Redwood Materials opens up new facility just miles from Tesla Giga Nevada


Redwood Materials, a battery and e-waste recycling venture from former Tesla executive J.B. Straubel, has opened up a new manufacturing facility in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Park, just miles from Tesla’s Giga Nevada production facility.

Fulcrum to build second waste-to-fuels plant in Gary, Indiana

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Fulcrum BioEnergy has selected Gary, Indiana as the location of its Centerpoint BioFuels Plant, which will convert municipal solid waste (MSW) into low-carbon, renewable transportation fuel. Once operational, the Centerpoint plant will divert and process approximately 700,000 tons of waste from the Greater Chicago area. The plant will process the waste, which will be converted offsite into a prepared feedstock, and will produce approximately 33 million gallons of fuel annually.

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BP and Johnson Matthey license Fischer-Tropsch technology to waste-to-biofuels producer Fulcrum BioEnergy for biojet

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BP and Johnson Matthey (JM) have signed an agreement with Fulcrum BioEnergy to license their Fischer Tropsch (FT) technology to support Fulcrum’s drive to convert municipal solid waste into biojet fuel. Fulcrum will use the BP and JM technology in its new Sierra BioFuels Plant located in Storey County, Nevada, approximately 20 miles east of Reno.

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Abengoa to begin building municipal solid waste to fuels plant for Fulcrum

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Abengoa has received Notice to Proceed on Fulcrum BioEnergy’s plant that will produce biofuels from Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) in the United States with gasification technology. The plant will be located in the State of Nevada and will have the capacity to produce 10 million gallons of biofuels per year, to be used in the aviation sector.

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Start-up Working with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. to Micro-Produce Ethanol With Discarded Beer Yeast

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E-Fuel, the developer of a home ethanol system—the Efuel100 MicroFueler —and Sierra Nevada have agreed to house MicroFuelers at the brewery in Chico, California, enabling Sierra Nevada to manufacture its own ethanol using waste from its brewing process. Today, most beer yeast waste is transported daily by trucks to be used as dairy feed on local farmlands. On average, Sierra Nevada resells 1.6

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Tesla Model S P85D Top Speed, Gigafactory Update, Nuclear Waste As Energy Source: Today's Car News

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Today, we look at the performance of the Tesla Model S P85D electric car, progress on Tesla''s battery-cell "Gigafactory" in Nevada, and how nuclear waste could potentially be used to generate electricity for all of those Tesla plug-in cars. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Is the Tesla Model S P85D the world''s fastest sedan? To find out

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USDA to provide $105M loan guarantee to Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels; municipal solid waste to ethanol

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a $105-million loan guarantee to Fulcrum Sierra BioFuels, LLC to finance development of a facility to convert municipal solid waste into advanced biofuels. by Fulcrum, will fully fund construction of the municipal solid waste to renewable transportation fuel facility. The Sierra BioFuels Plant will be located approximately 20 miles east of Reno, Nevada in Storey County.

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Karl Strauss Brewing Company and GreenHouse Partner to Create Ethanol from Beer Waste With the E-Fuel MicroFueler

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GreenHouse will collect the left-over waste and distribute it throughout California to home and business-owners where, using the E-Fuel MicroFueler, they can distill their own ethanol. Greenhouse is also partnering with Gordon Biersch and Sierra Nevada breweries, and Sunny Delight Beverage Company, the last for sugar waste. (A

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PNNL, Moselle to advance using magnetic nanoparticles to capture lithium, cesium from brines

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Currently, the global supply chain for these elements relies heavily on dated extraction processes that are energy-intensive, consume a lot of water, and create toxic waste.

Greyrock, Tsinhua U, DRI to assess potential of synthetic diesel to improve air quality in China

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Greyrock Energy, a developer of a gas-to-liquids (GTL) process that produces synthetic diesel, will participate with Tsinghua University of Beijing, China and the Desert Research Institute (DRI) of Reno, Nevada to quantify the positive impact on air quality from the use of synthetic diesel fuels as compared with petroleum derived diesel fuels. Desert Research Institute is the nonprofit research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education.

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USDA to award $11M loan guarantee to Oregon biorefinery

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The Novus plant will process agricultural waste into fuel, natural gas, organic fertilizer and other bio-based products. Novus will use waste from onion and potato processing plants, dairy manure, seasonal plant by-products and other waste supplied by local growers and processors as the primary feedstock. USDA has financed projects in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina and Oregon.

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Rivian hiring Field Specialists to ensure touchless deliveries run smoothly next month


Rivian R1T deliveries are only a few weeks away, and the EV maker isn’t wasting any time preparing for it. Rivian is actively recruiting Field Specialists in the following states: Ohio, Texas, Nevada, California, Washington, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C.,

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Tesla seeking 56% cut in $/kWh, $25K EV in three years through manufacturing and design innovations

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Gigafactory Nevada currently has a capacity of about 0.15 Viewed another way, from a smaller footprint than Giga Nevada, Tesla could get many times the cell output.

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DuPont and Procter & Gamble partner to use cellulosic ethanol in Tide laundry detergent; replacing corn ethanol

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DuPont will produce the cellulosic ethanol at the company’s new biorefinery, currently under construction in Nevada, Iowa. The new Tide Cold Water will re-purpose more than 7,000 tons of agricultural waste a year. DuPont and Procter & Gamble are collaborating to use cellulosic ethanol in North American Tide Cold Water laundry detergent—the first such application for cellulosic ethanol. The cellulosic ethanol will replace corn-based ethanol in the formulation.

