investment is a reflection of the increasing demand for DP CleanTech’s products in Europe. Biomass power has been identified as an effective and affordable means for meeting renewable energy targets in Eastern European countries and DP CleanTech is developing several projects. NEF, Spriggers Choice develop miscanthus production equipment
ENERGY CROP INNOVATIONS: An energy crop company and an equipment manufacturer have developed equipment to plant and harvest miscanthus.
New Energy Farms, a miscanthus developer, and Spriggers Choice, a Georgiabased manufacturer of sprig and rhizome harvesting and planting equipment, have developed equipment for growers to lift and plant miscanthus rhizomes. NEF is developing miscanthus as an energy crop for combustion and liquid biofuel uses across North America and the European Union. Spriggers Choice has been developing and manufacturing sprig and rhizome harvesters and planters for 22 years, embodying the knowledge acquired from 26 years of experience in the custom sprig and rhizome harvesting and planting business. Successful collaboration has resulted in the development of two new machines to lift and plant miscanthus rhizomes, which will be available in time for the current rhizome planting season. SACE relocates headquarters After more than five years on the 100 block of Gay Street in downtown Knox-
ville, Tenn., the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s headquarters has moved to 3804 Middlebrook Pike. The recently purchased office provides more space for SACE’s expanding staff, and allows for SACE to demonstrate energy efficient technology and renewable energy generation. SACE has begun instituting energy efficient retrofits, and will showcase a clean and efficient businesses operation. Updates on the building modifications will be available through SACE’s website, www. cleanenergy.org. MHG provides Bioenergy ERP to Spain’s largest biomass supplier MHG Systems Ltd. has started the first phase of MHG Bioenergy ERP implementation with FactorVerde SA, the largest biomass supplier in Spain. With MHG Bioenergy ERP, FactorVerde will be able to control and monitor the whole biomass delivery chain from small roadside storages, through transportation and terminals, all the way to the power plant silos. FactorVerde CEO Roberto De Antonio Garcia says the company chose MHG Bioenergy ERP, because of the strong bioenergy focus of the system and possibilities to control and manage the scattered workforce in an easy and reliable manner. Capstone’s Crouse appointed to REEE advisory committee Capstone Turbine Corp., a manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke recently named Capstone Executive Vice President Jim Crouse to a national advisory committee that will promote U.S. exports of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies. The 29-member Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency advisory committee will advise Locke on the development and implementation of programs and policies to help
expand the competitiveness of the U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. Crouse and other committee members also will develop strategies to identify and expand export markets for the industries, both in the short- and longterm. NY Biomass Energy Alliance selects new leadership The New York Biomass Energy Alliance has selected a new slate of officers to advance low-value wood, biomass crops and waste material as an affordable source of local energy to meet the Jim Waters is is state’s heat, power and fuel executive director of needs. Jim Waters, execu- the Catskill Forest tive director of the Catskill Association, a nonprofit dedicated Forest Association, will to enhancing all serve as the organization’s aspects of forest in chair. The organization’s the state's Catskill region. new president is Charlie Niebling, general manager of New England Wood Pellet, a supplier of biomass fuel, with two pellet production facilities in New York. Joseph Visalli will serve as the organization’s issues coCharlie Niebling is ordinator. The New York general manager New England Biomass Energy Alliance of Wood Pellet, which is a membership organiza- has manufacturing tion, operating under the plants in Schuyler formal sponsorship of the and Jaffrey, N.Y. New York Farm Viability Institute in Syracuse. For more information, go to www.newyorkbiomass.org. SHARE YOUR INDUSTRY NEWS: To be included in the Business Briefs, send information (including photos and logos, if available) to Industry Briefs, Biomass Power & Thermal, 308 Second Ave. N., Suite 304, Grand Forks, ND 58203. You may also e-mail information to email@example.com. Please include your name and telephone number in all correspondence.
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