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Sierra Energy’s Mission

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How Does FastOx Gasification Work?

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Complete FastOx System & Plant

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Explore the five isles of FastOx systems and the possible configurations. Components of a complete FastOx system Sierra Energy’s complete gasification system is an end-to-end system that incorporates the use of a FastOx gasifier in the process of producing energy from waste. A FastOx system comes with the front and back end equipment required to process waste into the desired end product, as […]

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FastOx Background & Milestones

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Discover the history, evolution, and future of FastOx gasification. Development Summary From 2009 to 2013, Sierra Energy developed and validated its technology at the Renewable Energy Testing Center (RETC) located at the McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento. Using start-up funds from the Department of Defense (DoD), we set out to validate our heat and mass balance (H&MB) model […]

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Valuable End Products

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Our high-quality syngas can produce a variety of valuable end products. Overview of Valuable End Products FastOx gasifiers produce a high-quality syngas that can be converted into a number of valuable end products. These products are formed using back end systems and technologies developed by trusted third party companies. These tried and true technologies can be […]

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A Long Term Solution to Landfills

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The Issue with Landfills The United States generates over 250 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) per year. A figure that does not include waste from agricultural, food processing, consumer electronics, and industry. More than half of this is waste is also landfilled.   Landfills are a major producer of greenhouse gas emissions. As waste […]

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FastOx Gasifier Feedstock Overview

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FastOx gasification can accept most wastes. Learn more about the types of acceptable wastes and the flexibility of FastOx gasification. What is Essential to FastOx Gasification? Sierra Energy focuses on converting non-recyclable trash into energy. Based on that principal, our FastOx gasifiers have been developed to create energy-dense syngas from the elemental carbon contained within waste materials. In FastOx gasification, […]

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Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)

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MSW, the most abundant waste form on the planet, is an ideal feedstock for FastOx gasification. Learn what constitutes MSW, where it comes from, and why it is great for FastOx gasification. What is MSW? Municipal solid waste (MSW) is defined by the EPA as waste containing everyday items “such as product packaging, grass clippings, […]

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Biomass Gasification

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Biomass is one of the most significant renewable feedstock FastOx gasification can accept. Find out why it makes such a great material for the process. What is Biomass? Biomass is organic matter, such as plant material and animal waste, that can be used as a source of fuel. Through its vast stores of chemical energy generated […]

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Complex Waste

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FastOx® gasification handles the most difficult waste. Learn what these wastes are and how they are processed. Intro Complex waste requires a myriad rigorous disposal techniques. Many of these methods only partially dispose of these waste streams, and, typically, have a negative impact on the environment.   Sierra Energy‘s FastOx gasification systems provide a simple alternative to […]

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How does the System Handle Moisture?

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Sierra Energy’s FastOx gasification manages the most abundant substance on the planet. Overview Rain is the main source of water in waste in landfills and material recovery facilities but some moisture is inherently present in all waste, particularly in biomass and organic wastes. The moisture content of waste poses one of the more prominent issues in […]

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Syngas

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Explore synthesis gas, the primary product of FastOx gasification, its uses, and the specific type seen in the FastOx process. What is Syngas? Syngas, short for “synthesis gas”, is a term used to describe a gas consisting primarily of carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrogen (H2). This energy-dense gas is similar in application to natural gas in […]

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Inert Stone Products

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Learn about the vitrified inert stone that can be used as a construction material. What are Inert Stone Products? Sierra Energy sees tremendous value in the inert stone byproduct produced in its gasification system. Inert stone is a collection of inorganic materials and metals that are not driven off into the gasifier syngas. They collect in molten […]

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Electricity

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Explore the electrifying opportunity available in power production, the easiest end product to make using FastOx gasification. Equipment The type of electrical power production system placed in combination with a FastOx gasifier system depends on many parameters specific to each project. The system could ultimately include any combination of internal combustion (IC) generation set (genset), gas turbine, steam cycle, […]

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Diesel & Other Fischer-Tropsch Liquids

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Discover how to make clean diesel and other liquid fuels using FastOx gasification. Production Sierra Energy produces diesel and gasoline products using Fischer-Tropsch (FT) systems on the back end of our FastOx gasifiers. FT systems convert syngas through a series of chemical reactions over a catalysts (typically cobalt and iron) to produce sulfur-free and aromatic-free renewable diesel. The diesel […]

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Hydrogen

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Learn how FastOx gasification makes this potential “fuel of the future”. Production Hydrogen (H2) can be efficiently generated from the syngas produced by FastOx gasification. H2 is one of the easiest renewable products to be formed as the high-quality Syngas from FastOx systems contains around 25% by volume of H2 (exact quantities depend on feedstock used). These levels can be further improved via […]

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Ammonia

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Dig into how FastOx gasification produces ammonia, a crucial fertilizer ingredient. Production Sierra Energy’s FastOx gasification system utilizes hydrogen, nitrogen, and the Haber-Bosch reaction to produce ammonia (NH3). For ammonia production, syngas is treated via a water-gas shift (WGS) reaction to sequester out the hydrogen. Once it has run through the WGS reactor and the appropriate purity has […]

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History of Gasification

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A brief history of gasification technology and FastOx gasification. The Diverse History of Gasification The processes of producing energy via gasification have been in commercial use for more than 180 years. Earlier gasification technologies included the production of town gas for lighting using peat and coal as feedstocks and the production of fuels from wood to power motor […]

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The Science Of Gasification

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An exploration of the science that underpins gasification technology. The Science Of Gasification The gasification process converts carbonaceous materials into a synthesis gas (or “syngas”) primarily composed of carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrogen (H2). This is achieved by reacting the materials at high temperatures. There is a variety of options in the manner in which […]

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Types of Gasification

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A summary of how gasifiers are categorized as well as their comparative advantages and disadvantages. Low-Temperature Gasifiers Low-temperature gasifiers lack feedstock flexibility and generally operate at a lower efficiency than a FastOx gasifiers. These systems also require feedstock sorting, and are limited in their ability to scale.     Downdraft Gasifiers In downdraft gasifiers, gases flow down in the […]

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Opportunities by Industry

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Learn how FastOx gasification can add value to your industry. The Value of FastOx Gasification FastOx gasification creates value in the following ways: Converts waste into usable and salable energy products Eliminates environmental impacts associated with waste storage Converts complex and hazardous wastes into energy and non-hazardous byproducts Reduces liabilities associated with complex and hazardous waste streams Requires small […]

