Business Briefs

By Anna Simet | April 26, 2018

Bubser joins SCS Global Services
SCS Global Services announced that Dave Bubser, a world-renowned forest resource management and certification expert, has joined the company as its new vice president of forestry services. Bubser now oversees international business for SCS forest-based certification programs in the company’s natural resources division, providing strategic and operational guidance and support to program directors, and focusing on client relations, sales and marketing, auditing key accounts, and special projects.  Prior to joining SCS, Bubser spent 17 years with the Rainforest Alliance, most recently overseeing all certification and assurance activities in the U.S. and Canada, as well as global carbon verification services.

Rockwell invests in Ecoremedy technology
Rockwell Venture Capital recently announced an asset purchase of Ecoremedy, an innovative waste conversion technology that repurposes problematic municipal, agricultural and industrial byproducts into renewable energy and recovered nutrients while reducing carbon footprint, waste management risk and operating costs. 

The Rockwell investment provides the newly formed company, Ecoremedy LLC, with the capital to penetrate the waste disposal market through a disruptive, managed-cost financial model serving industries and municipalities plagued by unpredictable and unstable waste disposal costs. Rockwell Venture Capital, a longstanding Pittsburgh-based firm with investments in technology-based engineering products, renewable energy production, and conservation initiatives, brings their financial and management strength to support Ecoremedy’s growth.

Audi, Global Energies partnership reaches key milestone
Global Bioenergies and German carmaker Audi have announced that a key milestone was reached in their multiyear agreement.

Using its Leuna Demo plant, Global Bioenergies produced high-purity renewable isobutene that was further converted by the Fraunhofer Institute into high-performance gasoline additives including isooctane, ETBE and isododecane. These e-fuels  were shipped to Audi, to be used in engine testing, in complement to those already performed by Global Bioenergies.

Currently, a small part of Global Bioenergies’ ton-scale isobutene production is directed toward e-fuels, using Fraunhofer’s lab-scale conversion unit. From the e-fuel produced, a batch of 60 liters was delivered to Audi. The e-fuel production capacity will be significantly increased in 2019, with the addition to the Leuna Demo plant of a dedicated fuel production unit, which will allow the production of renewable gasoline batches.

Wood chip heating fuel quality standard approved in the US
A new quality standard for wood chip heating fuel is now available. The American National Standards Institute recently approved AD17225-4 Wood Chip Heating Fuel Quality Standard, which is a revised version of the international standard ISO 17225-4.

The standard development project was coordinated by the Biomass Energy Resource Center, the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, and Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC.  Funding for the project was provided by the USDA Forest Service.

Biomass Power Association welcomes 5 new members
The Biomass Power Association recently announced several new members—Granite Shore Power, Veolia, Jamestown Energy, Koda Energy and Forest2Market.

Granite Shore Power is the owner of the 155-MW power facility Schiller Station in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, which has a 50-MW biomass unit that operates as a baseload unit, and two coal or fuel-oil fired units that are used as peaking resources.

Veolia is a multinational firm with expertise in energy operations, technology and engineering, with a mission to help customers address environmental and sustainability challenges in energy, water and waste. Biomass plays a big role in sustainability for Veolia, which owns and operates facilities around the world.  

Koda Energy is a 23.4-MW biomass heat and power plant in Shakopee, Minnesota, utilizing organic fuels including wood chips, saw dust, municipal tree trimmings, ground pallets, oat hulls, wheat and sunflower screenings, and other forestry and agriculture waste.

 Jamestown Energy is part owner of Pacific Ultrapower Chinese Station. The 19.8-MW facility, located close to the community of Chinese Camp near California’s Stanislaus National Forest, utilizes wood fuel from forest management operations, urban construction and demolition wood, and agricultural products such as nutshells and orchard prunings.

 Forest2Market, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, delivers project development and operational support to new and existing biopower projects by providing fuel supply diligence utilizing proprietary market data.


Green Investment Group invests in Dublin Waste-to-Energy
Covanta Holding Corp. announced that the Green Investment Group Ltd. has closed on its investment in the Dublin waste-to-energy project. As an initial step of the joint venture, announced on Dec. 18, GIG agreed to invest €136 million for a 50 percent equity stake in the project. Covanta retains ownership of the remaining 50 percent of the project, and will continue to operate and maintain the Dublin facility. Covanta initially expects to use the proceeds from the transaction to reduce outstanding debt. As projects in the joint venture’s combined U.K. development pipeline move to construction, the funds will be available to meet Covanta’s portion of project equity obligations.