Business Briefs

By Staff | January 30, 2012

Solazyme Inc. announced the hiring of Mark Warner as senior vice president of engineering. Warner joins Solazyme from Harris Group where he was senior vice president of process industries. In his new role with Solazyme, Warner is responsible for the design and construction of Solazyme’s renewable oil and bioproducts production facilities worldwide. Before Harris Group, Warner was responsible for the design and construction of one of the largest biodiesel production facilities in the U.S., Imperium Renewables’ Grays Harbor facility, as vice president of engineering for Imperium. Warner is a professional engineer with 26 years of broad-ranging business, technical, and management experience in the building and development of renewable energy projects and chemical plant operations.

OPW Engineered Systems, a division of OPW Fluid Transfer Group, offers its trademarked Endura Series Dual Split Flange Swivel Joint specifically designed to transfer acids, solvents, petrochemicals and other toxic fluids. With no ball bearings to remove, Endura Swivel Joints feature reduced maintenance time and costs—simply unbolt the sealing flanges to access the seals. The Endura’s bearing module also allows for easy replacement and rebuild options. Because of its easy maintenance, Endura Swivel Joints feature a longer life and lower total cost of ownership when compared with other available swivel joints. One of the most distinctive design features of the Endura Swivel Joint is its redundant sealing, meaning that it incorporates a main seal, back-up seal and an environmental seal. If the main product seal ever leaks due to normal wear, the back-up seal contains the fluid. OPW Endura Swivel Joints are available in 2, 3 and 4-inch sizes. Standard seal materials include Buna-N, fluorocarbon, PTFE, EPDM and Neoprene.

BBI International and NEAtech announced in January a joint venture to develop a new international consulting service called BBI Consulting Services. Utilizing existing resources, the service will allow BBI International and NEAtech to deliver additional expertise to customers who are conceptualizing, developing or refining their bioenergy projects. By combining their experience and BBI International’s broadcast spectrum, the new venture will have the ability to offer a breadth of bioenergy consulting to thousands of companies and organizations worldwide, as well as state and federal departments in the U.S. Leading the consulting group are two experienced bioenergy consultants, Rafael Nieves and Mark Yancey of NEAtech. Nieves has worked in the bioenergy sector for more than 28 years and has experience managing international bioenergy projects. Yancey has 35 years of experience in the fields of bioenergy and environmental engineering.

Elm Street Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in New Haven, Conn., has provided financing for the formation of a new company, P2 Science, which aims to usher in a new class of high-performance surfactants, called C-glycosides (CGs), derived from renewable feedstocks. P2 Science will utilize a patent-pending technology developed by Patrick Foley at Yale University’s Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering. Foley joined P2 Science as the company’s chief scientific officer. The biobased CGs will be positioned primarily as co-surfactants to enhance the performance properties of primary surfactants that exist in the market today, such as linear alkybenzene sulfonic acid, sodium alkyl sulfates, alcohol ethoxylates and other similar products.

Bradley J. Bell has joined Virent’s board of directors. As part of his responsibilities, Bell will chair Virent’s audit committee and serve as a member of its compensation committee. Bell served as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) of Nalco Co. from October 2003 through 2010. For six years prior to joining Nalco, Bell was senior vice president and CFO of Rohm and Haas Co., now part of Dow Chemical. His previous experience included executive roles at both Whirlpool Corp. and Bundy Corp. Earning a bachelor’s degree in finance, Bell graduated with high honors from the University of Illinois. He holds a master’s degree in business administration, conferred with distinction, from Harvard University Graduate School of Business.