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Economics Overview

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Learn more about the economics involved in implementing and operating a FastOx system. Typical Economic Behavior The economics of FastOx gasification vary depending on the characteristics of the project. Generally, larger scale projects generate higher returns due to gains in efficiencies.   The factors that influence the economics of FastOx gasification the most are feedstock blends and quantity, […]

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Obtaining a FastOx System

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Learn how to obtain and implement a FastOx gasification system. Process Overview Once the value of a particular FastOx system is determined, the process for obtaining a FastOx gasification system can commence.   This process advances in three phases and six distinct steps. The first phase is licensing the technology, the second phase covers the design of the system, and […]

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Design

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Learn how you can customize the FastOx gasification system to best suits your needs. Introduction to FastOx System Design Process The FastOx® system design process is composed of three main stages: feasibility study, preliminary engineering, and Front End Engineering Design (FEED Engineering).   The feasibility study is the first step in the process. It is conducted to determine the […]

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Emissions

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Learn about gasifier emissions and the potential implications. What does the FastOx Gasifier Produce? The FastOx gasifier has zero direct emissions. It is a closed loop system that converts waste into syngas, which is processed at the back end of the system into useful energy. This is an important distinction from a complete FastOx system, which has minimal emissions that […]

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FastOx Competitive Advantage

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A brief overview of how FastOx gasification compares to other waste conversion technologies. How does FastOx gasification compare? Various technologies have been developed to recover energy from waste.  However, most of these technologies have technical limitations or are too expensive to be economically feasible. These technologies include incineration, pyrolysis, anaerobic digestion, low temperature gasification, and plasma gasification. […]

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Waste Managers

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How FastOx gasification enhances the waste management industry. Landfills The FastOx gasification system is an ideal enhancement for landfill and materials recovery operations. As a waste-to-energy technology, Sierra’s FastOx gasification systems have been engineered to process a variety of feedstocks and convert them into high-value products, such as electricity, diesel, hydrogen gas, and ammonia. In addition, FastOx gasification produces a vitrified, inert stone […]

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Government

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What can FastOx gasification do for your community? Municipalities FastOx gasification can convert your community’s waste into a renewable energy resource. By converting waste into energy, our innovative technology provides a sustainable source of energy while simultaneously improving the human and environmental health of your community.   For communities looking to divert waste from landfills, FastOx systems can […]

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Commercial Facilities

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How can FastOx gasification convert your company’s waste in valuable energy products? Commercial Facilities FastOx gasification systems are an attractive waste management technology for commercial facilities as they can convert locally generated waste and rubbish into an on-site distributed power source. Our systems are particularly appealing for facilities disposing of hazardous materials, as FastOx gasification can process these […]

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Agriculture

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Converting biomass into clean and renewable energy. Agricultural Waste Processing FastOx gasification systems benefit agricultural waste producers by Eliminating landfill disposal fees Converting biomass into high value energy products Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural waste digestion and combustion   Agricultural waste is generally high in carbon and low in ash, making it a well-suited feedstock for gasification. Common waste […]

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Supporting President Obama’s Climate Plan

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  Sierra Energy alongside NRDC partner, Environmental Entrepreneurs, applauds President Obama’s emphatic climate plan in a letter released yesterday, July 8, 2013. To voice your support click here.   July 8, 2013 Dear Mr. President: As members of Environmental Entrepreneurs, we are writing to applaud your plan to cut carbon pollution and address the challenges of climate change with […]

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Defense Energy Technology Challenge Winner

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  Sierra Energy is selected as one of the winners of the 2013 Defense Energy Technology Challenge as part of the annual Defense Energy Summit in Austin, Texas, November 11-13. Sierra Energy’s CEO, Mike Hart, will present during Monday’s 1:30pm Challenge Showcase and discuss how FastOx waste gasification helps the Department of Defense meet its […]

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Man Of Steel

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  Steel manufacturing is just plain dirty, no matter how you cut it. But California entrepreneur Mike Hart thinks he can make it clean and green—in China of all places. By Andrea Chalupa Portfolio.com March 7, 2008 A sign on the door of Mike Hart’s office in Davis, California, reads  “6 percent of the world’s energy […]

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Sierra Energy Closes $33 Million Series A Funding Led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures

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  Davis, CA – July 29, 2019   Sierra Energy Corporation announced today that it has closed a $33 million Series A investment round led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures and joined by Cox Investment Holdings, Inc., BNP Paribas SA, Twynam Investments Pty Ltd, Formica Ventures AB, and The March Fund I LP. The funding will help Sierra […]

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Chance Meeting Lands Sierra Energy CTO Dodd in Waste Industry

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  Big congratulations to our CTO, Dan Dodd, for being recognized in Waste360’s “40 Under 40” awards this year.   In his interview, Dan comments, “This next generation of waste gasification technologies truly does hold the potential to fundamentally change the way most waste streams are managed, including extending the life of existing landfills. Ultimately, […]

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Sierra Energy at World Waste to Energy and Resources Summit

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Sierra Energy enjoyed meeting hundreds of international delegates at the World Waste to Energy and Resources Summit in London last week. CEO Mike Hart spoke on how FastOx gasification could contribute to the waste solution in the UK and across Europe.

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Sierra Energy Featured in CleanStart’s Progress Report 2019

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Today CleanStart, Inc., the regional nonprofit dedicated to helping clean tech companies succeed and grow, released its latest survey of the clean tech industry in the Sacramento area featuring Sierra Energy and progress at Fort Hunter Liggett.

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Mike Hart Speaks at New Frontiers in New Zealand

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Kia ora! Our CEO, Mike Hart, spoke at New Frontiers in New Zealand on how we can help New Zealand reach their zero carbon and emission reduction goals. New Frontiers is hosted by the Edmund Hillary Fellowship that gathers global innovators to build the new frontiers of our economy.

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Sierra Energy at the 2018 SERDP ERTCP Symposium

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Sierra Energy presented updates last week on our FastOx gasification project at Fort Hunter-Liggett at the 2018 SERDP ERTCP Symposium inWashington, District of Columbia. This U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)program continues to thrive, moving many projects and innovations forward. Thank you to all who stopped by!

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Mike Hart at the NorCal Clean Technology Forum & Expo and West Coast Collaborative Partners Meeting on Oct 16-18

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Come hear Mike Hart give an update on Sierra Energy at the NorCal Clean Technology Forum & Expo and West Coast Collaborative Partners Meeting on Oct 16-18! The conference will feature the latest in low-emission and zero-emission on- and off-road technologies, community clean air action, funding opportunities, as well as insights from policy and regulatory […]

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Sierra Energy at Waste Expo 2018

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  We’re at WasteExpo 2018 in Las Vegas! Make sure to stop by booth #938 to hear the latest about Sierra Energy’s FastOx gasification.

