Business Briefs

By Staff | November 19, 2013

Genera promotes executives

Genera Energy Inc. has appointed Keith Brazzell to the position of chief operating officer. He previously served as the company’s vice president of operations and technology. In his new role, with the aim of positioning Genera as a fully integrated biomass system and complete supply chain, Brazzell will ramp up the company’s operational capability by improving and expanding its systems, processes and resource base. Brazzell has more than 25 years of experience and was instrumental in the design, construction, start-up and operation of the DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol biorefinery in Vonore, Tenn., serving as plant manager. Genera has also named Sam Jackson to the role of vice president of business development. Jackson is a founder of Genera and led the company’s biomass feedstock production and supply chain programs. Since March 2012, he has served as vice president of biomass feedstock development and supply. 


HEMCO offers ModuLab

HEMCO Corp. has announced the availability of its ModuLab, a custom-designed room enclosure with control systems that meet a variety of environmental and class clean requirements. The product can achieve strict environmental control by incorporating HEPA and carbon filtration to regulate air quality ranging from Class 100 to 100,000. ModuLab has be used in conjunction with dust collectors to control room dust levels. The system is available with a variety of options, including a selection of doors, lighting, plumbing, electrical and lab furniture systems. 

BioProcess Algae names newVP of business development 

BioProcess Algae LLC has named Leslie van der Meulen as its vice president of business development. His duties will include overseeing corporate development activities. Prior to joining BioProcess Algae, van der Meulen was vice president of business development for Aurora Algae, and has also served as director of sales and marketing at Originates/Naturmega. 

Pacific Green adds director 

Pacific Green Technologies Inc. has named Andrew Jolly as a non-executive director. Jolly is the founder of Equis Energy Ltd., which specializes in creating, developing and delivering concepts for biomass projects. He also has expertise is assessing, accreditation and maintenance of renewable energy technologies, the Renewables Obligation, Feed in Tariffs, Renewable Heat Incentive, and Combined Heat and Power Quality Assurance. 

FERC chair joins Stoel Rives 

Stoel Rives LLP has announced that Jon Wellinghoff will join the firm upon completion of his service as chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Wellinghoff submitted his resignation to President Obama on May 28, but no date has been announced for his departure. Wellinghoff was named chairman of the FERC in March 2009. He was appointed FERC commissioner in 2006. Prior to joining the FERC, he was an energy law attorney focused on client matters related to renewable energy, energy efficiency and distributed generation. 

Virent awarded for technology 

Virent Inc. received third-place honors for the Emerging Innovation Award presented by Securing America’s Future Energy at the organization’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes companies with breakthrough technologies that are driving fundamental improvements in energy security with the potential to reach the market within the next five years.  

Metso approves demerger 

Metso Corp.’s extraordinary general meeting has approved the board of director’s proposed plan for a partial demerger, deciding to demerge Metso into two companies. Metso’s pulp, paper and power business will be transferred to a new company, Valmet Corp. Mining, construction and automation businesses will remain part of Metso. The demerger is expected to be complete Dec. 31. 


BIO adds communications director 

The Biotechnology Industry Organization has announced the addition of veteran congressional and campaign communications strategist Jeff Sadosky as its managing director of communications and deputy to Ken Lisaius, senior vice president of communications. Sadosky most recently served as Sen. Rob Portman’s communications director.