Business Briefs

Companies, Organizations & People in the News
By Staff | December 31, 2013

Honeywell has been selected by Transport for London to provide its Fusion4 technology to allow biofuels used in London buses to be blended directly at London bus depots, rather than mixing with diesel at refineries in Scotland and transported to the capital. The solution is currently being piloted at the Barking bus depot. The new blending capability will reduce the number of fuel delivery vehicles needed to supply biodiesel to the London buses. The Barking depot took delivery in September of Honeywell Enraf’s Fusion4 Microblender system—a preassembled, skid-mounted system for blending including a storage tank that will be delivered to the site ready to use. With the company’s Fusion4 blending controller, operators at the depot can easily ensure an accurate mix through intuitive icon-driven menus and running screens. 

SeQuential-Pacific Biodiesel continues to gain momentum in the Seattle market, adding Woodland Park Zoo and Husky Stadium as cooking oil recycling customers in the second half of 2013. SeQuential-Pacific is also pleased to be included in Washington’s annual Green 50 list for the second consecutive year. The list honors companies that make significant environmental contributions in the state of Washington.

Malaysian palm oil refiner Mewah International Inc. has agreed to purchase biodiesel assets from Gomedic Sdn. Bhd for $13 million. The assets include 25,055 square meters (about 6 acres) of land and a 30 MMgy biodiesel production facility. The biodiesel plant is strategically located in the vicinity of the company’s largest palm oil refinery in Pulau Indah Industrial Park, Westport, Malaysia. The investment is expected to further consolidate the group’s position as an integrated palm oil processor. The purchase is expected to be complete in the first quarter of this year, and will be funded by internal accruals, Mewah International stated.

Cavitation Technologies Inc. (CTi) announced that its U.S. patent application, titled, “Process for Producing Biodiesel Through Lower Molecular Weight Alcohol-Targeted Cavitation,” has been approved for patent issuance. The company says this approval adds another significant accomplishment to CTi’s extensive portfolio of patents related to cavitation-assisted technologies and cavitation devices. “This newly patented hydrodynamic cavitation technology and process has demonstrated that it can reduce costs and significantly lessen the environmental impact associated with biodiesel production,” says Roman Gordon, CTi chief technology officer. “Working in cooperation with our strategic business partners, Desmet Ballestra and GEA Westfalia, the company will initially target North and South American biodiesel producers for new and retrofit installations.”

Piedmont Biofuels has been selected as host for the 2014 Collective Biodiesel Conference, to be held Aug. 14-17. Piedmont Biofuels is known for its community-based approach to biodiesel production and distribution, as well as its process technology innovations such as the cooperative’s trailblazing work in enzymatic production. Piedmont Biofuels’ 14-acre industrial park in Pittsboro, N.C., features multifeedstock biodiesel processing in addition to hydroponics, aquaponics, biochar production and sustainable agriculture. Co-hosting the event will be Central Carolina Community College, where many of the breakout sessions will be held.

Environmentally friendly drum handlers from Morse Manufacturing Co. Inc. offer optional batteries that contain no lead, no acid, create no gasses during charge, and are lighter than lead-acid batteries. Plus, much longer life means fewer replacements, less maintenance labor and downtime, often reducing total costs. The batteries put out up to 2,000 cycles, and achieve up to eight times longer cycle life than lead-acid batteries with no maintenance. They can be stored for up to one year without recharging and have a typical design life of five years. The 12.8V, 19.2Ah, 245.76Wh batteries are made of four 3.2V 100Ah pieces with aluminum panel, nylon handle and plastic cover on the top. Morse, “The Specialist In Drum Handling,” has originated most drum handling advancements and offers the widest product line of more than 100 items, plus custom engineered versions, and provides users with the most extensive and expert world wide dealer support network.

Adkins Energy LLC has been awarded a $500,000 Rural Energy for America Program grant to begin construction on a $4.5 million biodiesel plant on the east side of its Lena, Ill., campus. The 2 MMgy facility is expected to begin production this spring. Adkins Ethanol currently produces about 1.5 MMgy of distillers corn oil, which is sold either into the biodiesel production market or as a supplement to the animal feed market. Adkins will use this feedstock to produce the biodiesel in its facility, a process that will be fully integrated into existing ethanol operations, creating significant operating efficiencies in biodiesel production. WB Services of Kansas is partnering with Adkins to create this first-of-its-kind integrative project. The new plant will be about 8,500 square feet, but designed to add more equipment to double its production capabilities if needed. Baker estimates the new plant will create a number of immediate new job opportunities as well as temporary construction jobs.


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