INDUSTRY NEWS SMALLTALK 2
S-Tec of Norway joins Berthold
Norwegian company Sensor Technology AS (S-Tec) has joined Berthold Technologies, the worldwide supplier of radiometric instruments for process control. S-Tec is also a specialist for nucleonic gauges and, with their vast experience in the oil and gas industry, the company is a perfect match for Berthold’s growth strategy. S-Tec’s products and the close co-operation with major customers and research institutes will continue. Berthold’s products and service, including the unrivalled experience and facilities for radioactive source production and handling, and leading sensing technologies, will complement S-Tec’s scope of supply for the Norwegian market. The acquisition is expected to offer significant benefits to both current and future customers.
Appointment at EFI Dr Georg Winkel has been appointed as Head of Resilience Programme at the European Forest Institute (EFI) and will take up his position at the institute’s office in Bonn, Germany, early next year.
Dr Winkel holds an MSc degree in Forest Science and PhD and Habilitation in Forest and Environmental Policy. He has an extensive background in analysing forest policy in different regions of the world and can draw on a rich set of analytical approaches and methods. He has large-scale international research experience, with a vast focus on the interrelation of forest and environmental policy. Currently, he works as a Head of Research Programme ‘Forest for Society’ at EFI.
He has previously been a Senior Researcher in the Forest and Environmental Policy Group at the University of Freiburg and a visiting scholar at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley. He is also a Faculty Associate of Yale University’s Governance, Environment and Markets Initiative.
4 Autumn 2016 4 Scottish expansion for re:heat
key appointment to its business and the opening of a Scottish office have
been announced by re:heat as it continues to drive forward ambitious expansion plans. Respected biomass energy expert Steve Luker has joined re:heat as principal consultant to add extra weight to its comprehensive portfolio of services, supporting client demand for green heating and leading work to drive up industry standards.
With Steve’s appointment, re:heat will open an office in Glasgow where he will lead the company’s drive to grow its presence in the Scottish biomass energy marketplace.
Steve, who previously headed up Steve Luker Associates, is a trusted biomass and renewable energy consultant to a host of companies and organisations in Scotland, including local authorities, housing associations, the NHS, forestry and woodland sector and renewable energy industries.
He has specialist technical knowledge of biomass, district heating and renewable heat technologies with recognised proficiency in business planning, policy development and contract delivery, advising the UK and overseas governments on biomass contracts.
Steve’s appointment is a milestone for re:heat, which is enjoying rapid growth. Last year, it reported a turnover in excess of £3.8 million.
“I have successfully worked together with re:heat on a variety of projects and bringing our expertise together seemed like a natural progression to make,” said Steve. “I’m delighted to be appointed as part of the re:heat team, whom I know are respected leaders in the UK biomass energy sector.
“There are a number of market areas that we would like to pursue and Scotland is one of them, for example where there are biomass projects that have already been installed, but are not running as
efficiently and effectively as they could be.”
The company helps customers identify and buy the right biomass boilers for their needs and also works in designing systems, fuel supply logistics, fault-finding and problem resolution. It has advised the UK Government on the future costs of biomass in a mass market as part of a growing demand for its expert consultancy services. Director Neil Harrison said, “Steve is a major appointment for our business, bringing with him many years of experience in the biomass energy sector and a reputation for excellence. “He has worked with many clients across Scotland and has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities for the sector.
“He will run our new Glasgow office, which gives us a physical presence in Scotland for the first time. Steve’s leadership will give us a trusted and influential presence in the marketplace as we continue to grow our business there.”
Indonesian pilot for biofuels
Support for a new community- led biofuel pilot initiative that could, when scaled up, help to reduce the use of fossil fuels in Indonesia has been announced by Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP). The project could also increase the availability of renewable biofuels, provide incomes for local communities and help to reduce the
vulnerability of Indonesia’s forests to fire, degradation and deforestation.
The pilot, the result of the jurisdictionally-based partnership to support green growth between APP, the Governor of West Kalimantan and the Belantara Foundation, will find suitable land to be planted with Kemiri Sunan trees, either as a
community plantation or as a restoration area. The Reutealis trisperma, also known as Philippine tung or Kemiri Sunan in Indonesia, is rapidly emerging as a potential source of biofuel, to supply Indonesia’s B15/B20 biodiesel programme and key export markets for biofuels such as the European Union.
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