Business and People

By | April 15, 2010
>Applied Process Technology International LLC, a newly formed, wholly-owned subsidiary of Bateman Litwin N.V., has purchased the assets of Delta-T Corp. for $2.2 million. Bateman Litwin purchased Delta-T for $45 million in 2007. Applied Process Technology will be based out of Williamsburg, Va., in the same office space Delta-T was in, said Dave Hughes, president and general manager of Applied Process Technology.

>In early March, Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. offered up newly issued shares of its common stock. The company is looking for net proceeds of $79.3 million, including overallotment options, for a total of 6.325 million shares of common stock. A month earlier, the company reported $436.7 million in total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2009, a total increase of $255.5 million from the fourth quarter of 2008. The significantly higher operating income in the fourth quarter was attributed primarily to a strong performance in ethanol production at the company's six ethanol plants, said Todd Becker, president and CEO.

>Growth Energy added six new ethanol producer members. With Cardinal Ethanol, Carbon Green Bioenergy LLC, Tharaldson, Redfield Energy LLC, Advanced Bio Energy LLC, and Corn Plus signing on, the coalition of U.S. ethanol supporters now includes 55 plant members and 34 associate members. "Since our inception a little more than a year ago, Growth Energy has made great strides on behalf of making America energy independent, cleaning our environment and creating jobs right here in the U.S.," said Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis.

>BlueFire Ethanol Fuels Inc. posted its first-ever profit after filing its annual reporting form for 2009 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company recorded $4.3 million in revenue, resulting in a 4 cent profit per share. BlueFire reported it has applied for a $250 million loan guarantee for its cellulosic ethanol biorefinery in Fulton, Miss. The company wants to build two cellulosic ethanol facilitiesa 3.9 MMgy plant at Fulton and a 19 MMgy plant near Lancaster, Calif. The location near Lancaster is fully permitted and shovel ready, according to the company.

>Osage Bio Energy will partner with Land O'Lakes Purina Feed to market its distillers grains coproduct as barley protein meal. Construction is expected to wrap up in May at Appomattox Bio Energy in Hopewell, Va., the first commercial scale barley-to-ethanol plant in the United States. The 65 MMgy facility will remove the hulls from the barley, resulting in reduced fiber content and concentrated protein and starch. The coproduct is expected to find a market both domestically and internationally thanks to demand and limited availability of a nongenetically modified product, said Darian Carpenter, Land O'Lakes merchandising manager.

>Novozymes has signed a memorandum of understanding with Vancouver-based Lignol Energy Corp. Novozymes enzymes will be used this year at Lignol's 100,000 liter-per-year pilot plant in Burnaby, British Columbia. Lignol is planning to build a demonstration plant and large-scale biorefineries to utilize its process with Novozymes enzymes. Lignol's current feedstock is hardwood chips but the company plans to begin working with softwood later in the year.

>Inbicon and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding announced a licensing agreement for a number of biomass refineries in Southeast Asia to be built using Inbicon technology. Feasibility studies to determine the number of facilities and locations are under way. Mitsui, which is headquartered in Tokyo, plans to use wastes from palm oil production to produce ethanol. Coproducts from the process include a molasses animal feed and clean lignin for energy production.

>Glycos Biotechnologies Inc. announced in March that it had successfully produced lactic acid and ethanol at a facility capable of producing up to 150,000 liters of chemicals. The company uses multiple non-sugar feedstocks and is focusing its efforts on production of specialty chemicals used for a wide range of applications, such as biodegradable and non-degradable plastics in addition to fuel ethanol. "By using our proprietary microbes and bioprocess technologies as an alternative to conventional petrochemical-based manufacturing processes, GlycosBio has invented a sustainable and cost-efficient approach to the production of next generation bioproducts," said Paul Campbell, chief scientific officer for Glycos Biotechnologies.

>Onset Computer Corp. announced enhancements to its Web-based energy and environmental monitoring systems. The company's trademarked Hobo U30, a data logger product, now boasts expanded cellular network coverage, customizable display and an eco-friendly weatherproof enclosure. In addition, the company hired Justin Testa as president. He is a past executive vice president and business unit manager for Cognex Corp.

>A new handheld pressure calibrator features a built-in electric pump system designed for high-accuracy pressure calibration. Jopha HP600, a trademarked product of Ametek Calibration Instruments, works as a pressure indicator, pressure calibrator, a complete mA loop calibrator (including 24-volt supply), voltmeter, thermometer and pressure/vacuum generator. "The HPC 600 features a user configurable information display, 15 different pressure units, transmitter supply, mA input/output, percent error calculation, voltage measurement, serial communications and an external pressure module capability," according to the company. "The accuracy of the HPC is specified in percent of reading to ensure an even better accuracy and more applicable pressure range."

>Mick Sawka has been named vice president of business development for Qteros Inc. Sawka has 19 years experience in the specialty chemicals industry, including negotiations and leadership in numerous partnerships, alliances and acquisitions. Previously, he worked for Microbia Inc., a developer of specialty chemicals for industrial applications. "Mick's experience and success helping lead innovative product development within large-scale industrial chemicals companies will bring a great complement to our team as we accelerate the development of important industrial partnerships for Qteros," said John McCarthy, president and CEO.

>Asahi/America Inc. announced the addition of Polytetra electric heaters to its product line. The heaters have an extended life due to corrosion-resistant coating and other design elements, the company said, and can be completely submerged in a chemical bath. The heaters are available in standard models from 120-600V and 350-4000 watts of continuous power with lengths of 3 to 15 feet and can be factory bent to the desired shape.

>Universal input/output transmitters have been added to Honeywell's XYR 6000 wireless products. The transmitters are used to monitor level switches, pump status and system alarms, convert up to three measurements into wireless sensor signals, and can help save 30 percent over similar devices that transmit signals from only two inputs. "More manufacturers today are considering wireless monitoring to improve asset management while saving costs, but converting to a wireless infrastructure isn't always easy," said Raymond Rogowski, global product marketing manager wireless, Honeywell Process Solutions. "Devices such as the XYR 6000 Universal I/O Transmitter can ease the transition to wireless and help plants reap the overall safety, equipment reliability and process efficiency benefits that come with it."

>Enerkem Inc., a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals technology company, announced that Patrice Ouimet has joined the company as vice president and chief financial officer. Ouimet's most recent experience in finance was for Gildan Activewear, an international apparel manufacturer and marketer. "I am thrilled to welcome Patrice Ouimet to Enerkem. He is an experienced finance executive and his knowledge of capital markets transactions and manufacturing brings valuable skill sets to our company," said Vincent Chornet, president and CEO. EP


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