Business Briefs

By Staff | February 21, 2012

Negroponte joins Greenwood Energy as senior advisor
John Negroponte, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and Ambassador to the United Nations, has joined Greenwood Energy as senior advisor and board member. Negroponte will provide strategic advice and senior counsel to Greenwood’s management as it continues to build its platform of investment in both the renewable fuel and clean energy sectors.
Founded to repurpose industrial waste into fuel pellets, Greenwood Energy is now a growing provider in North America that incorporates a clean power division deploying the latest research in fuel cell technology and energy efficiency.
Negroponte also serves as an advisor to the board for the Libra Group, Greenwood’s parent company, which has additional renewable energy interests in EuroEnergy, the European operator of wind farms, solar parks and biomass plants. 

DP CleanTech expands into the UK biomass market
DP CleanTech has set up an office in Wolverhampton, U.K., the company’s fourth strategic investment in the past year. The announcement follows the recent opening of new offices and manufacturing facilities in Thailand and Poland. DP CleanTech executives expect the U.K. market to be promising because of its energy initiatives, including the Renewable Heat Incentive.
The world's largest straw-fired plant, a 38 MW facility in Ely, Cambridgeshire, uses DP CleanTech’s highly acclaimed straw-firing technology. 
Founded in 2004, DP CleanTech designs, engineers, manufactures and commissions biomass and waste-to-energy power plants, providing complete solutions for turning waste materials into clean energy.

Partners introduce gasification burner system
Green Clean Heat of Newton, N.H., and Nord Energy Systems, Rowayton, Conn., have formed a joint venture aimed at providing economical, high-efficiency heating systems. The Nord Energy Gasification Burner is a heating unit designed to replace oil burners in furnaces and boilers used in residential and small commercial applications. Green Clean Heat will provide ready-to-install systems for schools, municipal buildings, hospitals, condominiums, and other commercial and industrial facilities.
The Gasification Burner uses computer controls to ensure the high-efficiency gasification and combustion of biomass resources such as pellets and wood chips.
Nord Energy Systems is a research and development organization specializing in high-efficiency biomass-based heating and power generating systems.

Ineos Bio chooses AMEC as license support engineering firm
Ineos Bio has selected AMEC, an international engineering company, to be its global license support engineering firm, as the company rolls out its licensing program for the Ineos Bio advanced bioenergy technology. AMEC will work with Ineos Bio to develop engineering design packages for future Ineos Bio technology licensees.  AMEC was selected following an extensive evaluation process of qualified global engineering firms.
The value of the contract has not been announced.
AMEC’s experience in similar markets, along with its dedication to sustainable business practices makes it an ideal license support contractor for Ineos Bio. The two companies are currently working together on the first commercial-scale facility to deploy the waste-to-bioenergy technology. Slated to come online this year, the Indian River BioEnergy Center in Vero Beach, Fla., will produce 8 million gallons of advanced cellulosic ethanol and 6 MW of power, while providing a solution for dealing with waste that would normally end up in a landfill. 

Koller joins Vecoplan as sales, project management engineer
Lars Koller joined Vecoplan LLC, a size-reduction technology supplier, as a sales and project management engineer. Koller earned an advanced mechanical engineering degree from the University of Hannover, Germany, in 2001. He brings 10 years of engineering experience from Focke & Co., having first worked in research and development at Focke’s Verden, Germany, headquarters and then as manager of the design department at Focke’s Whitsett, N.C., facility.
Koller’s responsibilities will include coordinating the design and development of turnkey shredding systems for the recycling sector. He will also oversee the manufacturing and implementation of his projects once the engineering phase has been completed, ensuring continuous quality control throughout the process.