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WOOD CHIP WARRIOR: The WC2300 wholetree chipper was designed for efficiency.
Vermeer enters whole-tree chipper market Vermeer Corp. has introduced the WC2300 whole-tree chipper designed specifically to produce chips for the growing biomass industry. The WC2300 features many proven technologies developed by Vermeer. The heart of the WC2300 is its innovative in-feed system that includes variable-speed, dual in-feed conveyor chains, a conveyor head pulley with integral grip bars and an aggressive large-diameter in-feed roller with crush capability. These design elements provide efficient feeding of difficult material types, reducing the number of times an operator has to handle the material. In addition, the in-feed conveyor chains are individually tensioned to accommodate unequal chain wear, allowing the operator to replace a single chain at a time. ADI Group creates new position Hollis Cole, CEO of ADI Group Inc., announced the addition of Joséf Leão to the ADI team. ADI Group created the new position of manager of biogas applications for ADI Systems Inc., one of the ADI Group of companies. This position allows ADI to place greater emphasis on worldwide opportunities of utilizing biogas, a viable source of green energy. Leão comes to ADI with more than 30 years experience in engineering, logistics and operations plus strong academic and profes-
sional credentials. Fluent in six languages, his background in biogas utilization and green energy systems complements the technical abilities of existing ADI staff. Metso to supply biomass plant in Estonia Metso will supply Oü Helme Energia with a biomass power plant for combinedheat-and-power production in the township of Helme, Estonia. The power plant will be delivered by the Metso-Wärtsilä joint venture MW Power. The value of the order is more than €15 million ($20.7 million). Scheduled for start-up the third quarter of 2012, the plant will utilize bubbling fluidized bed technology using a combination of spruce bark, chipped logging residue and wood chips or milled peat as the main fuels. The plant will produce 15 megawatts (MW) of heat and 6.4 MW of electricity, which will partly be utilized in the customer’s own pellet factory and the rest will be distributed into the national grid. Oü Helme Energia is a subsidiary of AS Graanul Invest, which is a private capital-based company dealing with bioenergy and renewable energy production. Natgun and Dyk merge and form DN Tanks Natgun Corp., Wakefield, Mass., and Dyk Inc., El Cajon, Calif., jointly announced the merger of their companies and the formation of their new parent company DN Tanks Inc. Both companies specialize in the design and construction of prestressed concrete storage tanks used for potable water, wastewater, chilled water and other liquids. The merger of the two companies, with more than 130 years of combined experience, creates the largest producer of wire and strand-wound prestressed concrete tanks in the world. Initially, Natgun and Dyk will operate under their existing names, as divisions
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of DN Tanks. As the integration process takes place, they will evolve into a single operating company. A four-member board of directors, comprised of Charles Crowley, William Hendrickson, William Crowley, and David Gourley, will lead DN Tanks. Charles Crowley and Hendrickson will serve as co-CEOs. Howard joins Ze-gen as CEO Ze-gen Inc., a developer and integrator of advanced gasification technology to convert waste streams into synthesis gas, has hired Walter Howard as CEO, replacing Bill Davis who Walter Howard, founded Ze-gen in 2004. who has extensive experience in An industry veteran, power project with more than 30 years development, has of global power project been hired as the CEO of Ze-gen. development experience, Howard has held executive positions with utility leaders. Davis will remain on Zegen's board of directors and stay actively involved as an adviser to Ze-gen focused on special projects. DP CleanTech appoints board chair, extends European manufacturing capacity Zhang Shengman was appointed chairman of the board for DP CleanTech Group Ltd. Shengman is the chairman of Citigroup in the Asia Pacific, which employs more than 50,000 people in 19 countries generating revenues approaching $15 billion. Shengman is also on the board of directors of Guangdong Development Bank. DP CleanTech recently made its first significant investment in Poland by building a workshop in Jędrzejów to manufacture boilers and pressure parts to serve the European biomass and waste-to-energy market. The
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