Every year, more and more corporations around the world are looking for ways to install sustainable technologies into their business operations so that they can reduce their carbon footprint. Davis, CA-based company, Sierra Energy, is at the forefront, showing how businesses can achieve this. In fact, Sierra Energy’s advances in the field of waste conversion have been so successful that they’ve drawn the attention of the United States Army.
As Sierra Energy’s CEO Mike Hart explains, their unique gasifier can convert any type of waste into reusable, clean energy. And he really does mean any! Medical waste, electronics, tires, railroad ties, sewer sludge—“buckets and barrels of horrible things,” says Hart—have all been tossed into one end of their gasifier and comes out the other end with the same result: clean, renewable energy.
this technology can literally save lives.”
This catalyst for ecological change certainly deserves attention from contractors across the globe, but why is it so intriguing to the US Army? For starters, Sierra Energy’s FASTOX (fast oxygen) technology is capable of converting heavy duty industrial garbage and hazardous wastes into usable energy, including diesel fuel. Secondly, while solar power and wind power are great options for generating energy sustainably, they become less reliable on long stretches of days when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing. The brilliance of Sierra Energy’s waste gasification is that it’s a 24-hour a day, low-cost, high-yield operation that doesn’t rely on environmental factors. Third, and most importantly, this technology can literally save lives. As Hart explains, in Afghanistan, over 1,600 soldiers lost their lives while transporting fuel or waste. Placing a small fastox system exactly where waste needs to be broken down will greatly reduce, if not eliminate, these transport needs and take soldiers out of harm’s way. With that in mind, it should be no surprise that Sierra Energy has been awarded a five-year work contract on an army base in Monterey to test out how their designs can be incorporated into a smart military system. Check out the video to learn more about the partnership between Sierra Energy and the US Army.