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Sierra Energy attends WasteExpo in New Orleans

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Last month, the Sierra Energy team headed down to the ‘Big Easy’ to attend the 49th annual WasteExpo. This year’s show was a huge success for us! Besides getting our fill of beignets and charbroiled oysters, during the show hours we had a crowded booth and plenty to talk about with our first commercial system at Fort […]

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Sierra Energy featured in Sacramento Business Journal

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Sacramento Business Journal breaks the news about our Fort Hunter Liggett project nearing completion. Our team is excited for the next stage of this project and bringing FastOx gasification closer to the commercial market. From Sacramento Business Journal’s online edition: Executives at Davis-based green technology company Sierra Energy say they are entering the final phase of assembling […]

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Sierra Energy wins Innovation Award from Roddenberry Foundation

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Announced February 8, 2017, The Roddenberry Foundation selected Sierra Energy’s FastOx gasification technology to win a $150,000 grant award for the innovative technology being created at their Davis, CA campus.  Sierra Energy was selected to win this prestigious inaugural award from over 600 applicants located in 70 countries. With this significant achievement, it will lay […]

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CEO Mike Hart featured in Crain’s If I Knew Then… article series

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Crain’s Sacramento featured Sierra Energy CEO Mike Hart in the If I Knew Then… series, where they ask executives, entrepreneurs and business leaders about mistakes that have shaped their business philosophy. “The Mistake: Back in the early 1980s, I used to drink a can of Coke every day at lunch. But then I decided I […]

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Sierra Energy featured in Comstock’s – December 2016

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Sierra Energy is featured on Comstock’s magazine’s website today in the From Lab to Launch article. A picture of the groundbreaking FastOx Pathfinder system and a quote from CEO Mike Hart are featured. “…But the area’s startup culture is starting to loop back on itself by investing in facilities where other startups can test their ideas. Exhibit A is […]

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Sierra Energy supports the Paris Climate Agreement

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  We’ve joined 350 companies in signing a letter supporting the Paris Climate Agreement and a low-carbon U.S. economy. We recognize the importance of this historic global climate pact and encourage elected U.S. leaders to support the agreement and actions to reduce carbon pollution. Only through working together can we prevent the worst effects of […]

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Sierra Energy Wins Sustainability Category at 2016 Sacramento Region Innovation Awards

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Sierra Energy wins the sustainability category at the 2016 Sacramento Region Innovation Awards. Sierra Energy is one of six Northern California companies to win at the inaugural awards. The program recognizes the area’s vibrant innovation community, from startups to established companies, and their breakthrough creations. Sierra Energy’s FastOx gasifier won for their waste gasification technology that transforms […]

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Sierra Energy Featured in Report Summarizing Early 2016 Green Investment

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Sola Renner of Bloomberg New Energy Finance recently published a summary of renewable investment in the venture capital and private equity community. The article discusses where the estimated $4 billion in 2016 that will be invested in early stage clean energy companies is coming from and what types of companies are garnering interest.   Renner highlights Sierra […]

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Sierra Energy Joins the Upstart 100 Companies Reinventing Their Industries

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Sierra Energy and CEO Mike Hart are thrilled to be listed among the “Upstart 100 Reinventors” list from Upstart Business Journal. The list highlights companies that are shaking up their respective industries. The business journal describes Sierra Energy’s FastOx gasification as a technology with the potential to eliminate landfills and revolutionize the energy industry. They also describe Make […]

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Modules Being Fabricated for System at Fort Hunter Liggett

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  In Grand Rapids, Michigan, our partners at Andy J. Egan Co. have finished the fabrication of the gasifier and other proprietary system components for the demonstration facility at Fort Hunter Liggett. All of the equipment is either at the shop or en route. And yet, the electricity generator still sits alone on the pad at […]

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TakePart.com Looks Toward a Zero Waste Future with FastOx Gasification

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  Kenneth Miller of TakePart.com visited Sierra Energy’s booth at WasteExpo 2016, and noticed that we do things a little differently. In a sea of booths touting status quo equipment for business-as-usual landfill operations, Sierra Energy’s FastOx gasifier offered waste managers a real, cost-effective solution to the waste industry’s emissions and environmental problems. The article focuses on […]

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Sierra Energy and CALSTART Endorse the Low Carbon Fuel Standard in California

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  Sierra Energy is proud to be one of the 57 business members of CALSTART endorsing the Low Carbon Fuel Standard in the state of California. CALSTART is a national non-profit committed to supporting the clean transportation technology industry. We are particularly pleased to see support for net-carbon negative transportation fuels such as the diesel […]

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Sierra Energy Shares Tips for Developing a Waste Conversion Project

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At Sierra Energy, we are passionate about advancing all emerging waste conversion projects and technologies. Through our experience implementing FastOx gasification at our commercial demonstration site in Monterey County, CA, we’ve discovered just how messy these projects can be. We’ve learned so much from this first project that we are infinitely more excited and prepared […]

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Drought and Bark Beetles Spur California Investment in Conversion Technologies

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California has been hit hard by five years of drought and bark beetle infestations leaving massive swaths of dead, dry biomass across the state. For years, this biomass has been building and creating a hazard that has fueled some of the worst years of forest fires on record. Governor Brown and the state government began […]

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Sacramento Business Journal Reports SteelRiver Investment in Sierra Energy

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  The Sacramento Business Journal breaks the news about SteelRiver’s investment in Sierra Energy. Our team is excited to move forward with SteelRiver and bring FastOx gasification to market as quickly as possible.   Read more about the deal in the full article below or on Sacramento Business Journal’s website:   EXCLUSIVE: This Davis company has […]

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Global Mana’s Final Segment Explores the Future of FastOx Gasification

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In the final segment of Global Mana’s five part interview with Sierra Energy’s CEO, Mike Hart discusses the future of FastOx gasifiers. Built on centuries-old blast furnace technology, FastOx gasifiers have the versatility to handle even our biggest sustainability challenges.

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Global Mana Spreads the Word About How We’re Spreading the Word

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One great idea will not solve a global environmental crisis. Sierra Energy has provided a platform that helps communities to highlight local environmental problems and provide access to solutions such as FastOx gasification. Hear more about how we’re doing this in this interview with Global Mana.

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Global Mana Explores Our Online Calculator as an Agent for Change

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Renewable energy has long looked to government and policy to force innovation and change. Mike G Hart discusses a better way. Sierra Energy’s online calculator shows industry leaders how FastOx gasification pays for itself.

