Business Briefs

By Staff | May 22, 2012

Parton joins Forest2Market

Stan Parton has joined Forest2Market and will lead the company’s bioenergy practice.
Parton will be responsible for the expansion of Forest2Fuel, the company’s suite of services for buyers and sellers of renewable energy fuels, and for managing product evolution and derivative product development. These services include biomass supply availability studies, tipping point analyses, site selection studies, wood fuel indexing for supply and off-take agreements and a price benchmark that buyers and sellers of wood fuel use to compare their performance and improve their positions in the market.

Before coming to Forest2Market, Parton was principal in The Parton Group, a company he established in 2001. A provider of project development support services for the renewable energy and forest products sectors, The Parton Group conducted studies, including technology options analyses, plant evaluations, and many of the same services offered by Forest2Market.

Komptech hires new sales manager

Tom Geissinger has joined Komptech USA Inc. as an area sales manager covering Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and western Pennsylvania. Geissinger has more than 15 years of sales experience and most recently was the Doppstadt Sales Specialist for Gibson Machinery in Ohio.

Metso expands in India

Metso has opened a new valve supply and service center in Vadodara, India. The new supply center supports the company's strategy to grow its valve business globally and strengthens its service capabilities in India for major petrochemical, energy, and oil and gas companies.

Metso is also expanding its valve production premises in the U.S. and Finland, and opened a new valve facility in Shanghai, China in 2010. The company also has industrial valve facilities in Brazil and Germany.

The new supply center in India is 400 kilometers north of Mumbai in the state of Gujarat, where Metso's service center has been in operation for more than two years. The state of Gujarat has the fastest growing economy in India, and is also one of the most industrialized states, with a per capita gross domestic product almost double the national average. The industrial city of Vadodara houses major customers and engineering, procurement and construction companies.

Maine Energy Systems recognized for sustainability

Wood pellet boiler manufacturer Maine Energy Systems has been recognized as part of the first state-sponsored environmental achievement awards handed out in Maine since 2005.

The Bethel-based business was honored as one of six stewards of sustainability presented with the 2012 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence by Gov. Paul LePage and Patricia Aho, commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

The awards, administered by the Maine DEP and scheduled in conjunction with Earth Day, recognize entities that voluntarily go beyond regulatory requirements to creatively and collaboratively initiate innovation that is both environmentally and economically sustainable.

Maine Energy Systems won in the Businesses Under 15 Employees category for helping Maine homes, public facilities and businesses—including Waterville High School and Mt. Abram Ski Resort—transition to a cleaner fuel sustainably harvested from Maine’s forests. Conversion to pellet heat can lower fuel costs for users by about half and cut the carbon footprint of an average-sized home by about 16 tons per year, while helping retain and create jobs in Maine’s vibrant forest products industry.

Boiler & Steam Systems develops multiclones

Boiler & Steam Systems of Bellevue, Wash., has developed new high-efficiency ceramic multiclones for coal- and wood-fired boilers. The use of ceramic materials and a new casting technology has resulted in a new generation of ultra-high efficient multiclones. The new design provides a quantum reduction in particulate emissions compared with existing collectors. The new 10- and 6-inch diameter models are currently available and 9-, 11.5- and 12-inch diameter ceramic cones will be available soon.

The new ceramic castings are a direct replacement for existing collector tubes of the same diameter. The high-efficiency designs will also help marginal boiler plants meet the new Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology standards.

The new cone geometry evolved through a combination of multiclone research projects, CFD modeling and recent studies on high-efficiency cyclonic separation. The new designs maximize the particulate capture of the collector spinner and cone as an assembly through precision casting. A custom ceramic mix is used to create a very smooth surface with an abrasion life five times longer than that of iron castings.