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Executives from BP, Huntsman, and Shaw Group to Headline Keynote Speeches at AspenTech’s OPTIMIZE™ 2011 Conference

Process Industry Leaders VP and CIO Michael Gibbs, VP John Prows, and SVP Bert Aragon to Join AspenTech CEO Mark Fusco and EVP Manolis Kotzabasakis in Opening Session of AspenTech’s 30th Anniversary Year Global Conference

BURLINGTON, MA – April 19, 2011 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced that executives from BP, Huntsman, and Shaw Group will headline the OPTIMIZE 2011 conferencetaking place May 23rd – 25th in Washington,D.C.  Process industry leaders Michael Gibbs, VP and CIO of BP, John Prows, VP of Corporate Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence Support of Huntsman, and Bert Aragon, SVP of Engineering – Energy & Chemicals Group of Shaw Group, will join AspenTech CEO Mark Fusco, and EVP Manolis Kotzabasakis, for the opening session of AspenTech’s 30th anniversary year global conference.

o    Michael Gibbs will discuss how global companies such as BP use optimization technology to drive operational excellence.  John Prows will discuss how combining self-empowered teams with best-in-class optimization technology delivers substantial improvements to Huntsman’s worldwide chemicals businesses.  Bert Aragon will discuss how to achieve engineering excellence by harmonizing best practices and tools for thousands of engineers worldwide at Shaw.

o    The 2011 conference marks AspenTech’s 30 years of leadership and innovation in the process industries, and is expected to attract upwards of 1,000 attendees from more than 40 countries. Participants include global industry leaders Alcoa, BASF, BP, Bechtel, BluESP, Buckeye Technologies, Chevron, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Électricité de France, ExxonMobil, Fluor, GlaxoSmithKline, Huntsman, KBR, Marathon Oil, Microsoft, Pfizer, Shell, TOTAL, WorleyParsons, and many more.

o    OPTIMIZE 2011 will showcase how the world’s leading process industry companies use process optimization software to achieve superior financial and operating results.  OPTIMIZE 2011 offers a unique environment for industry experts to share best practices in optimizing engineering, manufacturing, and supply chain operations using aspenONE.

o    OPTIMIZE 2011 will be held at the Gaylord National Hotel and Conference Center from May 23-25, 2011.  Click here to register, or for more information visit the OPTIMIZE 2011 site.

Supporting Quote:

Blair Wheeler, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Aspen Technology, Inc.

“Mike Gibbs, John Prows, Bert Aragon and their companies have demonstrated how the application of optimization technology across broad areas of their process manufacturing businesses delivers superior operating results. We are pleased that they will share their vision, executional practice and business value, as well as their personal experiences gained over the past 30 years, with the global process audience at OPTIMIZE 2011.”

Supporting Resources

o    OPTIMIZE 2011 Global User Conference

o    Register for OPTIMIZE 2011

o    Twitter:@AspenTech

o    Facebook: AspenTech

About AspenTech

AspenTech is a leading supplier of software that optimizes process manufacturing – for energy, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, engineering and construction, and other industries that manufacture and produce products from a chemical process.  With integrated aspenONE solutions, process manufacturers can implement best practices for optimizing their engineering, manufacturing and supply chain operations.  As a result, AspenTech customers are better able to increase capacity, improve margins, reduce costs and become more energy efficient.  To see how the world’s leading process manufacturers rely on AspenTech to achieve their operational excellence goals, visit www.aspentech.com.

Executives from BP, Huntsman, and Shaw Group to Headline Keynote Speeches at AspenTech’s OPTIMIZE™ 2011 Conference
Process Industry Leaders VP and CIO Michael Gibbs, VP John Prows, and SVP Bert Aragon to Join AspenTech CEO Mark Fusco and EVP Manolis Kotzabasakis in Opening Session of AspenTech’s 30th Anniversary Year Global Conference BURLINGTON, MA – April 19, 2011 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today […] »

Fox25 News: Talking Trash & Energy Efficient Clean-Up with BigBelly Solar

Boston, MA – Fox25 News reporter Cindy Fitzgibbon speaks with Richard Kennelly, BigBelly Solar’s VP of marketing, about how the BigBelly intelligent waste collection system is helping the environment and saving municipalities millions in trash collection costs.

Here’s how the interview went:

CF: Well they are eliminating the waste in waste collection one trash can at a time.  I’m talking about BigBelly Solar.  You’re probably going to recognize them.  They are a local company with a worldwide reach, now just 7 years old with customers in 46 states and 30 countries.  Joining us this morning, the vice president of marketing for BigBelly Solar, this is Richard Kennelly. Good morning!

RK: Good morning!

CF: We’re holding onto our trash.

RK: That’s right.

CF: We’ve got recyclables and trash, and I think a lot of people are going, “Hey, I’ve seen these before,” because they’re all over aren’t they?

RK: They absolutely are. And we’re now actually in all 50 states, so we have to update that.

CF: Wow, congratulations!

RK: Thank you! And coming up on our 10,000th unit — and we’re going to keep on going past that.

CF: Wow, well this is exciting.  Let’s just explain to people how these work. They are not much larger than a regular trash can.