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CEO Mike Hart Discusses Partnership with the US Army

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When you think of renewable energy, you might not think of the US Army. Global Mana interviews CEO Mike G Hart about why the US military has been a natural partner for our technology.

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Global Mana Releases Five-Part Interview with Mike G Hart

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Our friends at Global Mana interviewed CEO Mike G Hart about Sierra Energy, FastOx gasification, and his vision for a zero waste future. In the first of this five part series, Mike discusses the origins of FastOx gasification, how it works, and its potential to change the world.

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Sacramento Business Journal Interviews CEO Mike G Hart

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Sacramento Business Journal‘s Mark Anderson writes about CEO Mike G Hart and his many business ventures. In the article titled “Mike Hart: An entrepreneur of many trades”, Anderson explores Mike’s passion for sustainability and economic development in Davis. The text of the article can be read below. To read more about business in the greater […]

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Fort Hunter Liggett Polisher Tested to Withstand Pressure

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The gasifier and polisher vessels for Fort Hunter Liggett will undergo rigorous testing prior to their installation at Fort Hunter Liggett. Both vessels must be able to safely withstand high temperatures and contain large volumes of syngas. To ensure that they are up to the challenge, the vessels will be hydro-tested per American Society of […]

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CEO Mike G. Hart Explains FastOx Gasification to TEDx Sacramento

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If you missed CEO Mike G Hart’s speech at TEDx Sacramento in February, you’re not alone. Luckily, the official video was recently published on the TEDx youtube channel! Now you can hear Mike explain FastOx gasification and how Sierra Energy is turning trash into clean fuel any time you’d like.   Please watch and share […]

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Gasifier Frame and Polisher Fabricated

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While we’re excited to see the completed gasifier vessel, this week our partners at Andy J Egan Co took a break to complete our gasifier frame and other components that are essential to the gasification process.   The gasifier frame shown below had to be specially designed to support the gasifier without disrupting any of […]

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FastOx Gasifier Shell Arrives

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The shell for the FastOx gasifier vessel arrived in Grand Rapids, Michigan today at the shop of our engineering and procurement partner – Andy J. Egan! The vessel arrival marks the beginning of months of hard work for our engineering team and our friends in Michigan. The next steps will be for Andy Egan’s experienced shop […]

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New Video Explains FastOx Gasification

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The staff at Sierra Energy has been working hard to create a video that explains how FastOx® gasification is shaking up the waste industry by powering homes and fueling cars with trash. By injecting pure oxygen, FastOx gasifiers break down trash into an energy-dense fuel without burning. This fun video explains the core principles of […]

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Sierra Energy Collaborates with Nishi Gateway on Innovation Center

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Sierra Energy is proud to announce our collaboration with the Nishi Gateway partners to facilitate the construction of an R&D innovation center in Davis, CA. Nishi Gateway would add 325,000 square feet of commercial space in our community that would support innovation at the University of California at Davis and Area 52 – a maker space […]

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Licenses to Develop FastOx Gasification Now Available in Wyoming

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  Sierra Energy is now auctioning off the exclusive rights to develop and distribute FastOx gasifiers by county. This allows early adopters to gain access to FastOx gasification at preferential rates. Auctions are taking place on TechPipe and went live in Wyoming on April 13th!   We’re not the only ones excited about FastOx gasification coming to […]

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FastOx Gasifier Shell Assembled and Nozzles Attached

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Our commercial demonstration facility at Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County, California is one step closer to completion this month! Our partners at Andy J Egan Co. have been hard at work in Grand Rapids, Michigan completing the assembly of our FastOx gasifier vessel shell. The welding and assembly of the shell is the first […]

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Sierra Energy Receives Two Environmental Awards in April

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  Sierra Energy celebrated this month after receiving two awards for environmental achievement. Sierra Energy received the City of Davis Environmental Recognition Award, and CEO—Mike G. Hart—accepted the Cool Davis Eco-Hero Award.   Sierra Energy began when Mike discovered FastOx gasification while serving as a judge in the UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s Big […]

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Construction Underway at Fort Hunter Liggett

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  Construction began this Fall on the commercial demonstration facility at Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County, California, being built in partnership with the US Army and California Energy Commission. The concrete slab has been poured, all necessary air, water, and waste permits have been obtained, and equipment procurement has begun. Further, fabrication of the […]

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CEO Mike Hart Shares Lessons with Technology Entrepreneurs

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  Sierra Energy’s CEO, Mike Hart, presented at Sacramento Business Journal’s Tech Edge Conference this week.   The conference featured Sacramento area entrepreneurs blazing a path in the technology industry. Tech Edge presenters spoke to a crowd of entrepreneurs and were asked to share key lessons that they learned during their careers.   Sacramento Business Journal […]

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Sierra Energy Joined by UC Davis in Support of New Business Incubator

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  Sierra Energy is proud to be a part of Area 52 – a new technology business incubator serving the Davis-Sacramento region – and now we’re being joined by the University of California Davis.   The university officially joined the team as a collaborator this week and plans to incorporate Area 52 into their DRIVE […]

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Sierra Energy CEO Speaks To Startups About Fostering Local Tech Community

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  Sierra Energy’s CEO Mike Hart, meets with members of the local co-work space Urban Hive last night to discuss the importance of crowd funding and how Sacramento is quickly becoming America’s “green hub” for technology. Urban Hive summarized the discussion with these highlights.   “Being a non-tech CEO/founder of a tech company can be […]

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Sierra Energy Boosts Innovation With $10k Prize For Academic Challenge

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  A new $10 thousand prize will be available at the Big Bang! Business Challenge hosted by the University of California at Davis. Furnished by Sierra Energy, the prize will be awarded to the most innovative business solution for the use of synthesis gas.   Sierra Energy’s mission is to make gasification globally accessible, eliminating landfills. To realize this […]

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Sierra Energy’s Online Gasification Calculator Cited by Renewable Energy from Waste Magazine

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  A new article from Renewable Energy from Waste Magazine highlights the utility of Sierra Energy’s online calculator tool for estimating electrical outputs from our FastOx gasifiers.   Davis, California-based gasification technology firm, Sierra Energy, provides an online calculator (www.sierraenergycorp.com/calculator), which calculates electricity outputs for different waste materials in its FastOx gasification system. Daniel Dodd, Sierra Energy’s […]

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No Need to Burn Waste for Energy – There’s a Better Way!

