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

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Feb 25, 2014 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? […]

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Sierra Energy attends Waste Expo in Texas

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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Syngas From Steel Mill

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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Man Of Steel

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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Defense Energy Technology Challenge Winner

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Aug 13, 2014 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 […]

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Supporting President Obama’s Climate Plan

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Aug 13, 2014 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 […]

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Sierra Energy to Give Keynote at Pacific West Biomass Conference

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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Renewable Energy Entrepreneur Bill Davis Joins Sierra Energy Board of Advisors

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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Sierra Energy Presents to the Delta Regional Authority

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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Sierra Energy Attends NREL Growth Forum

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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Sierra Energy invited to the White House Business Leaders Forum

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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Sierra Energy’s President to Speak at 2011 GoingGreen Events

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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Sierra Energy Update

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  Aug 13, 2014   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. […]

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Sierra Energy Visits China with California Governor Brown

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Aug 13, 2014 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 […]

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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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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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Happy Holiday

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

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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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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 on National Public Radio

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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

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  Aug 13, 2014   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, […]

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Sierra Energy Featured in Comstock’s Magazine

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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Sierra Energy Appoints New CEO, Douglas M. Miller

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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

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  Aug 13, 2014   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. […]

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Two Billion Cars

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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Sierra Energy in New York Times

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  Aug 13, 2014   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, […]

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In Memory of Wil Agatstein

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Aug 13, 2014 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 […]

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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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Biomass Magazine Covers Keynote Presentation Given by Mike Hart

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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Sierra Energy Selected as a GoingGreen Global 200 Winner

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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

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Aug 13, 2014 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 […]

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Sierra Energy “One to Watch”

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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Sierra Energy Featured on Sierra Club Website

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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Sierra Energy to Present at Puerto Rico Power Summit

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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Mike Hart Talks Scale at the Waste Conversion Congress in Philadelphia

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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Waste & Recycling News article on Sierra Energy

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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

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  Aug 13, 2014   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, […]

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New FastOx Waste Gasification Video

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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Getting to Know Mike Hart

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  Aug 13, 2014     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 […]

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Sierra Energy In Forbes Article

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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Sierra Energy Supporting DoD Energy Iniatives

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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KFBK 1530: Local company turns trash into energy

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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Emptying landfills and debunking waste myths

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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Meet The Planet

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  Aug 13, 2014   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, […]

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Gasification vs. Incineration

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  Aug 13, 2014   A Comparison of Gasification and Incineration of Hazardous Wastes MARCH 30, 2000

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Davis firm develops system to streamline steel production

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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Mike Hart & Governor Brown on China and the Environment

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  Aug 13, 2014   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 […]

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Waste Gasification Economics, a Click Away!

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Aug 14, 2014 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 […]

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We Need Your Vote

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Oct 9, 2014 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 […]

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CEO, Mike Hart, shares lessons learned and influential mentors

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Nov 6, 2014 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 […]

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Sierra Energy Named In Biofuels Digest “40 Hottest” List

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  Nov 24, 2014   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 […]

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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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Groundbreaking New Report Released by the Bioenergy Association of California

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Nov 24, 2014 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 […]

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

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  Nov 24, 2014   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 […]

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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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  Feb 4, 2015   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 […]

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

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  May 8, 2015   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.  […]

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Sierra Energy Seeks Chemical Engineer

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  Jun 12, 2015   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 […]

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Sierra Energy Seeks Entry-Level Sales Engineer

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  Jun 22, 2015   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 […]

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

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  Jul 1, 2015   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 […]

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New – Sierra Energy Seeks Chemical Engineer

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  Jul 14, 2015   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 […]

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

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  Jul 22, 2015   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, […]

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Economic Thought Leader, Rob White, Joins Sierra Energy

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Jul 31, 2015 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 Energy Seeks a Online Business Development Director

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Aug 21, 2015 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 […]

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

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Oct 8, 2015 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 […]

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Sierra Energy Awarded Grant For Hydrogen Fuel Research

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Nov 13, 2015 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. […]

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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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Nov 17, 2015 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 […]

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

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Nov 20, 2015 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 […]

