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Contract Wins: Andritz, Poet-DSM Biofuels, Microgrid Solar, Eaton

Andritz, through its US subsidiary Andritz Inc., has received an order to supply its advanced continuous biomass pre-treatment technology for the Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels commercial-scale biofuel facility, Project Liberty, being built in Emmetsburg, Iowa and scheduled for completion in Q4 2013. The facility will produce 20 million gallons per year using corn cobs, leaves, husk, and stalks to produce renewable fuel through Andritz’s steam explosion technology. The technology, SteamEx, is a two-stage process that includes a vertical reactor, interstage washing and continuous steam explosion technology.

Biodico has signed an agreement with the US Navy to jointly develop biofuels and bioenergy technologies appropriate for use at US Naval and DoD facilities worldwide. The collaboration, partially supported by grants from the California Energy Commission, will optimize the operation of sustainable biorefineries producing renewable petroleum diesel equivalent liquid fuels, bio-based products and energy using renewable resources at DoD facilities.

Microgrid Solar has started work on a $2.6 million project for the US Army Corps of Engineers that includes solar carports, rooftop solar and wind turbines to be located at Fort Riley in Kansas, billed as the new “net-zero-energy” Brigade Headquarters. Microgrid will install 510 kW of solar panels covering the roof and structures for the parking lot, and five vertical axis wind turbines around the perimeter of the building. The project, scheduled for completion in 2013, will also be LEED certified, and includes a geothermal field for all of the heating and cooling needs of the building, and a solar-thermal water heating system.

Babcock & Wilcox Vølund, a Denmark-based Babcock & Wilcox Company subsidiary in its power generation segment, has been awarded a contract worth more than $170 million to design and supply a waste-to-energy boiler, environmental controls and other equipment for the Amager Bakke waste-to-energy power plant to be built near Copenhagen, Denmark. The plant, slated for completion in spring 2016, will be jointly owned by five Copenhagen-area municipalities. It will be designed with two fuel lines and have a total combustion capacity of 70 tons of municipal solid waste per hour, and is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by about 107,000 tons annually compared to a traditional coal-fired plant.

Eaton Corporation has received multiple service contracts worth $35 million from the US Army Corps of Engineers to evaluate electrical systems at DoD facilities within the continental US, Alaska, Hawaii and US territories. The projects, which include recommending energy-efficiency improvements and developing standardized and simplified designs, will be completed in March 2017. Contracts also include retro-commissioning services for utility monitoring and control systems, building automation systems, HVAC and telecommunications systems, alternative energy systems, electronic security systems, physical security systems, automated control systems and other electrical and mechanical systems, which Eaton says historically reduces energy costs up to 20 percent and have shown a return on investment in as soon as six months.

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