Business Briefs

By Staff | May 27, 2014

Alfa Laval launched a new range of tantalum heat exchangers that offer the high corrosion resistance of a solid-tantalum heat exchanger, but at a much lower investment cost. The combined benefits of lower capital cost, long-lifetime and minimal maintenance requirements result in significantly lower total cost of ownership compared to heat exchangers made of high-grade alloys, graphite, silicon carbide or glass. Tantalum is one of the most corrosion-resistant metals, but it’s also very costly. Alfa Laval’s new tantalum heat exchangers have a thin layer of tantalum metallurgically bonded to all surfaces exposed to corrosive media. The result is maximum corrosion resistance and mechanical stability at a low investment cost. The tantalum surface allows Alfa Laval’s new heat exchangers to be used with most corrosive media at temperatures up to 437 degrees Fahrenheit. Unlike many high-grade alloys, they can be used with mixed media and at variable concentrations.

Methes Energies International Ltd. announced it has received a deposit from Antilla Energy VBA, formally known as BioFuel Aruba, to start the manufacturing process of one Denami 600 to be delivered to Aruba. The Denami 600 is expected to be delivered in September. Antilla will utilize locally collected waste cooking oil to produce biodiesel that will then be blended with diesel fuel and distributed to clients across the island. Antilla Energy VBA is a national company focused on the development and implementation of island-based biodiesel projects utilizing nonfood crop biodiesel feedstocks such as used cooking oil and algae.

Targray, a leader in North American biodiesel supply, announced a new inventory location for biodiesel in Bakersfield, Calf. Service for B99 and B100 began in mid-February. Targray will supply biodiesel to its growing customer base in California using the terminal's 24/7 truck rack. “Targray has been a major supplier of biodiesel by railcar to the California market,” says Andrew Richardson, president of Targray. “We are pleased to take it a step further by providing our customers with this strategic California inventory location able to serve both the north and the south.” Dan Murray, Targray vice president, says, “We have several active customers in California. We are now reaching out to them to make them aware that they can pick up full truckloads or even splash blend with us now in Bakersfield.”

Great Lakes Biodiesel Inc., the largest biodiesel-producing plant in Canada, received BQ-9000 Producer status from the National Biodiesel Accreditation Commission. This designation is the highest level of industry recognized quality assurance. BQ-9000 is a cooperative and voluntary quality assurance program administered by the National Biodiesel Board for the accreditation of producers and marketers of biodiesel fuel. The program addresses requirements of the ASTM standard for biodiesel, D6751, within a structured quality system that controls storage, sampling, testing, blending, shipping, distribution, and fuel management practices. Certification is awarded following a successful formal review and audit of the applicant’s quality system documentation, followed by a formal audit of the applicant’s conformance to its system. Great Lakes Biodiesel is located in Welland, Ontario. GLB is a member of the National Biodiesel Board and Ontario Biodiesel Producers Association. The GLB facility is the largest biodiesel plant in Canada producing 45 MMgy made from vegetable oils. The plant uses state-of-the-art Desmet Ballestra production equipment, which is in service in more than 80 biodiesel plants around the world.

The Iowa Biodiesel Board has chosen Grant Kimberley, Iowa Soybean Association director of market development, as its new executive director to fill the vacancy left by Randy Olson, who took a position with the U.S. Soybean Export Council earlier this year. As executive director, Kimberley’s first official day on the job was March 18, National Biodiesel Day. In his new role, Kimberley will develop and implement strategic plans for the IBB, including critical policy efforts. His duties will include overseeing the day-to-day operation of the organization, and collaborating with the board for the future of the organization. Kimberley joined the ISA staff in 2000. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture business from Northwest Missouri State University, and also has a master’s degree in public administration from Drake University. Prior to joining ISA in 2000, he worked for Monsanto. He began farming in 1995 and became the sixth generation of his family to farm in the U.S.

In April, the mayor of New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington, Celia Wade-Brown, welcomed an announcement by Z Energy of the company’s plans to invest $21 million in a 20 MMly (5.3 MMgy) biodiesel production facility. Z Energy, headquartered in Wellington, says it plans to use tallow as feedstock for its new plant, using about 10 percent of the country’s inedible tallow production. Wade-Brown says the announcement heralds a reduction in New Zealand’s reliance on fossil fuels and will help the country address climate change concerns. “Cities, countries and [corporations] all have a role to play in ensuring the world addresses very real climate change concerns,” she says. “It’s great to see local company Z Energy leading new energy sources and developing a green economy for New Zealand.”

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