RK: Exactly.

CF: But they can hold 5 times the amount of trash than a typical one can.

RK: That’s exactly right.  From the user point of view, you just take your trash — it goes into the trash bin like so. It falls down into a bin on the inside, and then when the trash gets the top of this bin on the inside here, it breaks an electric eye beam. At that point it triggers a compaction cycle automatically.  That’s what makes room for more trash. I can do that manually here just to show people what it looks like. Essentially this is a ram with a flat steel plate, and it’s kind of like stomping down on the trash — except it keeps your shoes a lot cleaner.   That’s about 1,250 lbs of pressure, pushing the trash into this bin.  That way you can fit about 5 times as much as a normal can, as you said, into this one.  And why that’s important is, instead of picking up the trash say 5 times a week , you can come once a week. The main cost in trash collection isn’t the cost of a container, it’s the cost of sending trucks around to pick up that trash and take it to the landfill, or the compost or the transfer station.

CF: Well and that’s hugely important with these because they’re cost efficient, but they’re energy efficient as well.  Of course Earth Day is Friday, so that’s kind of why we’re showing you this.  And what’s neat about this is that solar panel on top.

RK: That’s right, exactly.  So essentially the BigBelly system includes solar-powered, onsite compaction. Solar means you don’t have to plug it in.  It’s completely wireless.

CF: 100% of its energy from the sun. Right?

RK: That’s exactly right.  And it doesn’t even need direct sunlight.  It’s happy on cloudy days, it’s happy in the shade of a building.

CF: That’s good.  They work in all over the world in different climates right?

RK: Exactly, we have them up in Alaska and Saskatchewan, as well as sunny places like Phoenix and L.A.  And days like today it’s still happy.

CF: Yeah exactly.

RK: Then we have combined that with onsite separation of recyclables.

CF: And this came along later.

RK: Right — we always offered it, but most municipalities don’t have curb-side recycling.  The reason is it’s very expensive — not to get a container, but to hire another contract of trucks to pick up the recycling.

CF: So here we go … put it in here.

RK: This one’s configured for “single stream” — for bottles, cans and paper commingled.  We can configure it for just bottles and cans… Actually in Halifax, Nova Scotia there are four of these in a row for bottles and cans, paper, compost, and non-compostable non-recyclable trash.

CF: Wow, that’s amazing.  We’re running out of time so I want to get to the newer aspect of what you guys are doing, and it’s kind of a wireless monitoring system.

RK: Exactly, that’s the third part.  Inside each BigBelly is essentially a cell phone that sends a text message when it needs to be picked up, and that goes to a central server.  Then the owner or operator can log in from any Internet-connected device, and see the status of all the machines in real time, as well as historic collection data.  Why that’s important is you can really optimize the efficiency of the pick up, saving as much money as possible.  You’re not picking up when they’re too empty — which means you’re picking up air — or too full, which means they’re overflowing. You get it at that “baby bear” just-right level, and that means you’re maximizing the efficiency and the cost savings.

CF: Oh, well it is amazing how these work, and how much energy they save and how little they actually use to operate.

Pretty amazing. I think one my favorite statistics on your website was the operational energy is equivalent over 8 years for a garbage truck to go one mile.

RK: That’s right.  Garbage trucks get about 2 or 3 miles to the gallon.  They’re very expensive.  And the nice thing is, aside from that, the human resource too: in Philadelphia they’re saving almost a million dollars a year because they could take two-thirds of the workers from trash collection to staff a recycling program. By getting the recycling out of the trash you save a lot of money on disposal, as well it’s good for the environment.

CF: It’s wonderful for the environment.  Richard, thank you so much.  Tell people your website.

RK: Thank you Cindy.  It’s BigBellySolar.com.

CF: BigBellySolar.com: Originally started in Needham and now — worldwide.  Thank you so much.

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Fox25 News: Talking Trash & Energy Efficient Clean-Up with BigBelly Solar
Boston, MA - Fox25 News reporter Cindy Fitzgibbon speaks with Richard Kennelly, BigBelly Solar’s VP of marketing, about how the BigBelly intelligent waste collection system is helping the environment and saving municipalities millions in trash collection costs. »

wTe Corporation Introduces ZebraSort™ System

Bedford, Massachusetts, April 14, 2011 ? wTe Corporation announced today that its

Spectramet® subsidiary has completed the design, manufacture and installation of its first commercial

scale proprietary ZebraSortTM metal alloy sorter. The system, developed in conjunction with National

Recovery Technologies, Inc., is targeted at sorting metal alloys from the mixed non?ferrous materials

generated by automobile shredders and waste?to?energy facilities. The initial system is located at

Spectramet’s technical research center located in Greenfield, MA, and will be dedicated to processing

mixed non?ferrous metals from various sources.

 

The ZebraSortTM system is the next step in a platform of metals sorting technologies developed

by wTe and NRT through their Spectramet® venture. ZebraSortTM further expands the existing

Spectramet® product line, which includes the AlloySortTM system, the ZSortTM system and other related

technologies. In the coming year, Spectramet® intends to further expand the technology platform to

also target small particle sizes through its proprietary ChipSortTM system, while also looking at molten

metal applications with its Melt CognitionTM technology.

