Business Briefs

By Biomass Power & Thermal Staff | October 26, 2010

Vecoplan offers new V-EBS shredder
Designed specifically for processing refuse-derived fuel, the new V-EBS shredder from Vecoplan produces homogenous granulate with minimal fines and virtually no excess lengths. The V-EBS delivers high throughputs from the widest possible range of alternative fuel feedstocks. Other benefits include: inexpensive replaceable wear parts, quick and easy access to maintenance components and low energy consumption. The V-EBS is vertically fed via a 23.5 cubic yard capacity hopper, mounted above the cutting chamber. Feedstock up to 98x36 inches then passes into the cutting chamber where it is continuously and completely fed into the cutting rotor by a load-dependent chain floor.

Metso to convert coal boiler to biomass in Poland
Metso will convert a pulverized coal boiler to a biomass-fired boiler for Dalkia Łódź S.A. in Poland. The conversion will cost more than €15 million ($20 million) and will allow Dalkia to supply green power to the national electric grid and district heating systems to Łódź. Operation of the new biomass-fired boiler is planned for December 2011. Modification of the current boiler includes pressure parts, fuel and ash handling and installation. Complete automation of the boiler island includes the process automation system, emission monitoring and reporting, instrumentation, and electrification retrofit.

Capstone names new distributors
Capstone Turbine Corp. has named Target Energy Inc. as its distributor in Turkey, Eastern Joint Marine Services (Far East) Ltd. in Hong Kong and Laibach in Slovenia and Croatia. Target Energy offers energy technologies and services designed to protect the environment, help overcome global climate change, improve living conditions and mitigate negative impacts of traditional energy sources. Eastern Joint Marine Services has been involved in a variety of environmental projects, including manufacturing and sales for portable waste compactors, designing and building various pieces of equipment for use in waste transportation services; and emergency repair and pollution control for ships. Laibach, headquartered in Ljubljana, Slovenia, provides clean-energy power solutions to businesses and also sells components to the power transmission and controls industry.

Bandit offers new Productivity Package
Bandit Industries Inc. has added a Productivity Package, powered by MasterTrak, to its product offering. The asset management tool communicates directly with the engine and monitors engine and equipment problems, reducing costly, unexpected failures that impact the bottom line. The Productivity Package is standard on all new whole tree chippers and horizontal grinders, and is available as an option for the stump grinder and hand-fed chipper line. The MasterTrak Productivity Package can also be added to existing units in the field. 

Morbark adds to equipment dealer network
B & G Equipment is now an authorized dealer of Morbark industrial equipment in Mississippi and select Tennessee counties. In business for more than 30 years, B & G is based in Philadelphia, Miss., and has branches in Iuka, Magnolia and Hattiesburg. The company, founded by loggers W.J. Bates and Donald Grantham Jr., has a special understanding of loggers and their needs. Morbark also announced that Tidewater Equipment Co. has joined its dealer family as a distributor of industrial equipment. The partnership expands the Morbark dealer network benefitting customers located in the Southeastern region of the country. Tidewater Equipment will cover South Carolina (minus York County) and parts of Florida and Georgia.

UltraTemp Filtration System meets Boiler MACT standards
Tri-Mer Corp., which specializes in advanced technologies for the control of fine particulate and pollutant gases, has introduced UltraTemp Filtration, a hot gas filtration system that captures particulate to extremely low levels, including submicron and ultrafine particulate matter. The heart of the UltraTemp Hot Gas Filtration System is a new generation of ductile ceramic filter tubes, manufactured from low-density ceramic-coated fibers.

AF&PA names executive directors for strategic communications, recovered fiber
The American Forest & Paper Association has added two senior professionals: Chuck Fuqua as executive director, strategic communications and Brian Hawkinson as executive director, recovered fiber. Fuqua will be responsible for developing and implementing AF&PA’s advocacy communications strategy and managing media relations. Hawkinson will lead the development and implementation of goals, policies and programs that support a continuing, affordable supply of recovered fiber.

Enginuity Energy, rem Engineering merge
Enginuity Energy LLC, a renewable energy and energy conservation company, and rem Engineering Inc., a designer of industrial cogeneration and power generation systems, have merged resources. The new company will operate under Enginuity Energy LLC and will be based in Mechanicsburg, Pa., a suburb of Harrisburg. Enginuity Energy will focus on energy conservation and renewable power generation based on biomass gasification technology.

MBREC elects new board members, officers
The Mississippi Biomass and Renewable Energy Council Inc. elected new board members and a new president at its annual conference held in Tunica, Miss. Elected were Brent Brasher, Kengro Corp., Charleston; Tamme Bufkin, The Bufkin Co. LLC, Hattiesburg; Terry Dunlap, Piney Woods Pellets, Wiggins; Caroline Randolph, Mississippi Green Energy Initiative, Hattiesburg; Keith Williams, Molpus Woodlands Group, Jackson; Chad Winter, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Jackson. Returning members are: Alan Kitchens, Kitchens Brothers Manufacturing Co., Hazlehurst; Randy Rousseau, MSU College of Forest Resources, Mississippi State; and Robert Thompson, Mississippi Polymer Institute, Hattiesburg. Pete Weisenberger, T.P. Weisenberger & Co. LLC, of Flora was elected president of the group, joining Joe Jordan, Mississippi State University, vice president; Kevin Mitchell, Strata-G, Oxford, secretary; and Lydia Allison, Bagley College of Engineering, Mississippi State University, treasurer.

John Deere introduces improved H-Series Skidders
John Deere Construction & Forestry has, in response to common productivity and operational challenges throughout the logging industry, introduced new Autoshift functionality on its popular line of H-Series Skidders. The elimination of shifting allows operators to use their right hand to run the grapple and focus on pulling the load, which effectively makes the skidder easier to operate, increases productivity and decreases operator fatigue. The Autoshift option leverages the fuel efficiency advantage of direct drive and lock-up torque converter transmissions, and automatically selects the optimal gear for a given load. The Autoshift option is available in all John Deere skidder models.

First UK SCR project to include Clyde Bergemann cleaning systems
Doosan Power Systems, U.K., awarded Clyde Bergemann Ltd., Scotland, the contract to deliver on-load cleaning systems (sootblowers) for two new economizers on the 1x500 megawatt unit at E.ON’s Ratcliffe Power Plant in the U.K. The systems to be installed include 20 PS-PB part retractable oscillating sootblowers and four PS-SB part retractable fully rotating sootblowers. The additional 3x500 megawatt units at the plant will be upgraded in subsequent years thereafter and will also be installed with Clyde Bergemann technology. The plant is undergoing an environmental boiler upgrade to meet legislative targets for reduced emissions, including the installation of Selective Catalytic Reduction technology to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions.

Bio Power Coalition adds new members
The Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance’s Bio Power Coalition announced that 14 organizations have signed on to the group’s pledge to promote biobased power generation in Wisconsin. Organizations joining the coalition include: the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association; BIOFerm Energy Systems; Lake States Lumber Association; Landmark Services Cooperative; ACE Ethanol; GHD Inc.; Poyry (Appleton) LLC; UA Local 434; Wisconsin Pipe Trades Association; Miron Construction; Midwest Forest Products Co.; Nexterra Systems Corp.; Rotochopper Inc.; and Boldt Construction.