

7. BinMaster improves high temp vibrating rods
 The BinMaster Super High Temperature vibrating rod features a newly developed piezo system built specifically for higher process temperatures up to 482 degrees Fahrenheit (250 degrees Celsius). The SHT’s patented re-enforced membrane and the new piezo system features a standard insulation tube that insulates the electronics from excessive heat. The entire probe is constructed of stainless steel, and the electronics are mounted inside an IP66 /IP67 aluminum enclosure for advanced protection. The SHT can be used in all kinds of powdered or granular solids from light, fluffy materials with a minimum material density of 1 to one-fourth pounds per cubic foot (20 grams per liter) to a maximum granular size of 1 to one-half inch (40 millimeters).

8. John Deere launches educational woody biomass website
John Deere Construction & Forestry has launched a woody biomass website ( designed to educate and inform about the importance of harvesting woody biomass. The user-friendly website explains what woody biomass is, why harvesting it is important, how it works as a fuel and what types of innovative public policies are needed to encourage responsible harvesting and the use of woody biomass.

9. Vermeer launches multilingual, multimedia website
To better connect with customers worldwide, Vermeer Corp. has launched a new multilingual and multimedia website designed to provide easy access to product and market-specific industry information. The redesigned site provides detailed information on the current line of Vermeer products. The redesigned site can serve as an industry resource, providing information on market trends, equipment maintenance and operational tips, as well as customer case studies. Visitors to the site will also have the opportunity to download popular software applications developed by Vermeer. Video demonstrating Vermeer products working in the field are prominent throughout the site, helping to provide customers with a better idea of how these products can fit into their operation. 

10. Nexterra recognized for best application of technology
Nexterra Systems Corp. announced that it has received the Best Application of Technology Award from the British Columbia Technology Industry Association. This award recognizes Nexterra’s biomass gasification system at Kruger Products LP’s new Westminster tissue mill. The system converts wood residue into clean-burning syngas that is being fired directly into a boiler to generate 40,000 pounds per hour of process steam. The project will displace about 400,000 gigajoules of natural gas per year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20,000 metric tons annually, which is equivalent to taking 5,500 cars off the road.

11.Capstone C1000 Series receives UL certification

Capstone Turbine Corp., a manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that it has received Underwriters Laboratories certification for its C1000 Series products in accordance with UL 2200 and UL 1741. The C1000 is a compact and robust 1 megawatt power system that provides the same low emissions, low noise, high efficiency and extended maintenance benefits of Capstone's C30, C65 and C200 offerings. It features Capstone's patented air bearing, remote monitoring and diagnostic capabilities and integrated utility synchronization and protection.

12. Clyde Bergemann to provide boiler cleaning systems for UK plant
Von Roll Inova, the Swiss subsidiary of A-TEC INDUSTRIES AG conglomerate, has awarded Germany-based Clyde Bergemann Power Group with the turnkey delivery of three SCS Shower Cleaning Systems to be installed in the 72-megawatt Riverside facility in Great Britain. The SCS systems will be equipped to clean second and third open pass of all three combustion lines. Each combustion line processes 31.8 metric tons of municipal and commercial waste per hour to generate enough electricity to serve roughly 66,000 households.

13. DP CleanTech expands in Thailand
After successfully completing 18 biomass power plant projects in less than four years in China, DP CleanTech has identified Thailand as the next major market in its rapid roll-out of biomass power systems in Southeast Asia. In July, DP CleanTech opened a sales office in Bangkok, marking another milestone in its expansion strategy for biomass power in Southeast Asia. Thailand’s abundant resources coupled with its accommodative renewable energy policies represent an opportunity for further biomass development and a priority market for DP CleanTech.