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  Last Sunday, the Wall Street Journal ran an article about the problem of waste disposal in the United States. We are heartened that this serious issue is receiving a national platform. Waste disposal is a very real problem and it demands immediate, sustainable solutions.   However, to find these solutions we need to stop talking about […]

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Sierra Energy Selects Andy Egan, Co. as Partner to Help Army Installation Turn Waste into Secure Fuels

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  Sierra Energy is pleased to announce the selection of Andy Egan as our engineering and procurement partner in delivering renewable energy solutions to the U.S. Army and California Energy Commission.   With a significant track record as a trusted engineering firm in the delivery of renewable energy projects, Andy Egan’s collaboration with Sierra Energy […]

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Sierra Energy Awarded Grant For Hydrogen Fuel Research

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  Sierra Energy is pleased to announce the award of a Small Business Innovation Research grant from the Defense Logistics Agency. The $100,000 grant will allow Sierra Energy to further explore the production of hydrogen fuel from waste.   Sierra Energy’s patented FastOx gasifier converts waste into an energy-dense gas with high hydrogen content. The […]

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On “The Reign of Recycling”: Can we do better?

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  Everyone agrees that recycling is important, and that more recycling is better, right? In an opinion piece at the New York Times, John Tierney delivers a dismal review of the past ten years’ progress for the recycling industry. In a nutshell: as the price of oil and resources has fallen, labor costs have risen, making […]

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Sierra Energy Seeks a Online Business Development Director

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  Sierra Energy, a clean-tech start-up, is seeking a full-time, experienced Online Business Development Director to run a new web platform. The platform is almost ready for global launch and we are looking for someone to help us make it succeed.   With national attention from the New York Times and contracts with the Department […]

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Economic Thought Leader, Rob White, Joins Sierra Energy

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  Sierra Energy is proud to announce that it has brought on Rob White as its new Chief Strategist.   Mr. White brings a wealth of knowledge and more than 25 years of professional experience that includes executive leadership and management positions in public administration, the nonprofit sector and the private sector.   Most recently, […]

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Sierra Railroad, sister company of Sierra Energy, seeks an On-Board Operations Manger

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Sierra Railroad, a sister company to Sierra Energy, is seeking an outstanding individual to manage the On-Board Operations of the Sacramento River Train. The On-Board Operations manager will be responsible for creating a welcoming atmosphere of hospitality for the Sacramento River Train passengers that result in exceeding the customers’ expectations, while also overseeing staff and […]

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New – Sierra Energy Seeks Chemical Engineer

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Sierra Energy, a clean-tech start-up, is seeking a full-time, experienced Chemical Engineer to add to its highly motivated, forward-thinking team. With national attention from the New York Times and contracts with the Department of Defense and the California Energy Commission, Sierra Energy is commercializing a revolutionary gasification technology for the conversion of different solid and […]

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Mendocino Railway, a sister company of Sierra Energy, is seeking a Project Development Manager

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Mendocino Railway, a sister company of Sierra Energy, is seeking an exceptional individual to manage the development of a new eco-friendly vacation home project in Willits, CA (local applicants will only be considered). The project manager will manage all aspects of the project from inception to completion including business plan and schedule development, cost estimation, […]

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Sierra Energy Seeks Entry-Level Sales Engineer

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Sierra Energy, a clean-tech start-up located in Davis, CA, is seeking a full-time, entry-level Sales Engineer to add to its highly motivated, forward-thinking team. With national attention from the New York Times and contracts with the Department of Defense and the California Energy Commission, Sierra Energy is commercializing a revolutionary gasification technology for the conversion […]

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Sierra Energy Seeks Chemical Engineer

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Sierra Energy, a clean-tech start-up, is seeking a full-time, experienced Chemical Engineer to add to its highly motivated, forward-thinking team. With national attention from the New York Times and contracts with the Department of Defense and the California Energy Commission, Sierra Energy is commercializing a revolutionary gasification technology for the conversion of different waste material […]

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Governor Brown sets the pace for lowering emissions, boosting innovation.

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California is leading the nation in implementing greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions to combat climate change and is reaping the benefits in its booming clean energy economy.  According to Bloomberg, shares of California companies in the NYSE Bloomberg Americas Clean Energy Index will climb at double the national average in 2015.  The 26 California companies in […]

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Sierra Energy’s CEO named one of the top 100 people in the Advanced Bioeconomy for 2015 by Biofuels Digest.

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  Biofuels Digest named Sierra Energy’s CEO, Mike Hart, one of the top 100 people in the Advanced Bioeconomy for 2015. Biofuels Digest, the most widely-read biofuels daily and newsletter, covers producer news, research, policy, policymakers, conferences, fleets and financial news in the greentech industry.   For more information about the Biofuels Digest “The Top 125 […]

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Renewable Hydrogen Promises Drastic Reduction of Climate-Warming Pollutants in California

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Hydrogen fuels from renewable sources are considered some of the most promising alternative fuels for reducing oil consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and air pollution.   For example, if California converts its 30.4 million metric tons of disposed waste annually to hydrogen using FastOx gasification, it would avoid the equivalent climate warming impact of approximately 86.9 […]

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Groundbreaking New Report Released by the Bioenergy Association of California

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The Bioenergy Association of California (BAC) has released a report “Decarbonizing the Gas Sector: Why California Needs a Renewable Gas Standard”, that presents a groundbreaking strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy security and jobs, and diversify California’s energy sector. Among the paper’s key findings:   California imports more than 90 percent of the […]

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Sierra Energy wins Defense Energy Technology Challenge for FastOx Gasifier Innovations

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Sierra Energy was selected as one of the winners of the 2014 Defense Energy Technology Challenge as part of the annual Defense Energy Summit and Innovation Showcase in Austin, Texas, November 11-13. The summit’s focus centers on proposed initiatives, and how to accelerate clean energy and infrastructure solutions for the Department of Defense (DoD).   […]

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Sierra Energy Named In Biofuels Digest “40 Hottest” List

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Selected from among thousands of greentech technology companies by expert panelists and voters, Biofuels Digest recognizes innovation and achievement in fuels, biobased chemicals and materials by emerging companies. Sierra Energy is honored to be listed among these companies providing innovative clean and green technology solutions.   For more information about the Biofuels Digest “40 Hottest” List, click here.

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CEO, Mike Hart, shares lessons learned and influential mentors

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Mike Hart was interviewed with Jim Lane of Biofuels Digest and shares his perspective on the bioeconomy and where FastOx® gasifiers fit in. Tell us about your organization and it’s role in the advanced bioeconomy. Sierra Energy has created the world’s most efficient gasifier. FastOx [gasification] developed in conjunction with UC Davis, US Army and California Energy Commission. […]

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We Need Your Vote

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Sierra Energy needs your help to stay in the running for the Chase Bank grant program. This nation-wide grant for small businesses provides 20 awards of up to $150,000 each, and requires a 250 vote minimum.   Sierra Energy has made significant strides over the past year, and is nearly finished with the design of […]

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Waste Gasification Economics, a Click Away!

