FirmGreen Inc. (FirmGreen), a small renewable-energy company based in Orange County, Calif., hosted a Brazilian trade delegation at its Newport Beach headquarters this week as part of an United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) Waste-to-Energy and Landfill Gas-to-Energy Reverse Trade Mission. Senior Vice President, Global Banking Consultant Lori J. Bell, of Wells Fargo; and Mr. Craig Divine, Vice President and Resource Manager for Arcadis US, were also in attendance as FirmGreen met with the delegation. With its experience bringing one of the world’s largest biogas-to-energy projects online at the Jardim Gramacho landfill near Rio De Janeiro, FirmGreen is well positioned to share lessons learned and explore new renewable energy projects in Brazil.
FirmGreen supplies proprietary ‘green’ technology that enables economical processing of biogas to produce clean alternative fuels such as biomethane. Its patented VerdeControls™ plant control software and proprietary VerdeWatts™ system maximizes the efficiency of renewable energy facilities. The company also provides turnkey project development with planning and permitting, construction supervision, plant start-up and commissioning, and operational support services.
The Brazilian Trade Mission informs Brazil’s government and private sector representatives about the latest U.S. landfill gas-to-energy and waste-to-energy technologies, regulations and best practices.
The objective of the Brazilian Trade Mission is to familiarize its government and private sector representatives with the latest U.S. landfill gas-to-energy and waste-to-energy technologies, regulations and best practices. In 2010, Brazil enacted a new National Solid Waste Management law aimed at ending decades of illegal dumps and inadequate management of waste at existing legal landfills. With tightened regulation and increased disposal costs, Brazilian municipalities and private solid waste managers are looking for solutions that are cost-effective and environmentally responsible. FirmGreen’s approach to harnessing energy from waste provides a compelling development strategy since it offers new revenue streams for waste facility operators and addresses environmental compliance issues with a single project.
In addition to Wednesday’s meeting, FirmGreen management will be participating in an invite-only Roundtable Event on Friday, June 28th. This event brings together over 18 US companies, providing a platform for foreign delegates to present their procurement needs and presentations designed to showcase U.S. technologies and services that can help Brazilian trade delegates achieve their development goals. Featured on the schedule are one-on-one meetings which allow U.S. companies and offshore developers to discuss specific solutions to project requirements, development challenges, and investment opportunities. The event is being hosted at the Long Beach Small Business Development Center (SBDC) on Friday, June 28th.
FirmGreen Inc. is a privately held, integrated energy company that participates in virtually all aspects of the global green-energy business. FirmGreen identifies, develops and commercializes new and emerging technologies and alternative fuels. The company has 37 employees at its headquarters in Newport Beach, Calif., its lab and manufacturing plant in Kokomo, Ind., and its green-energy project-financing operations in New York City. The company also has U.S.-based employees in Brazil. For more information on this privately held, entrepreneurial organization, please visit www.firmgreen.com
USTDA helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. The agency links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries. This reverse trade mission was coordinated with the assistance of Koeppen, Elliott & Associates. For more information, please visit www.ustda.gov.
The National Export Initiative launched in 2010 in order to create jobs for Americans by doubling U.S. exports in five years. As a member of the Export Promotion Cabinet, USTDA supports the NEI by opening new markets for U.S. firms. For more information visit www.export.gov