Business Briefs

By Staff | August 22, 2012

Kompetch expands distribution network
Komptech USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Komptech Group, has added Foreman Equipment Ltd. as an authorized Komptech equipment distributor for the Canadian markets of British Columbia and Yukon. Foreman Equipment will offer local sales, parts and service support for the complete Komptech product line at its locations throughout British Columbia. Komptech is an international supplier of machinery and systems for the mechanical and mechanical-biological treatment of solid waste and the treatment of biomass as a renewable energy source. Komptech’s product line features a wide range of shredding, composing and separation equipment.

Mitsubishi subsidiary supplies biomass boiler to pulp maker
CBC Industrias Pesadas S.A., a Brazilian subsidiary of Japan-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. is supplying a high-capacity, high-performance, biomass-fired boiler to Suzano Papel e Celulose, Brazil’s largest pulp maker. The boiler will be installed at Suzano’s plant in Mucuri, Behia, where it will provide heat and power for pulp production. The boiler supplied to Suzano has an evaporation capacity of 120 tons of steam per hour and will feature CBC’s propriety bubbling fluidized bed technology. The boiler is scheduled for delivery in early 2014.

Sapphire Energy adds members to advisory board
Sapphire Energy Inc. has named new members to its Scientific Advisory Board. The new board members will play an active role in advising the company as it refines its developmental process and technologies for making algae-based crude oil. New members include Leroy Hood, president and co-founder of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle; Roger Y. Tsien, investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Center and professor of pharmacology and chemistry and biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego; Matthew Croughan, George B. and Joy Rathmann professor and director and founder of the Amgen Bioprocessing Center at Keck Graduate Institute; and H. Scott Fogler, Ame and Catherine Vennema professor of chemical engeineering and Arthur F. Thurnau professor at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Clean World Partners wins grant for biogas project
The California Energy Commission has selected Clean World Energy Partners LLC to receive a $6 million grant to support the expansion of a biogas and bioenergy project. The initial scope of the project called for Clean World Partners’ Organic Waste Recycling Center at the Sacramento-based South Area Transfer Station to convert 25 tons of food waste per day into biogas in a high solids anaerobic digestion system. The grant will allow the facility to expand to take in 100 tons per day. The project broke ground on June 7. The first phase is scheduled to be complete this summer, with the expansion complete by early next year.

Elevance wins EPA award
Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc., a producer of high-performance, renewable specialty chemicals, has been named a recipient of the U.S. EPA’s 2012 Presidential Green Chemistry Award for its work using metathesis catalysis to convert renewable oils into biobased chemicals. The award recognizes and promotes innovative chemical technologies that prevent pollution and have broad applicability in industry. Elevance’s technology uses Nobel Prize-winning innovations in metathesis catalysis, which consumes significantly less energy than petrochemical technologies while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent. Elevance is building an 180,000 metric ton biorefinery in Indonesia with Wilmar International and is repurposing a 280,000 metric ton biodiesel plant in Natchez, Miss.