Australian project management software provider Aconex has been selected to work on a major biomass project, spearheaded by US renewable energy developer Zilkha Biomass Energy.
Aconex will work on the construction phase of a black pellet fuel plant in Hawaii, which will be the first full-scale commercial black pellet production facility in the world, with an output capacity of 275,000 metric tonnes per year.
The Zilkha Black Pellet, which is made of woody biomass, has higher energy density than conventional white pellets, without the safety risks, and is waterproof to decrease storage and transportation costs.
The Aconex Online Collaboration Platform is expected to provide a secure, neutral collaboration system to manage workflows and processing RFIs, documents, drawings and correspondence.
Zilkha, which has links to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, is negotiating a supply deal with energy providers in Hawaii. The plant is hoped to be completed and fully operational by early 2015.