Business Briefs

By | June 15, 2010
Dover Corp.'s Pump Solutions Group was recently named recipient of the 2010 North American Positive Displacement Pumps Customer Value Enhancement of the Year Award by Frost & Sullivan. The award was presented to PSG at Frost & Sullivan's 2010 Excellence in Industrial Technologies Awards banquet at the Grand Hyatt-Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. Comprised of Dover's individual pump brands, including Wilden, Blackmer, Griswold, Almatec, Mouvex and Neptune, PSG is currently one of the largest manufacturers of air-operated double-diaphragm and sliding vane pumps.

Alsip, Ill.-based Kastalon Inc. has designed and manufactured a fixture to lock internal fryer oil and yellow grease tank-systems and their contents to deter grease theft, which has been on the rise. Once considered waste, used fryer oil now serves as a viable and substantial key-ingredient in alternative fuel sourcing. The highly pure nature of used fryer oil and its relative low viscosity have made it a prime and easy target for thieves. Some larger holding tanks can be vacuumed empty in just minutes. Kastalon's innovation is trademarked The Sekure Kap, and markets it as easy to install, simple to maintain and can be cost-effectively retrofitted to any oil-containment system.

Ramon Gonzalez, William W. Akers Assistant Professor in the Departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Bioengineering at Rice University in Houston, also chair of Glycos Biotechnologies Inc.'s Scientific Advisory Board, received the 2010 Glycerin Innovation Award during the Annual Meeting & Expo of the American Oil Chemists' Society. The Award is sponsored annually by The Soap and Detergent Association and the National Biodiesel Board and administered by AOCS. Gonzalez was presented with a $5,000 honorarium and plaque for his work. Gonzalez and his team of researchers identified the metabolic processes and conditions that allow a known strain of E. coli to convert glycerin, the byproduct of biodiesel production, into ethanol.

Process technology firm BDI-BioDiesel International AG filed a patent application for a new method of coprocessed biofuel refining. Its BioCrack technology processes a byproduct of the mineral oil industry, such as vacuum gas oil, and solid biomass such as wood or straw to obtain high-quality fuel with up to 20 percent biogenic content. The company expects the process to hit the market within three years after pilot and scale-up exercises in partnership with an undisclosed international oil company. BDI has been granted millions in funding from the Austrian "Climate and Energy Programme" for the development of BioCrack technology as part of the research and technology campaign "New Energies 2020."

Nile Ramsbottom of Innsbrook, Mo., executive vice president and officer of Renewable Energy Group Inc., was to receive the Alumni Achievement Award June 25 at Simpson College's Alumni Weekend. Simpson College is an independent, comprehensive liberal arts college located in Indianola, Iowa. The Alumni Achievement Award honors career accomplishments, service to the community and service to Simpson. Ramsbottom, a 1966 Simpson College graduate, spent 18 years in St. Louis with Ralston-Purina and Purina Mills where he, at age 38, was the youngest person ever to be named a corporate vice president and officer. In 2000, he was recruited to West Central Soy in Ralston, Iowa, where he was executive vice president. In 2005, Ramsbottom was instrumental in developing Renewable Energy Group by partnering with West Central and other strategic companies.

Troy, Mich.-based Delphi Corp. and Volkswagen have developed what is being called one of the greenest diesel systems ever produced, with the new 1.2-liter, 3-cylinder VW Polo BlueMotion-a vehicle with exceptionally low CO2 emissions and fuel consumption featuring a highly refined powertrain "built for performance," Delphi stated. Delphi supplies its Multec Diesel Common Rail System for the new fuel-efficient vehicle. With 75 horsepower at 4,000 RPM, the VW Polo BlueMotion gets about 71 miles per gallon-leaving hybrids in the dust in terms of fuel mileage-but Americans hungry for this diesel-sipping phenom are out of luck since it is not for sale in the states.

Wilks Enterprise announced the availability of comparison data done by independent laboratories on its InfraCal Ethanol and Biodiesel Blend Analyzers and InfraSpec VFA-IR Spectrometer. The InfraCal Ethanol Blend Analyzer was tested against an Oxygenate Flame Ionization Detector (O-FID) with comparable results. The InfraCal Biodiesel Blend Analyzer and InfraSpec VFA-IR Spectrometer were compared to an FT-IR using EN 14078 and ASTM 7371 methods. In all tests, the results obtained with the Wilks instruments were at least equal, if not better. This data indicates that the InfraCal Ethanol and Biodiesel Blend Analyzers, as well as the InfraSpec VFA-IR Spectrometer, do provide results comparable to EN 14078 and ASTM 7371 methods.

Netspace International Holding Inc.'s wholly owned subsidiary, Alternative Fuels Americas, signed a letter of intent to acquire Integrated Biodiesel Industries of Sao Paulo, Brazil. AFA is a biodiesel consolidation company seeking to acquire companies at every phase of the biodiesel cycle, instituting operational efficiencies and reducing the cost of biodiesel. IBI has made significant advances in recent years in feedstock development in Brazil and Argentina, and has exclusive world rights to a proprietary modular refining technology. AFA and IBI have initiated a process of due diligence and will be holding meetings to complete the acquisition over the next 90 days.

MBD Energy Limited has become OriginOil's first algae-producing customer. The parties recently signed a memorandum of understanding on a multi-phase commercialization program under which OriginOil will supply MBD Energy, an Australia-based company, with its trademarked Quantum Fracturing and Single-Step Extraction systems. In the initial phase, OriginOil will equip MBD Energy's research and development facility at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, where testing will take place. Subject to the success of the initial test phase, MBD Energy will purchase significantly larger feeding and OriginOil extraction units to serve facilities planned for its three Algal Synthesizer power station projects in Australia: Tarong Energy (Queensland), Loy Yang A (Victoria) and Eraring Energy (New South Wales). Anglo American, one of the world's largest mining companies, is a cornerstone investor in MBD Energy.

National Clean Fuels executed a letter of intent with DC BioFuels LLC to provide financial assistance in hopes of the opportunity turning into a profitable multi-year arrangement with increasing returns over the period. The LOI precedes definitive agreements that are anticipated to be executed within the month. DC BioFuels is located in the nation's capital and is building a biodiesel plant to supply the city and mid-Atlantic region. This facility is expected to process millions of gallons of waste oil per year from restaurants, residents, institutions and animal waste fats. The plant is being built to expand from 5 MMgy to more than 10 MMgy. 
 
 
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