 

Dr. David Spencer, wTe’s Chief Technical Officer, commented that “The new ZebraSortTM system

gives us a leading position in the sorting of mixed metals generated by auto shredders and waste?toenergy

 

plants. We believe that this family of technologies will largely replace the wet systems and

manual sorting methods currently used in many overseas markets.” As a result of this project, Dr.

Spencer suggests that there will be less United States dependence on supplies of strategic virgin metals

recovered at primary refineries from ore (most of which are purchased abroad), there will be substantial

energy savings from use of scrap rather than ore and virgin metals, and there will be greatly reduced

emissions because secondary smelting consumes much less energy than primary production followed by

remelting.

 

Scott Mellen, President and CEO, added, “While the Asian and Indian markets currently import

most of these mixed metals to support a manual labor strategy, we firmly believe that automated

sorting technologies will gradually replace manual techniques over the next five to ten years. wTe and NRT intend to capitalize on this trend by developing opportunities to build, own and operate sorting systems or enter into strategic licensing or partnership arrangements in strategic applications and geographies.”

 

Dr. Edward Sommer, President of NRT, commented on the crucial role of the federal

government in assisting Spectramet’s technology development platform, noting that “The National

Science Foundation and the ATP and TIP Programs at the Department of Commerce have been very supportive of our development efforts. While wTe and NRT funded the vast majority of the ZebraSortTM development, our current $11.4 million TIP program and several National Science Foundation projects have been crucial to the development of the Spectramet® platform. There is no doubt that these technologies will improve the competitive position of the United States in the manufacturing sector going forward.”

 

About wTe Corporation

wTe Corporation is a technology?driven recycling company located in Bedford, MA. The

Company operates downstream plastics and metals recycling and refining operations in several locations

in North America. Spectramet® LLC is a company owned by wTe Corporation and National Recovery Technologies, Inc. Spectramet® is a world?wide leader in the development of high speed sorting systems using a platform of x?ray based and other sorting technologies. Melt CognitionTM LLC, a joint venture with Energy Research Co., Staten Island, NY and Materials Strategies, Inc., Worcester, MA, promotes development and sale of optoelectronic equipment for continuously measuring liquid metal composition and controlling melt chemistry on?line. For more information, please visit www.wte.com

wTe Corporation Introduces ZebraSort™ System
wTe Corporation announced today that its Spectramet® subsidiary has completed the design, manufacture and installation of its first commercial scale proprietary ZebraSort™ metal alloy sorter. The system, developed in conjunction with National Recovery Technologies, Inc., is targeted at sorting metal alloys from the mixed non?ferrous materials generated by automobile shredders and waste?to?energy facilities. The initial system is located at Spectramet’s technical research center located in Greenfield, MA, and will be dedicated to processing mixed non?ferrous metals from various sources. »

NWN Corporation Wins Healthcare Award at Cisco Partner Summit 2011

Waltham, MA, April 5, 2011 – NWN Corporation, a leading systems integration company, announced

today that it is the recipient of a Cisco Partner Summit regional award – the 2010 Technology Excellence

in Healthcare Partner of the Year award. Cisco unveiled the winners March 1st at its annual channel

partner conference in New Orleans.

 

“Cisco works diligently with all of its channel partners, and it is an honor to announce NWN Corporation

as a Cisco Partner Summit national award recipient,” said Jim Sherriff, senior vice president, U.S. and

Canada Partner Organization at Cisco. “The 2010 Technology Excellence in Healthcare Partner of the

Year award presented to NWN recognizes its performance and expertise as a Cisco channel partner in

2010.”

 

NWN CEO Mont Phelps stated “Offering healthcare solutions has become an integral part of NWN’s

service to customers. We are thankful to Cisco for this recognition of our technology excellence in the

healthcare arena.”

 

Cisco Partner Summit awards are presented at three levels: regional, theater and global. Cisco Partner

Summit U.S. and Canada regional awards reflect a partner’s performance in a given geographic region

of the United States or Canada.

 

About NWN Corporation

NWN Corporation helps clients solve business problems through technology. The company provides

clients with a complete range of information system services and solutions. These include data center

and virtualization; network infrastructure; collaboration; client computing lifecycle management;

application development, security, IT staffing; and managed services.

 

NWN is a substantial corporation with more than 550 employees in 14 offices in the US and one in

China. The company has been recognized as one of the fastest growing IT solutions companies in the

country, ranking fifth in CRN magazine’s most recent annual survey. NWN is privately held and womanowned.

 

NWN’s clients include private and public sector organizations in almost every line of work. It provides

solutions to universities, PreK-12 districts and schools, financial institutions, manufacturers, hospitals,

retailers, professional service providers, and state and local government agencies.

NWN Corporation Wins Healthcare Award at Cisco Partner Summit 2011
NWN Corporation, a leading systems integration company, announced today that it is the recipient of a Cisco Partner Summit regional award – the 2010 Technology Excellence in Healthcare Partner of the Year award. Cisco unveiled the winners March 1st at its annual channel partner conference in New Orleans. »

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