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Sierra Energy has spent several months developing a Calculator Tool to quickly give custom economic projections and end-product comparisons for implementing FastOx™ gasification for your renewable project.   The calculator is now available on our website, here; just fill in your specific project parameters and receive immediate results. If you wish, a PDF of associated cost […]

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Syngas From Steel Mill

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Sierra Energy says it can convert idled steel mill blast furnaces into trash-to-biogas reactors, saving on the cost of building a plant.   By Jeff St. John Greentechmedia.com Sept 16, 2009   Sierra Energy wants to turn laid-off steel mill workers into trash-to-clean energy workers.   The Davis, Calif.-based company says its FASTOX technology can […]

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Two Billion Cars

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Sierra Energy Advisory Board member, Daniel Sperling, appeared on “The Daily Show” on February 11, 2009, to discuss his book with John Stewart.  Mr. Sperling is recognized as a leading international expert on transportation technology assessment, energy and environmental aspects of transportation, and transportation policy. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p […]

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The liquid stone produced by Sierra Energy’s FastOx™ gasifier proven to be non-leaching

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Slag is safe for use in construction   The molten stone known as “slag”, produced during the gasification process which has a myriad of potential uses in the construction industry, or as high density filler, if demonstrated to be non-leaching. Sierra Energy’s slag has undergone extensive testing, including the U.S. EPA’s Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure […]

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Sierra Energy Selected to Present to the Department of Defense’s DeVenCI Program

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  Sierra Energy is honored to have been selected by the Department of Defense (DoD) to present its FastOx waste conversion solution as part of the DoD’s Defense Venture Catalyst Intiative (DeVenCI) on April 26 in Virginia.   DeVenCI combines the efforts of the DoD, the venture capital community, and small innovative companies like Sierra […]

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Sierra Energy attends Waste Expo in Texas

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  Sierra Energy is attending the 43rd annual Waste Expo in Dallas, Texas. This is the nation’s largest solid waste and recycling trade show. We believe it is important to stay current on innovations and trends in the waste industry, to better understand the needs of waste companies and municipalities and to be aware of developments in […]

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Sierra Energy Appoints New CEO, Douglas M. Miller

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DAVIS, California – June 3, 2011 – Sierra Energy, an innovative gasification and renewable energy company, announced today that Mr. Douglas M. Miller has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer and is joining its Board of Directors.   Mr. Miller brings a wealth of knowledge and 30 years experience in commercializing cutting-edge renewable and alternative […]

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Sierra Energy Featured in Comstock’s Magazine

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Sierra Energy was featured in Comstock’s Magazine, August 2011 issue. The article discusses Sierra Energy’s decision to bring Douglas M. Miller to act as CEO for the company.   Here is an excerpt from the article: Since founding Sierra Energy Corp. in 2004, Mike Hart has led the charge to make it a force in […]

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Sierra Energy Featured on White House -Champions of Change- Blog

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The White House is recognizing ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things by out-innovating, out-educating, and out-building the rest of the world. Every week they are identifying “Champions of Change” and featuring their stories on the White House’s website. Sierra Energy’s story and our President, Mike Hart were featured on the Champions blog, on August 8th, 2011.   […]

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Sierra Energy Update

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Sierra Energy is working diligently to commercialize our waste gasification technology. During the past six months we have expanded our team hiring a financial analyst, a chemical engineer, a marketing director, and working with several consultants. Plus we are actively building professional and technical partnerships to increase our expertise and technical capabilities.   In August, Sierra Energy’s […]

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Sierra Energy’s President to Speak at 2011 GoingGreen Events

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Sierra Energy’s president, Mike Hart, will be speaking this Friday on “The State of the GoingGreen Venture Market” at the GoingGreen Insider Breakfast.   Hart will discuss the “valley of death” between research and the commercialization of green technologies. Hart says, “America has the technologies to get out of its dependency on foreign oil, but […]

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Sierra Energy invited to the White House Business Leaders Forum

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Sierra Energy’s CEO, Mike Hart, was invited to attend the White House Business Leaders Forum on Jobs and Economic Competitiveness today. At this day-long forum, senior administration officials will provide an overview of current efforts to spur economic growth and will be soliciting input from business leaders on a range of topics, among them: innovation; […]

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Sierra Energy Attends NREL Growth Forum

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 24th Industry Growth Forum attracted more than 500 investors, entrepreneurs,  scientists, and policymakers to Denver. Sierra Energy’s Mike Hart was one of them.   The three-day forum highlighted clean energy technology and business developments. Sierra Energy also took part in one-on-one meetings and the Partnership […]

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Sierra Energy Presents to the Delta Regional Authority

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Sierra Energy was invited by the Delta Regional Authority to speak at their 2011 National Policy Conference. This annual event links representatives from cities, counties, and economic development companies from each area of the Delta Region with the objective to find rapid solutions to reduce the challenging economic conditions in their area, including a lack […]

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Renewable Energy Entrepreneur Bill Davis Joins Sierra Energy Board of Advisors

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  DAVIS, California – November 29, 2011 – Sierra Energy, a waste gasification and renewable energy company, announced today that renewable energy entrepreneur Bill Davis has joined its Board of Advisors. Currently a managing partner at Empirical Asset Management, Mr. Davis was founder and CEO of Ze-gen, a waste gasification and renewable energy company.   […]

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Sierra Energy to Give Keynote at Pacific West Biomass Conference

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  PRESS RELEASE — Sierra Energy, a waste gasification and renewable energy company, today announced CEO Mike Hart will kick off BBI International’s Pacific West Biomass Conference & Trade Show, delivering the opening keynote address on January 17 at 8:00 a.m. PT. The 2012 Pacific West Biomass Conference will be held January 16-18 at the […]

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Getting to Know Mike Hart

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  Sierra Energy’s Mike Hart was featured in the Sacramento Business Journal today. Here are the highlights:   Green Business Newsmaker | Mike Hart Premium content from Sacramento Business Journal by Bob Schmidt , Correspondent Date: Friday, February 10, 2012, 3:00am PST   Throwing waste into a hole in the ground in a landfill and […]

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New FastOx Waste Gasification Video

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If you cannot view the video below, please click here to download. We just wrapped up Sierra Energy’s new video featuring our FastOx waste gasifier and our diligent engineering team. We intend later this year to commercialize our FastOx Pathfinder, a modular 25-ton per day waste to fuel system. Our Pathfinder system will initially be built […]

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Mike Hart Talks Trash and Economic Growth at Governor’s Winter Meeting in D.C.

