Business Briefs

By Anna Simet | July 23, 2018

E3 Consulting names Elbaum managing director
E3 Consulting has selected Ginger Elbaum as managing director. Elbaum joined E3 in 2007, and most recently served as the firm's director of operations.  

Elbaum has 18 years of experience providing engineering, construction and project management services to the power generation, water reclamation and industrial process sectors. At E3, she has focused on wind, solar, natural gas, coal, transmission installations and infrastructure.  

Elbaum has managed a range of high-profile projects, including the Petra Nova Carbon Capture project near Houston, one of only two coal-fired power plants worldwide to use carbon capture and storage.  She also managed the groundbreaking San Antonio Vista Ridge water pipeline project, one of the first projects in the water sector to use a public-private partnership.

Before joining E3, Elbaum worked in Calpine Corp.’s centralized engineering group. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

ProcessBarron subsidiary buys Environmental Elements  
Southern Field, a wholly owned subsidiary of ProcessBarron, announced the asset purchase of the Environmental Elements business line from Delta Ducon LLC. EEC specializes in air pollution control (APC) equipment and technology for power and industrial markets, consisting mainly of pulse jet fabric filters and electrostatic precipitators. “We are very pleased with the addition of Environmental Elements to our group,” said Steve Moore, president of Southern Field. “EEC is one of the largest and most respected APC equipment and technology suppliers in the U.S.”

Pellets sold in California to require new bag labels
Under California’s Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, any bagged pellets sold in California will be required to comply with changes to an existing wood dust warning label on bags, as of Aug. 30. The requirement applies to any product, manufactured in- or out-of-state, sold in California.

The existing wood dust warning required on the bags reads, “This product contains a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer.”

The new label must include a yellow triangle icon with a centered exclamation point, and read, “WARNING: Drilling, sawing, sanding or machining wood products can expose you to wood dust, a substance known to the state of California to cause cancer. Avoid inhaling wood dust or use a dust mask or other safeguards for personal protection.  For more information go to”

Failure to comply may result in up to a $2,500 fine per violation, per day. Questions regarding Prop 65 should be directed to the California Environmental Protection Agency Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.

Forest Concepts wins DOE funding to improve biomass handling
Forest Concepts LLC has been awarded a $1.8 million cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office to address the critical issues of poor flowability, high friction, and highly variable physical properties that have plagued the biomass industry.

Forest Concepts, led by Chief Technology Officer Jim Dooley, in collaboration with Penn State University’s Virendra Puri, has an overall project goal to contribute to the design and operation of reliable, cost effective, continuous feeding of biomass feedstocks into various reactors typical of integrated biorefineries. For the past 30-plus years, Puri has greatly advanced the modeling of compression, flowability, and storage of particulate materials, while Dooley has made significant advances in low-energy processing of uniform, flowable precision feedstocks from a variety of high-moisture biomass.