Business Briefs

By Staff | October 31, 2011

Timber Creek Farms to Partner with CellMark Energy in Brazil
Timber Creek Farms Industrial has signed a marketing agreement with CellMark Energy (division of CellMark AB, Gothenburg, Sweden) for 100 percent of the output of its upcoming wood pellet manufacturing facility in Pien, Brazil. CellMark Energy will handle the sales and marketing functions for TCF as well as provide all logistic solutions for the company. Pien is currently the site of intense activity as TCF finalizes the construction and installation of pellet equipment that will transform wood resources from the Paranagua region into renewable fuel. The company expects shipments at the 90,000-ton facility to begin in the first quarter of 2012. CellMark Energy is finalizing sales agreements with major European utilities.

Jennifer Hedrick appointed PFI executive director
The Pellet Fuels Institute board of directors has appointed Jennifer Hedrick as its executive director. Hedrick's appointment marks the first time in its 26-year history that PFI, a trade association dedicated to advancing the use of densified biomass fuel, will have a full-time executive director. Hedrick has been with PFI since 2008, serving first as the association manager before being appointed acting executive director in July 2011. As association manager, Hedrick was the point person for PFI's standards program, as well as the PFI annual conference. She played a key role in the association's overall management, strategic development, and membership outreach. Prior to joining PFI, Hedrick worked for a public policy initiative at Georgetown University Law Center that focused on workplace flexibility.

CPM and Pellet Technology form strategic alliance
CPM and Pellet Technology LLC, have formed a strategic alliance to help bring sustainable, renewable energy to electric utilities and biofuels producers. Pellet Technology has developed a complete supply chain solution for biomass users that includes feedstock supply contracting, harvest management and patent-pending production technology to turn corn stover into PowerPellets. Under the agreement, the two companies will work together to market Pellet Technology’s biomass engineering processes along with CPM’s hammermills and pellet mills.  Together, they will implement a  “field-to-fuel” program that provides electric utilities and biofuels producers with an affordable and reliable source of renewable energy.

CBI introduces new equipment
Adding to its line of portable grinders and chippers, Continental Biomass Industries Inc. has introduced the Magnum Force Disc Chipper 754 and the Flail 604 debarker/delimber. This integrated, high-capacity chipping system was designed specifically for logging contractors who want to maximize throughput, minimize downtime, increase production and lower operating costs. The Magnum Force Flail 604 is a four-roll flail design that has been engineered for high-volume debarking while reducing fiber loss, chain wear, and fuel consumption. The heavy-duty units were designed to work together as one in the field and built to be legally transportable.

Buhler acquires pelleting die manufacturer Tijdhof
The Buhler Technology Group acquired Tijdhof Persmatrijzen with headquarters in Oldenzaal, Netherlands. This manufacturer of dies and rollers for feed pellet mills will be integrated in the Feed & Biomass business unit. Tijdhof Persmatrijzen, which was set up 30 years ago, specializes in the manufacture of pelleting dies and rollers, which it supplies to the animal feed and biomass industries worldwide. The management and roughly 20 employees will be retained in the company, which will be continued under the Buhler Tijdhof product brand. The acquisition allows Buhler to supply its customers with all the wear and spare parts of a pellet mill from its own single in-house source, including consulting services.

Viridis begins shipping pellets to Europe
Viridis Energy Inc. has begun shipping wood pellets to Italy via an off-take agreement arranged through its strategic alliance with Abellon Clean Energy Ltd. that was signed recently. The agreement marks Viridis’ second major off-take agreement in Europe. In addition, the Viridis/Abellon joint alliance is scheduled to begin shipping wood pellets to Switzerland. Abellon Clean Energy is an integrated sustainable energy solutions provider based in Ahmedabad, India, with operations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, U.K., India and Africa. Viridis commenced its collaboration with Abellon in August to identify and secure supply agreements for the company’s existing production, partner on the proposed acquisition of Monte Lake property and the development of a production facility, and to provide a strategic investment in Viridis by Abellon.