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Hart to discuss the environmental, economical, and job growth potential of waste gasification to a bipartisan group of the nation’s governors.   PRESS RELEASE—Sierra Energy, a waste gasification and renewable energy company, today announced CEO Mike Hart was invited to speak at the 2012 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, February 24-27th in Washington, D.C. […]

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Waste & Recycling News article on Sierra Energy

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Mike Hart discusses FastOx and the future of Sierra Energy with Chris Gigley from Waste & Recycling News. Here are some highlights: When Hart discusses Sierra´s FastOx gasifier technology, the first advantage he mentions is how relatively easy it is to implement. FastOx is based on traditional blast furnace technology. Not only are there plenty of well-trained personnel and resources […]

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Sierra Energy joins President Obama’s signing of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act

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SACRAMENTO, CA – Today President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, a bipartisan bill that enacts many of the President’s proposals to encourage startups and support our nation’s small businesses. Sierra Energy, a small waste gasification and renewable energy company from Davis, California was in attendance and shares the President’s belief that […]

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Sierra Energy to Present at the Jamaica Power Summit in Kingston, Jamaica

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sierra Energy was invited by Electric Utility Consultants, Inc. to speak at the Jamaica Power Summit. April 19-20th in Kingston, Jamaica. This event links local representatives, government officials, and other energy experts to review and discuss the island’s current and future options for waste, energy, and fuel diversification.   Waste management is […]

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Mike Hart Talks Scale at the Waste Conversion Congress in Philadelphia

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Sierra Energy will be attending the Waste Conversion Congress in Philadelphia June 12-13. This 2 day forum is designed specifically to bring together leaders in finance, regulations, and operations to discuss the challenges still facing the waste conversion industry and strategies for achieving the greatest chance of success.   Mike Hart will be participating in […]

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Sierra Energy Selected as a Finalist for Sierra Nevada’s Innovation Challenge

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On June 21st, Sierra Energy will be one of 40 finalists showcasing their best innovations while competing for the “Most Innovative Product of the Year” award. Awards will be presented in each of five categories: clean tech and environmental; health care and medical; agriculture and food; web and software; and manufacturing and high-tech.   Sierra […]

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Sierra Energy to Present at Puerto Rico Power Summit

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Sierra Energy, a waste gasification and renewable energy company from California, will discuss how island trash can be converted into renewable fuels or electricity—an island treasure—using its FastOx waste gasification technology.   Waste management is especially challenging for islands. Landfills consume valuable and limited land and pose serious complications for the sustainability of growing island communities.   […]

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Sierra Energy Featured on Sierra Club Website

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The Sierra Club published a story today on FastOx waste conversion. Read the full story by Debra Atlas, here. DAVIS, CALIFORNIA — Can we all agree that using more renewable energy and less oil would be a good thing? Great, and any objections to sending less trash to the landfill? Well Sierra Energy Corp., a recent winner […]

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Sierra Energy “One to Watch”

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Renewable Energy from Waste magazine features Sierra Energy as “One to Watch“. Founded in 2004, Sierra Energy was formed to develop and commercialize the FastOx gasifier derived from the steelmaking blast furnace. Mike Hart, the founder of Sierra Energy, saw an opportunity to create a universal gasification technology in an otherwise segmented industry.   Sierra Energy […]

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California Energy Commission partners with Sierra Energy to convert waste to clean diesel fuel

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Sierra Energy Corporation and SacPort BioFuels jointly announced today that the California Energy Commission has invested $5 million to help construct a commercial waste-to-biofuels demonstration facility at the Port of West Sacramento. This joint effort will use the FastOx gasification process to convert locally-generated, non-recyclable waste into ultra-clean renewable fuels.   “We are pleased to make an investment in a technology […]

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Sierra Energy on National Public Radio

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In a broadcast on the cap & trade auction beginning today in California, Christopher Joyce from National Public Radio (NPR.org) speaks with Sierra Energy to get local perspective on how AB32 and the cap & trade program may impact California businesses and clean technologies.   Click here to listen to the full broadcast.   Excerpt from the […]

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Sierra Energy Listed in Top 30 Companies to Watch by AlwaysOn GoingGreen.

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The AlwaysOn team named Sierra Energy among the Top 30 Companies to Watch during the coming year. The list represented a wide range of sectors; energy creation, efficiency, water technology, resource recovery, bio-technology – up-and-comers with solid, early-stage backing and the potential to hit $200 million in revenue during the next few years, indicating substantial […]

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Sierra Energy Waste-to-Biofuels Project Proposed as Part of GO-Biz Investment Forum in Beijing

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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (December 6, 2012): Yesterday, US Ambassador to China Gary Locke kicked off his investment forum in Beijing where the U.S. Embassy worked with several U.S. Chamber of Commerce Organizations, International Trade Programs, and other partners to bring Chinese dollars to projects in the United States. A similar conference in May 2012 resulted […]

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Happy Holiday

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From all of us at Sierra Energy, we wish you a happy holiday!

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Much Ado About Scale in Waste Advantage Magazine

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  Waste conversion, an industry decades into its maturity and widely adopted in Europe, has been struggling to find a foot-hold here in the United States. This is the result of several influences, including: the U.S. is not yet experiencing a critical level of landfill scarcity; dark clouds of myth and misconception hang over the […]

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Mike Hart Defends Low Carbon Fuel Standards in Capitol Weekly

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  The influence and effectiveness of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard policies have been the subject of quite a bit of discussion and debate recently. Sierra Energy’s CEO, Mike Hart, reaches out to Capitol Weekly to defend the Low Carbon Fuel Standards saying “If successfully implemented, the LCFS will drive businesses and municipalities that want […]

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Mike Hart Supports the Small Business Clean Energy Financing Act of 2013

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Congresswoman Doris Matsui introduced legislation yesterday which will help small businesses in the clean energy sector access financing. The Small Business Clean Energy Financing Act of 2013 will create a loan program within the Small Business Administration (SBA) that would guarantee loans to companies that manufacture clean energy technologies.   Congresswoman Matsui, a long time […]

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Sierra Energy Visits China with California Governor Brown

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Sierra Energy’s CEO, Mike Hart, will be traveling with California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to The People’s Republic of China to open a new California foreign trade and investment office and to encourage investment and trade opportunities between the two regions.   From Wednesday, April 10th through Tuesday, April 16th, they will be traveling […]

