Business Briefs

By Staff | January 25, 2011

Hunton & Williams adds partners
Hunton & Williams LLP expanded its energy and project finance practice with the addition of Gregory F. Lang and Michael J. Madden as partners in the New York office. The two have a diversified transactional practice focused on project finance, private equity mergers and acquisitions, project development and leasing. They join Hunton & Williams from Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP. Lang focuses on representing developers, institutional investors, private equity funds and independent power producers in connection with the development, financing, and acquisition of domestic and international energy and infrastructure projects. Madden’s experience includes a variety of complex structures relating to constructing, financing, and acquiring and disposing of power, natural gas and other energy assets.

Clyde Bergemann opens Indonesian sales hub
With the establishment of Clyde Bergemann Indonesia (CBIA) the company is increasing its business potential in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. The Jakarta-based office is led by Managing Director Agustinus Tjhay, who has a degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s of business administration from universities in Taiwan and the U.S. Before joining Clyde Bergemann, he worked in the pulp and paper industry. John Cannon, sales manager, has worked with Clyde Bergemann for many years and is familiar with the energy market in Southeast Asia with more than 14 years of experience. CBIA will start out with four employees and add more as the business develops.

Capstone Turbine releases ultralow-emission microturbine system
Capstone Turbine Corp. has released the CR200 low Btu microturbine product that meets challenging global emission requirements, including California's stringent Waste Gas Emission Standard. Landfill applications are a key market for the Capstone CR200 200 kilowatt renewable energy product. Waste gas typically refers to gas that is produced by the biological breakdown of organic matter. Producing energy using gas from these applications, that is otherwise flared, avoids the need to use nonrenewable resources such as coal, oil or natural gas to produce an equivalent amount of energy. Certification to the waste fuel emissions standard by the California Air Resources Board makes approved technologies such as the CR200 easier to site in California—often avoiding any local air permitting.

EPI to provide renewable energy system to Rollcast
Energy Products of Idaho has been selected to provide a state-of-the-art green energy system for the Piedmont Green Power project in Barnesville, Ga. The EPI advanced staged gasification system is designed to convert biomass materials into 480,000 pounds per hour of superheated steam at 1,005 degrees Fahrenheit and 1,500 pounds per square inch for the 53.5 MWe net renewable energy application. Zachry Industrial Inc., a subsidiary of Zachry Holdings Inc., is the engineering, procurement, construction contractor for the project. EPI’s fluidized bed technology has been utilized to handle hundreds of renewable biomass fuels and many other traditional and nontraditional fuels, such as agricultural wastes, municipal wastes and cattle manure.

Bandit’s Model 2290 adds mobility to land-clearing operations
Building on the success of its towable Model 2290 whole tree chipper, Bandit Industries announced the addition of the Model 2290 Track to its line of self-propelled whole tree chippers and grinders. Driving the 2290 Track is a Caterpillar 315L undercarriage, featuring a track shoe width of 600 millimeters and an approximate ground pressure of 6.3 pounds per square inch. A larger Caterpillar 320L undercarriage is optional. Despite its compact size, the Model 2290 Track offers a 20-inch diameter capacity with a 30-inch weld-on tray as standard equipment. The 2290 Track features a large 24.5 x 26.25-inch chipper opening, a high-capacity stationary discharge system, and a variety of engines.

CW Mill Equipment carrying a new brand
CW Mill Equipment Co. is offering ArmorHog screens, tips, hammers and other replacement parts for all brands and models of industrial grinders. ArmorHog provides custom-made hammer mill screens and grates for all brands, configurations, and models of grinders and for grinder tips, bits, strikers and replacement hammer heads. ArmorHog uses the highest quality parent metal in all of its forgings and has its own blend of carbide called NitroGrit, a proprietary blend of carbide found to best suited to grinding applications. NitroGrit can be applied in any custom pattern and is available in a variety of grit levels. 

Bonine joins BinMaster Level Controls as sales manager
BinMaster Level Controls announced Scott Bonine has joined the company’s sales team as a sales manager for its line of point and continuous bin level sensing devices. Bonine will support the expansion of BinMaster’s distributor network both domestically and internationally by developing new territories, recruiting distributors, providing product training, and customer sales call support. Bonine has almost 15 years of sales experience in the level controls industry, where he has been responsible for developing and supporting sales through a worldwide distributor network.

AMC elects new officers
The American Wood Council elected new officers during its annual meeting in Chicago in November. Serving for a one-year term are Chairman Joe Patton of The Westervelt Co., First Vice Chairman Brian Luoma of LP, and Second Vice Chairman Fritz Mason of Georgia-Pacific LLC. Marc Brinkmeyer of the Idaho Forest Group is the immediate past chairman. The AWC board added one new member and retained several others. George Emmerson of Sierra Pacific was newly elected to serve on the board. Returning members include: Rob Taylor of Weyerhaeuser, Andrew Miller of Stimson, Pat Patranella of Temple-Inland, Maureen Frisch of Green Diamond, James Rabe of Masonite, and Diana Blenkhorn, representing the Canadian Wood Council.

Michigan entrepreneurs create renewable energy company
Dan Kuipers and Kyle Denning recently formed Sustainable Energy Financing LLC to focus on promoting project financing and financial advisory services for renewable energy projects throughout the world. As part of the company launch, SEF will be acquiring grant-writing firm, Viability, based in Holland, Mich. The acquisition includes Nairobi, Kenya-based Viability Africa LLC, which Denning co-founded with Viability earlier this year. Currently the company is working on multiple renewable energy projects utilizing a wide variety of technologies, including wind, solar and biomass. These projects are aided by the wide array of SEF’s financing services such as grant and tax incentive acquisition, carbon credit development and market consulting, and environmental commodity aggregation and trading.

Tri-Mer offers breakthrough catalyst filter technology
Tri-Mer Corp. has announced a significant advancement in the control of nitrogen oxide (NOx) at temperatures as low as 350 degrees Fahrenheit. UltraCat Catalyst Filters provide up to 95 percent NOx removal at the operating temperatures of most industrial boilers. Dioxins are also destroyed by the catalyst at 97 to 99 percent efficiency. For carbon monoxide (CO), a successful strategy for meeting the boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology is to tune boiler combustion to lower the CO output. While this can increase NOx production, the additional NOx is easily removed by the UltraCat filters. UltraCat Catalyst Filters are a low-cost solution for boiler MACT compliance, for low temperature NOx control, and for the efficient removal of particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen chloride and dioxins. 

Martin Engineering introduces adaptor for OEM conveyors
A new conveyor idler aligner featuring a safe and effective method to manually fine-tune original equipment manufacturer-style self-adjusting idlers has been introduced by Martin Engineering. The Martin Idler Aligner ensures precise adjustment, using a handle and comb for course modification, with slots for finer tuning. Proper alignment is an important factor in a conveyor system, as a misaligned belt can cause uneven wear, belt/structure damage and material spillage. The aligner bracket mounts to most manufacturers’ self-aligning idlers, allowing for broad application. To improve safety, the design eliminates the need to tie off idlers to the surrounding structure, and the locking bar features a hole for padlock placement to restrict access and handle movement.