Busines Briefs

By Staff | January 25, 2012

ReEnergy appoints White director of energy operations
ReEnergy Holdings LLC, a Latham, N.Y.-based renewable energy company, has named James White as its director of energy operations. White, who has a degree in marine engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy and an MBA in management from Bentley University, is responsible for ReEnergy’s health and safety program and operation of the company’s energy assets. He joined ReEnergy after five years in leadership roles with NextEra Energy Resources. White was plant manager for American Ref-Fuel Co. in Newark, N.J., for 10 years before joining NextEra.

NAES announces new members of turbine services division
Independent services provider NAES has incorporated new management, sales, proposal and support personnel with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences into its Turbine Services Division. Russell James, Rob Broglio and Rick Stanford have joined the division as project services manager and business development managers, respectively, and Debi Patrick will be the new proposal manager. James brings nearly 30 years of field service experience in turbine overhaul and installation to the turbine field services management team. Broglio has more than 20 years of experience in new installations, as well as retrofit of power generation facilities, in both field and design engineering, in addition to business development and EPC project negotiations. Sanford’s 25 years of experience in the oil, gas and power industries, with emphasis on rotating equipment and upstream markets, brings broad managerial experience to NAES rotating equipment and repair services. Patrick comes to NAES with 25 years of power industry experience with an emphasis on maintenance and construction projects. 

Potter promoted to engineering manager
Aaron Potter has been promoted to engineering manager for Innovative Processing Solutions. Potter has more than 14 years of experience as a systems and design engineer for Innovative Processing, as well as its affiliate, Stedman Machine Co. Potter has a degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. His responsibilities include customer relations, project management, systems and component design, and estimating.

ArborGen named Southeast Partnership for IBSS member
ArborGen has been named as a core member of the recently formed Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems. Created through a $15 million grant from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to accelerate the supply of biobased renewable energy, the IBSS partnership will develop sustainable feedstock production systems for dedicated energy crops, specifically purpose grown trees and switchgrass. The Center for Renewable Carbon, a program of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, will act as the lead institution for the IBSS, which will include several collaborating institutions throughout the Southeast. Maud Hinchee, ArborGen’s chief science officer, and Michael Cunningham, director of product development, will serve as ArborGen’s representatives to the Southeast IBBS partnership. ArborGen expertise will be critical in meeting the IBSS partnership goal of exploring the inherent performance and cost advantages of short-rotation woody crops such as eucalyptus, pine and poplar, matching the economic and environmental performance of each feedstock with a preferred conversion platform.

Pellet Technology, Vermeer Corp. form strategic alliance
Pellet Technology USA has formed a strategic alliance with Vermeer Corp. Under the terms of the alliance, Vermeer will serve as the exclusive supplier of the feedstock grinder to be used in Pellet Technology’s patent-pending system to manufacture its PowerPellets product from stover, wood, energy crops and other agricultural residues. The Vermeer HG6000 horizontal grinder, complete with a patented Series II duplex drum, will be integrated with the Pellet Technology air-assisted feed system, allowing for higher moisture agricultural residue to be processed. The addition of the Vermeer horizontal grinder to the Pellet Technology USA design package provides a key component to the company’s turnkey biomass processing solution.