Business Briefs

By Staff | July 03, 2012

Covanta appoints Waffenschmidt to advisory council
Covanta Energy Corp., owner and operator of numerous waste-to-energy projects, appointed John G. Waffenschmidt, vice president of environmental science and community affairs, to the Product Stewardship Institute Advisory Council.
The council advises PSI on reducing the health and environmental impacts throughout the life cycle of a consumer product.
As the vice president of environmental science and community affairs at Covanta Energy, Waffenschmidt is responsible for building community outreach strategies, reducing waste stream toxicity under Covanta’s Clean World Initiative, developing environmental justice policies and working with various academic and NGO organizations. He also serves as a member of the Pennsylvania Environmental Justice Advisory Board and the Regional Plan Association, Long Island chapter.

SCS is first U.S. ISCC certification body
Scientific Certification Systems is the first certification body in the United States to be accredited by the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification system. SCS has been approved to conduct biofuel certifications, as well as ISCC Plus certification for food, animal feed and derivative chemicals produced from any feedstock.
ISCC certification qualifies biofuels sold into the European Union for recognition under the Renewable Energy Directive, which sets targets and minimum sustainability requirements for biofuel use throughout the EU. About 1,300 certified companies have already been certified under the ISCC system, making it one of the world's fastest-growing biofuel certifications.
To earn certification, a biofuel must have a reduced carbon footprint as compared to the conventional fossil fuel it replaces. Biomass and biofuel production must also meet minimum social, environmental and traceability criteria.

Turboden to provide ORC generators for two London companies
Turboden, manufacturer of biomass fueled Organic Rankine Cycle turbogenerators, was awarded an order for a 1 MW ORC plant for British broadcasting group BSkyB and a 1.8 MW ORC plant for airport owner BAA, both located in London.
Turboden has an ORC plant operating in France, as well an order for another 1.4 MW trigenerative ORC plant in Poland that will provide power, heat and cooling for a five-star luxury hotel.

Barko Hydraulics acquires Norco assets
Forestry and material handling company Barko Hydraulics LLC has acquired the assets of Norco Equipment Co. of Oconto Falls, Wis. The acquisition will enable Barko to significantly expand customer options in the forestry, bioenergy, recycling and right-of-way maintenance markets while complementing Barko’s existing line of material handlers.
Norco currently manufactures products under the Puma Equipment brand headquartered in Oconto Falls, Wis. Puma builds four- and six-wheel forwarders, track harvesters, processing heads, and firewood processors.
In addition to Norco’s Puma line, the company also offers a full line of wood processing equipment from hand-fed brush chippers, high horsepower whole-tree chippers and grinders under the Dynamic Manufacturing label.

Martin Engineering introduces new return roller
Martin Engineering has introduced a new return roller for its conveyor system technologies. The new design is a trackmounted, pivoting, return-side idler that allows service and replacement from one side of the conveyor. The Evo Return Roller’s track-mounted assembly utilizes one-pin quick change functionality to make service fast and easy. As a result, the roll can be replaced by one person in less time, reducing the risk of injuries.
Evo Return Rollers help improve safety and prevent injuries by minimizing suspension and heavy lifting, while reducing the time and resources needed for service or replacement. The return roller also features an integrated fine adjustment to completely square the belt.
Return rollers can be employed anywhere there is belt sag on the return side of the conveyor, or in situations where there are seizing issues that require frequent roll replacement.