Business Briefs

By Staff | October 30, 2012

Herty Advanced Materials Development Center names new executive
The Savannah, Ga.-based Herty Advanced Materials Development Center has named Alexander Koukoulas as its president and CEO. In his new position, Koukoulas will work with Herty’s clients to achieve their research and development and financial goals while working to create an environment that cultivates opportunity for business to relocate to, or stay within Georgia. Koukoulas, a scientist and entrepreneur, previously served as managing director of ANL Consultants LLC, consulting firm active in the pulp and paper, biomaterials and bioenergy industries. He has also served as vice president and executive director of research and development at Albany International, and has held leadership positions at International Paper.

American Biogas Council elects board members
The American Biogas Council has announced the election of four directors to its board. Joining the board for their first terms are Juliette Bohn of Humboldt Waste Management Authority and Chris Voell from BioCHG LLC. Nora Goldstein of BioCycle and Paul Greene from O’Brien & Gere are rejoining the board for their third terms. Board members are elected by the 160-member organizations of the ABC, which include anaerobic digester developers and builders, engine and turbine manufacturers, farmers, wastewater utilities, landfill operators, engineering and law firms, financiers, non-profits, universities and the entire biogas supply chain.

Merrick & Company adds technical specialist, project engineer
Detlef Kurpanek has joined Merrick & Company’s Energy Group as a senior technical specialist. He offers 25 years of experience in diversified engineering, project engineering and project management in both conventional and renewable energy projects. In his new role, Kurpanek will help ensure high-quality project delivery in the company’s utilities, refining and bioprocessing sectors. John Kosanovich has also joined Merrick as a project engineer. In this role he is responsible for technical aspects of project execution within the company’s Energy Group. He will also act as a discipline liaison for project tasks as well as generate proposals for specific energy-related projects.

Greenwood Energy hires CEO, senior vice president
Greenwood Energy, the North American renewable energy division of the Libra Group, has announced that Scott Whitney joined the company as CEO of its renewable fuel division, formerly known as Greenwood Fuels. Prior to joining Greenwood Energy, Scott spent 25 years with Covanta Energy, most recently serving as president of Covanta Holding Corp.’s European group. Dennis Loria has also joined the company as senior vice president of project development. Prior to joining Greenwood Energy, Loria founded an independent consulting practice providing technical, business and strategic advisory services for clean energy projects.

Investment firm to unite corporations with startups
New York City-based Broadscale Group LLC will unite major energy and utility companies, such as Duke Energy, General Electric and National Grid, with startup firms that offer innovative technology, but lack a strategic partner or the capital necessary to succeed in large markets. Broadscale has also formed a strategic relationship with Pegasus Capital Advisors LP, a private equity fund manager that will invest in deals identified by Broadscale. The company intends to offer strategic sources of capital for startups while also giving large corporations access to well-screened investment opportunities and innovations.