Canadian Biomass Magazine

MHG biomass solutions now in North America

March 4, 2014
By Scott Jamieson

March 4, 2014, Lenoir, NC - Verdanté BioEnergy Services (VBS), the leading provider of technology solutions for the biomass energy sector, has been appointed the exclusive U.S. distributor of MHG Systems’ Biomass Manager software.


MHG Systems was looking for a partner
who had a clear vision of the growth potential in the bioenergy sector
and strong market knowledge.


“For professionals working in the pellet, fuels, or power industry,
Biomass Manager means  smarter, faster and easier monitoring, sharing
and reporting of crucial data in biomass supply chains,” said David Waechter,
CEO of Verdanté Bioenergy Services. “With customization features that
simplify integration with existing systems, companies who employ this
software will be able to save time and costs”


“MHG Biomass Manager enables maximum efficiency and consistency
across all stakeholders in the biomass-to-energy supply chain by
facilitating improved planning, decision-support, recording and
verification of documentation, contractor management, and above all:
continuous learning and improvement” said Seppo Huurinainen, CEO of MHG Systems in Finland.


When purchasing biomass for energy conversion, it’s essential for
energy companies, biofuel, biocoal and pellet facilities to know its
quality, quantity, energy content and origin. Using leading edge
technology, the MHG solution monitors the quality and characteristics of
feedstock as part of an integrated end-to-end system for managing the
biomass supply chain and procurement process. This innovative system
allows energy producers to manage resources from the field to the
delivery end-point with optimal transparency and efficiency, to avoid
fundamental operational and process problems, and to lower their overall
costs while significantly increasing profits.


Biomass Manager is the most comprehensive software solution for
bioenergy facilities to pre-define planning metrics, standardize best
practices, monitor inventories, document biomass specifications, and
create comprehensive reports for strategic decision-making. Conversion
facilities working on tighter and tighter margins are able to visualize
and improve their understanding of their supply chains. Key costs and
inefficiencies can be minimized to maximize return on investment. What’s
more, Biomass Manager maintains billing compliance while allowing
feedstock quality to be measured, documented, and monitored by site with
customized criteria.


Any given bioenergy facility must deal with a myriad of contributing
factors when it comes to maintaining the supply chain.  Using software
like Biomass Manager allows operators to make better decisions, get
invoices processed faster, communicate with fieldworkers, and source
feedstocks according to a more precise operations strategy overall.  “It
really cuts through the clutter – the data make sense in real time.”


This robust software as a service (SaaS) is the product of eight
years of intensive development orchestrated by professionals who also
understand the problems forest and agricultural producers face on a day
to day basis.  The system is designed to bridge the gaps between
producers of biomass, conversion facility staff, and outside
stakeholders such as customers and government subsidy programs. Key
components of the system setting Biomass Manager apart from the
competition are the mapping capability, SMS messaging, mobile data
collection, integrated weather and calendar functions, and modular
customization with existing protocols and software systems.


Verdanté BioEnergy Services has been building a brand and portfolio
of innovative supply chain solutions since their formation in 2011. “Our
company was founded out of a family farm operation, so we immediately
understood the importance of ethics and relationships in making business
deals,” said Waechter, “We understood not only what MHG needed to grow
in terms of market awareness, but we immediately identified our shared
values.”  Waechter continued, “We expect significant growth in the
bioenergy industry in the foreseeable future, especially in 2015. Growth
will equate to supply chain challenges and Verdanté BioEnergy Services
is offering Biomass Manager as a means for facility operators to
overcome these hurdles. Verdanté will continue to support the bioenergy
sector with cutting-edge IT solutions for supply chain optimization.”


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