MHG, founded in 2005, has grown to become a globally recognised supplier of cutting-edge bioenergy enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Earlier this year, MHG was ranked one of the top ten among 650 entries in the prestigious Logica Global Innovation Venture Partner competition held in Stockholm. MHG’s services provide significant cost savings and environmental benefits for all operators in the bioheat, bioelectricity, and biofuel production chain.
Seppo Huurinainen, Managing Director, explains, “Our goal is to develop ERP solutions for the international bioenergy market. Subcontractors can operate with less supervision when they are controlled by our full ERP system, and our services are scalable to any kind of business model, including SMEs.” MHG utilises its partner network to produce customeroriented automation, IT and map service solutions designed for developing bioenergy and for fieldwork business operations.
MHG ERP synthesises mobile communications, the Internet, realtime maps, satellite-based location information, RFID technology, and CO2 monitoring into one business enhancing service. MHG’s ERP system allows for the use of new and empowering operational models, accurate cost monitoring, and realtime enterprise resource planning of biomasses and delivery chains.
Helping companies meet new EU bioenergy criteria
MHG’s services are essential in helping companies meet new EU bioenergy certification standards and in avoiding illegal practices and inferior feedstock. Seppo Huurinainen says, “We have developed our technology based on physical monitoring and predicting moisture content. Our algorithm can predict, based on the history of that specific fuel, its moisture content and energy value. In this business, we should not talk about pounds or tonnes of feedstock, but rather its energy value.”
For small producers of biofuels, MHG’s ERP services can provide credibility and help the companies gain crucial prepayment for their products. Energy companies can use MHG’s services to make sure that the feedstock they purchase is not only high quality but also transported efficiently and in an environmentally friendly manner.
MHG continues to invest significantly in research and development. It is just about to establish joint ventures, in China and Ghana, and is open to new partnerships. Seppo Huurinainen predicts that MHG’s annual turnover will reach around €2 million in 2011 and “tens of millions of euros” within five years, given the strong growth of the bioenergy market worldwide. He concludes, “We specialise in feedstock optimisation and in helping companies add value.”