Business Briefs

By Staff | January 04, 2011

Cogent provides information management for Pinnacle
Pinnacle Pellet has selected Cogent Industrial Technologies Ltd. to provide integrated automation, controls and information management system services for its 400,000-metric-ton per year greenfield pellet facility in Burns Lake, British Columbia. The plant will utilize residue from local sources and wood feedstock from the Hampton Affiliates Babine Forest Product mill located about 3.5 kilometers (2 miles) away. Construction began in mid-July and was expected to be finished at the end of November. Cogent has worked closely with Pinnacle in the past to define and design process control, information technology and automation systems for the company’s five existing pellet production plants in British Columbia.

ADF Engineering hires O’Toole
ADF Engineering Inc. with corporate headquarters in Miamisburg, Ohio, has announced the addition of Brian O’Toole as a process engineer. O’Toole is a recent graduate of the University of Dayton with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.  With experience in research and process design, he will be focusing on energy conservation and process safety in the bioscience industry.

Covanta Delano recognized for exemplary health, safety
Covanta Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Covanta Holding Corp., announced its Covanta Delano biomass facility has earned star status in California’s Voluntary Protection Program administered by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration. VPP star status is the highest honor given to work sites with comprehensive, successful safety and health management systems. Sites such as Covanta Delano are committed to effective employee protection beyond the requirements of state or federal standards and participants develop and implement systems to effectively identify, evaluate, prevent and control occupational hazards to prevent injuries and illnesses.

Acrowood sells equipment to China
Acrowood has sold a complete chip thickness screening system and a slant disc chipper to a new bleached kraft pulp mill in China. Guangxi Jingdaxing purchased the Acrowood equipment in August for delivery in April. Acrowood’s successful installation in 2006 at Sun Paper in Yanzhou, Shandong, China, of its advanced technology and proven components helped the mill management make its decision. A mill in Nanning, Guangxi, China, also purchased a year’s supply of spare parts. The company has also sold an Acrowood model 8425 Slant Disc Chipper and a three-deck, Dual Drive Suspended Rotary Screen to Yunnan Yunjing Forestry & Paper Co. Ltd. in Jinggu County of Pu’er City in Yunnan Province. 

Ceres publishes energy crop production guides
Energy crop company Ceres Inc. has published two new crop management guides that include the most current recommendations on the establishment, management and harvest of switchgrass and high-biomass sorghum. Frank Hardimon, Ceres sales director, says the recommendations in the guides are based on results from the company's extensive trialing network as well as its involvement in bioenergy projects. Published under the company's Blade trade name, the free guides titled “Planting and Managing Switchgrass as a Dedicated Energy Crop, 2nd Edition” and “Managing High-Biomass Sorghum as a Dedicated Energy Crop” can be downloaded at Print copies can be requested by emailing 

BinMaster introduces MV multi-scanner system
BinMaster Level Controls has introduced the MVL multiple scanner system that integrates multiple point measurement data from two 3DLevelScanners to cover a wide surface area and provide better inventory accuracy for large vessels. Designed specifically for the challenges of large bins, the BinMaster MVL system displays a visual representation of the material surface that shows high and low points in the bin such as cone up, cone down, sidewall buildup or bridging. Reports generated by the 3D software provide data such as volume as a percentage, in bushels, or cubic feet or meters; maximum, minimum and average levels or distances to product; weight in U.S. tons, pounds or metric tons; and historical logs of bin measurements.

AgriLab installs second heat recovery system
AgriLab Technologies LLP has completed installation of its second major project in North America. As the world’s agricultural and waste management industries seek cleaner and greener tools for curbing global warming and saving valuable organic resources, this company has perfected heat capture from organic waste through, static, aerobic composting. The newest installation is on a dairy heifer calf raising facility near Albany, N.Y. The facility maintains 2,000 head when full. The composting and heat recovery system will virtually eliminate the farm's dependence on propane, while dramatically reducing diesel, electric and grid-based energy dependence. Forty percent volume reduction will save on equipment, fuel and man-hours to field apply compost.

Martin Engineering offers new conveyor cleaning blade
A new cleaning blade for use on vulcanized conveyor belts features a special polyurethane blend and tungsten carbide tip to deliver service life two to three times longer than conventional urethane blades. Designed to provide excellent cleaning performance immediately, avoiding any break-in period, the QCM #1 MT Pre-Cleaner from Martin Engineering maintains consistent tension without frequent adjustment, requiring retensioning just twice a year in most applications. The blade can be used at belt speeds up to 900 feet per minute (4.6 meters per second) and there is no limitation to the type of material on which it can be used.  

HEI unveils new AD technology
Hoffland Environmental Inc. has introduced a unique piece of heat recovery equipment that optimizes the output of biogas from anaerobic digesters. Called the “hougulay,” it is a piece of proprietary process equipment that is used to facilitate high production of biogas. The hougulay was first developed and used at HEI’s hog-manure-to-biogas-to-electricity plant located on the island of Cyprus where agricultural waste is used to generate 1 megawatt of power. The size of a hougulay, its internal design and components, its flow rates—both the heat and material balances across the unit—are optimized features that are esoteric to any kind of feedstock entering the plant. Critical to the design and engineering of the hougulay is an understanding of basic heat transfer equations including thermal transient analysis. Also, hougulay optimization depends upon knowledge (and on-line measurement) of the specific heat and/or heat capacities of the feedstock components.

Natural Power enters biomass industry 
International renewable energy consultancy Natural Power recently announced the company’s move to the biomass sector, further adding to its products and services provided in the wind, wave and tidal markets. A team of professionals across the biomass and associated industries have joined Natural Power’s renewable energy experts at its global headquarters in Scotland. The biomass team led by Dan Gates, who has a forestry background with engineering and project management experience, joined Natural Power earlier this year and work has already been secured including due diligence services on a 15-megawatt biomass plant in England. Other projects range from private estates and large public sector clients to established developers who require development support across the biomass project life cycle.

Bandit-sponsored race car finishes strong in Kansas
NASCAR nationwide sensation Parker Kligerman delivered a valiant effort at the Kansas Lottery 300, taking the Bandit Industries/ Team 42 Dodge Charger to 24th position despite a spinout on the final lap of the race. The number 66 car of Steve Wallace was the guilty party, tapping Kligerman on the final lap and sending him backward into the wall. Kligerman had been running in 11th spot after fighting back from being a lap down. He qualified seventh but fell back early on. Kligerman remained consistent through the run, holding near the end of the lead lap for most of the event. With the ongoing adjustments by the Team 42 crew, he was able to mount a strong comeback in the later laps, climbing as high as second before sliding just outside the top 10. Despite the crash, Kligerman was able to complete all 200 laps.