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Biotech Energy Opens Corporate HQ at CCC


Wednesday, May 03, 2017



Published in the Press Republican; May 3, 2017
Story and Photo By Dan Heath


PLATTSBURGH — Biotech Energy was officially welcomed Tuesday to its new corporate headquarters at Clinton Community College.

The company bills itself as a full-service technology company that specializes in biomass thermal energy systems. Its goal is to allow clients to eliminate the use of fossil fuels for their energy needs.

The firm, which came to Clinton through the Start-Up NY Program, expects to invest $30,000 and create at least 10 new jobs in Plattsburgh.

It is leasing the Pines Cottage at the college.

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Biotech Energy CEO Stanley Kinsman said they are pleased to add biomass — fuel pellets and wood chips — to the college’s renewable-energy education spectrum, which already includes solar and wind energy.

“This industry is going to be a really big factor in renewable energy, and energy as a whole, across all of North America, not just the Northeast,” he said.

Kinsman said the biomass-energy market has vast potential, largely due to anticipated increases in the cost to obtain and refine other sources of fuel.

Career pathways as the industry grows include not only the technical aspects, such as engineering, installation and maintenance of equipment, but also administration, sales and marketing.

Biotech plans to explore ways to incorporate its equipment and systems into the Clinton Community campus, which would provide more opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in installation, operation and maintenance of biomass systems.

BRIGHT FUTURE

Clinton Community College President Ray DiPasquale said the arrival of Biotech Energy is part of a bright future at the college, which also includes the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing, slated to open this fall.

“This is an extraordinarily exciting time for all of us. When we work together as one team, there’s no place better to be than Plattsburgh, N.Y., right now,” he said.

“Clinton Community College is going to do everything we can to be a good partner in helping the state and this county get stronger and stronger and stronger.”

Clinton Community College Board of Directors Chairman David Favro said the arrival of Biotech Energy is the latest example of the technology career paths available at the college.

“The innovation that is in this product is amazing,” he said. “To be a student and be able to train for these opportunities is immeasurable.”

LOCAL INSTALLATION

Biotech Energy has a wide selection and range of biomass-fueled hot-air generators, hot-water and steam-boiler systems available through Greece-based Camino Design. Those state-of-the-art units enable the firm to offer a system for virtually every commercial, industrial or institutional building or facility, its website says.

Biotech also provides a selection of both standard and customizable biomass storage, handling and feed systems.

Members of the Biotech Energy team have played a part in several projects in the New England area, including one with a tie to this immediate area.

Vice President of Engineering Brad Noviski and Vice President of Innovation John Tomasi were part of the project to design and install a biomass boiler plant at AuSable Valley Central School in 2011.

The team has also worked on systems at Middlebury College, the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Colby College.

INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL

Empire State Development North Country Regional Director Stephen Hunt said they are proud of the collaboration between Biotech Energy and Clinton Community College and proud to welcome them to the Start-Up NY program.

That program, he said, is a win-win proposal.

“Businesses can take advantage of the intellectual capital and research and development capacity of their partner colleges, and the students and faculty gain access to the company’s real-world opportunities to turn innovative ideas into reality.”