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Mike Hart & Governor Brown on China and the Environment

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Mike Hart was interviewed by Channel 10 during Governor Brown’s week-long trade mission in China. Watch the video, or click here to view the story on Channel 10.     California Needs Cleaner China, says Brown GUANGZHOU, China – The lure of increased trade may make China irresistible to Gov. Jerry Brown, but it’s the country’s […]

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Davis firm develops system to streamline steel production

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Sierra Energy’s technology can also be used to turn solid waste into fuel.   By Celia Lamb Staff Writer Sacramento Business Journal Nov 7, 2008   A Davis startup wants to help companies turn garbage into energy and make steel more efficiently.   Sierra Energy Corp. has licensed a patent to make blast furnaces work […]

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Gasification vs. Incineration

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A Comparison of Gasification and Incineration of Hazardous Wastes MARCH 30, 2000

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Meet The Planet

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Sierra Energy CEO Mike Hart was interviewed by Jenny Griffin of “Meet The Planet.” In this telephone interview, Hart discusses with Griffin the overview of Sierra Energy’s exciting new blast furnace technology, including its benefits and contribution to the clean energy movement.   “Meet the Planet” is an environmental-friendly platform, with the goal to deliver […]

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Another View: S.F. Mayor Newsom was off-base on gasification

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By Mike Hart Special to The Bee Published: Jan. 3, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3E Being mayor of San Francisco often means you get your opinions published even when you are off-base. The recent commentary by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, co-authored by Teamster Robert Morales, is a prime example.   While Newsom correctly notes that landfills are bad, […]

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Emptying landfills and debunking waste myths

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May 17, 2010 Landfills are a bad idea. This may not be a news flash, however there seems to be an endless supply of subject matter experts on the topic that are all too willing to point to “solutions” with misleading or inaccurate explanations. Landfills are bad because each ton of trash placed in a […]

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KFBK 1530: Local company turns trash into energy

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KFBK interviews Sierra Energy’s CEO Mike Hart   August 11, 2010 KFBK 1530 News Talk   At the Renewable Energy Testing Center Sierra Energy, a small company that is taking waste and converting it into power. Their model takes garbage and, using a blast furnace, turns it trash into synthesis gas. President Mike Hart says […]

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Sierra Energy Selected by AlwaysOn as a ‘GOING GREEN’ Silicon Valley 100 Winner

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CEO Mike Hart to Present on the “Bridge to Zero Waste” At CEO Showcase   DAVIS, CA – October 11, 2010 – Sierra Energy, the developer of FASTOX™ gasification technology, announced today that it has been chosen by AlwaysOn as one of the GoingGreen Silicon Valley Top 100 winners. On a related note, Sierra Energy CEO Mike Hart—proclaimed an “environmental […]

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Sierra Energy’s Mk4 demonstration gasifier shifts into FastOx™ mode

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And  we’re off! After a thorough commissioning phase, Sierra Energy launched  its FASTOX™ testing campaign using its Mk4 demonstration gasifier. The  gasifier is operating on a wide variety of feedstocks including MSW,  steel-belted tires, medical waste, wood chips, and eco-pellets made of  walnut shells.  The syngas, metal, and slag produced during these tests  are undergoing […]

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Sierra Energy Selected as a GoingGreen Global 200 Winner

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Davis waste gasification company recognized for creating new opportunities in green technology.   Sierra Energy, a waste gasification and renewable energy company, announced today that its been chosen by AlwaysOn as one of the GoingGreen Global 200 winners, for the second year in a row.   “Picking this year’s GoingGoing Global 200 was a very […]

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Biomass Magazine Covers Keynote Presentation Given by Mike Hart

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Hart was the keynote speaker at the third annual Pacific West Biomass Conference & Trade Show in San Francisco, Calif., Jan 16-18. He delivered a speech that emphasized the versatility of synthesis gas, as well as how the value of biomass—particularly municipal solid waste (MSW)—will drastically increase over the next couple decades.   Hart said […]

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Sierra Energy receives California’s “Most Innovative New Product” Award

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On Thursday, June 21st, Sierra Energy was one of 40 finalists showcasing their best innovations while competing for California’s “Most Innovative New Product of the Year” award.   Sierra Energy had six minutes to convince a panel of judges that its FastOx Pathfinder—a compact and modular waste gasification system that converts nearly any form of trash […]

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Sierra Energy Supporting DoD Energy Iniatives

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Sierra Energy recognizes the benefits of domestic alternative and biofuel production goes far beyond environmental. As a result, Sierra Energy continues working to find an economical and efficient path from waste to drop-in transportation fuels.   During a recent webinar Sierra Energy attended, Military Legislative Assistant, Casey Howard called our nation’s lack of domestic biofuel […]

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Sierra Energy In Forbes Article

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Sierra Energy was quoted in a recent Forbes article on how the military has been encouraging biofuel startups in their mission to reduce fossil fuel dependency. The startup, based in Davis, Calif., is developing technology to transform a blast furnace into a machine that can vaporize garbage and produce either diesel fuel or electricity. It’s […]

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U.S. Department of Defense Selects Sierra Energy for 2013 Installation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (NOVEMBER 15, 2012): Sierra Energy today announced receiving a $3 million investment from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to install a modular, community-scale waste gasification system (FastOx Pathfinder) at U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County, California.   Sierra Energy’s FastOx Pathfinder system was selected by the DoD’s Environmental Security […]

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In Memory of Wil Agatstein

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  Sierra Energy is sad to announce the loss of our valued colleague, Wil Agatstein. Wil, a member of Sierra Energy’s advisory board and executive director of the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, passed away unexpectedly yesterday.   Wil dedicated his life to entrepreneurship and the power of technology to make a positive […]

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Sierra Energy in New York Times

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The New York Times printed Sierra Energy’s story in the August 18, 2013, Sunday Business Section. The article discusses how FastOx can impact the Department of Defense and the success Sierra Energy has accomplished thus far.   THERE is an indisputable elegance to the idea of transforming garbage into fuel, of turning icky, smelly detritus […]

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Biofuels Digest Shares Sierra Energy’s Vision for a Hydrogen-Fueled Future

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Could clean, inexpensive, zero-emission fuel from garbage be the fuel of the future? Mike Hart thinks so and Jim Lane from Biofuels Digest shares his vision: Pathfinder: Sierra Energy heads for a world beyond garbage, traditional power, fuel.   The power equation What is it, exactly, the Sierra Energy FastOx Pathfinder technology? Think “teensy blast […]

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