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

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Dec 15, 2015 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 […]

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

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Jan 12, 2016 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 […]

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Sierra Energy CEO Speaks To Startups About Fostering Local Tech Community

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Jan 19, 2016 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 […]

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

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Feb 26, 2016 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 […]

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CEO Mike Hart Shares Lessons with Technology Entrepreneurs

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Mar 4, 2016 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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Construction Underway at Fort Hunter Liggett

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Mar 15, 2016 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 […]

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Sierra Energy Receives Two Environmental Awards in April

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Apr 22, 2016 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 […]

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FastOx Gasifier Shell Assembled and Nozzles Attached

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Apr 26, 2016 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 […]

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Licenses to Develop FastOx Gasification Now Available in Wyoming

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Apr 26, 2016 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 […]

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Sierra Energy Collaborates with Nishi Gateway on Innovation Center

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Apr 26, 2016 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 – […]

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New Video Explains FastOx Gasification

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Apr 26, 2016 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 […]

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FastOx Gasifier Shell Arrives

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Apr 26, 2016 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 […]

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Gasifier Frame and Polisher Fabricated

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May 10, 2016 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 […]

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CEO Mike G. Hart Explains FastOx Gasification to TEDx Sacramento

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May 10, 2016 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 […]

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Fort Hunter Liggett Polisher Tested to Withstand Pressure

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May 17, 2016 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 […]

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Sacramento Business Journal Interviews CEO Mike G Hart

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May 20, 2016 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 […]

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Global Mana Releases Five-Part Interview with Mike G Hart

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May 24, 2016 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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CEO Mike Hart Discusses Partnership with the US Army

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May 24, 2016 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 Explores Our Online Calculator as an Agent for Change

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May 24, 2016 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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Global Mana Spreads the Word About How We’re Spreading the Word

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May 24, 2016 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’s Final Segment Explores the Future of FastOx Gasification

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May 24, 2016 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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Sacramento Business Journal Reports SteelRiver Investment in Sierra Energy

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Jun 15, 2016 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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Drought and Bark Beetles Spur California Investment in Conversion Technologies

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Jun 30, 2016 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 […]

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Sierra Energy Shares Tips for Developing a Waste Conversion Project

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Jul 7, 2016 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 […]

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

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Jul 18, 2016 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 […]

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

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Jul 22, 2016 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 […]

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Modules Being Fabricated for System at Fort Hunter Liggett

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Aug 4, 2016 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 […]

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Sierra Energy Joins the Upstart 100 Companies Reinventing Their Industries

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Sep 8, 2016 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 […]

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Sierra Energy Featured in Report Summarizing Early 2016 Green Investment

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  Sep 12, 2016 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. […]

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Sierra Energy Wins Sustainability Category at 2016 Sacramento Region Innovation Awards

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Nov 9, 2016 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 […]

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Sierra Energy supports the Paris Climate Agreement

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Dec 9, 2016 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 […]

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Sierra Energy featured in Comstock’s – December 2016

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  Dec 20, 2016 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 […]

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

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  Dec 20, 2016 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 […]

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Sierra Energy wins Innovation Award from Roddenberry Foundation

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Feb 8, 2017 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, […]

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Sierra Energy featured in Sacramento Business Journal

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Feb 27, 2017   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 […]

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Sierra Energy attends WasteExpo in New Orleans

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Jun 6, 2017 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 […]

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Sierra Energy at Waste Expo 2018

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Apr 23, 2018 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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Mike Hart at the NorCal Clean Technology Forum & Expo and West Coast Collaborative Partners Meeting on Oct 16-18

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Oct 9, 2018 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 […]

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Sierra Energy at the 2018 SERDP ERTCP Symposium

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Dec 3, 2018 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 Speaks at New Frontiers in New Zealand

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Mar 10, 2019 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 Featured in CleanStart’s Progress Report 2019

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Mar 28, 2019 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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Sierra Energy at World Waste to Energy and Resources Summit

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May 29, 2019   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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Chance Meeting Lands Sierra Energy CTO Dodd in Waste Industry

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June 19, 2019   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 […]

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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 Energy […]

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