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US DOE to award nearly $18M to 4 biorefinery projects for mil-spec renewable hydrocarbon fuels

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The pilot-scale biorefinery projects selected today will use a variety of non-food biomass feedstocks, waste-based materials, and algae in innovative conversion processes. million) The BioProcess Algae project will evaluate an innovative algal growth platform that will produce hydrocarbon fuels meeting military specifications using renewable carbon dioxide, lignocellulosic sugars and waste heat.

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E-Fuel Introduces Production Model of Home Ethanol System

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The size and weight reduction is due to several design improvements to the core ethanol conversion column that is now capable of processing various organic waste material, as well as cellulosic and algae feedstocks. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, CA plans to install a MicroFueler this year and use its beer waste to power its vehicles. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co discards 1.6 E-Fuel Corporation has unveiled the final production model of the E-Fuel MicroFueler.

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UPS to invest more than additional $90M in natural gas vehicles and infrastructure; 6 new CNG stations, 440 vehicles

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UPS currently operates 31 CNG fueling stations in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, and West Virginia and runs CNG vehicles in 38 states in the U.S. RNG, also known as biomethane, can be derived from many abundant and renewable sources, including decomposing organic waste in landfills, wastewater treatment and agriculture.

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Tesoro to support development of renewable biocrude for its refineries; Fulcrum, Virent, Ensyn partners

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Fulcrum plans to supply biocrude produced from municipal solid waste to Tesoro Refining & Marketing Company LLC (TRMC) to process as a feedstock at its Martinez, California Refinery. An estimated 800 barrels of biocrude per day will be produced at Fulcrum’s Sierra BioFuels Plant in Reno, Nevada, which is expected to be operational in early 2018.

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Fulcrum BioEnergy MSW-to-ethanol plant selected by DOE to advance to final stage for loan guarantee

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The Fulcrum plant uses a thermochemical process involving gasification of municipal solid waste (MSW) followed by the catalytic conversion of the syngas to ethanol. The Sierra BioFuels Plant will be located approximately 20 miles east of Reno, Nevada in Storey County. million gallons of ethanol annually along with 16 megawatts of renewable electricity by processing post-sorted municipal solid waste (MSW).

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Fulcrum Bioenergy awards $200M EPC contract to Abengoa for MSW-to-jet plant

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Fulcrum BioEnergy has awarded a $200-million fixed-price engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to Abengoa for the construction of Fulcrum’s first municipal solid waste (MSW) to transportation fuels facility, the Sierra BioFuels Plant. Fulcrum has entered into numerous strategic relationships throughout the value chain including waste services companies, technology providers and product offtake companies.

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Study concludes 20% synthetic diesel blend could reduce PM emissions in Beijing by ~19%

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PM emissions from current vehicles in Beijing could be reduced by approximately 19% by simply blending 20% synthetic diesel with currently available diesel, according to a new study by Tsinghua University, the Desert Research Institute in Nevada and Greyrock Energy, a developer of gas-to-liquids technology.

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USDA approves $99M, 80% loan guarantee to Chemtex to support development of cellulosic ethanol from energy grasses

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USDA has funded 8 additional biorefineries that are using feedstocks such as agriculture residue, woody biomass, municipal solid waste, and algae in states including Michigan, Oregon, Florida, Nevada, and New Mexico. The PROESA process delivers cost-effective sugars from non-food biomass for use in bioproducts. Source: Beta Renewables. Click to enlarge.

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Partners Target Biomass-to-Liquids Demo Plant for Toledo

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Red Lion’s patented Waste to Energy (W2E) technology involves feedstock pyrolysis, followed by non-catalytic steam reforming which produces syngas with energy content ranging from 300- 450 BTU/SCF. NBC24. Renewable Energy Institute International (REII), Toledo’s Red Lion Bio-Energy , the University of Toledo, Midwest Terminals/Port of Toledo, SolarTurbines/Caterpillar, and other partners are working to build a biomass-to-liquids demonstration plant in South Toledo, Ohio.

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Biodiesel From Feather Meal

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Scientists in Nevada are reporting development of a new and environmentally friendly process for producing biodiesel fuel from chicken feather meal, made from the 11 billion pounds of poultry industry waste that accumulate annually in the United States alone. Schematic representation of biodiesel production from poultry waste.

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Aqua Metals opens first AquaRefining center for low-pollution lead-acid battery recycling

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recently held an open house at its first AquaRefinery at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center (TRIC) in McCarran, Nevada. The AquaRefining technology extracts lead from LABs with a room temperature, closed-loop, water-based process that results in significant reductions of hazardous waste and direct human contact with the lead itself. Aqua Metals , Inc. The company says that its proprietary AquaRefining is first environmentally friendly process to recycle lead-acid batteries (LABs).

Tailings storage facility breach at Mount Polley copper and gold mine

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The flotation circuit separates the valuable minerals from the waste minerals. The valuable minerals, mostly in the form of sulfides, are separated from waste minerals (gangue minerals) by floating and being collected and upgraded or cleaned to produce a concentrate. Initial separation is done in a rougher/scavenger circuit, where the waste minerals are discarded as tailings (which flow by gravity to the tailings impoundment area).

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Departments of the Navy, Energy and Agriculture award $210M in contracts for 3 drop-in fuel biorefineries; more than 100M gallons/year

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The companies receiving Phase 2 investment for the construction and commissioning of biorefineries are: Emerald Biofuels: To build an 82-million gallon per year (gpy) refinery on the Gulf Coast using waste fats to create military grade fuel. Fulcrum BioEnergy: To build a 10-million gpy refinery in McCarran, Nevada.

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ISU Researchers Develop Novel Supercritical Process to Create High-Value Chemicals from Biomass

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Conventional acid hydrolysis methods have also suffered from the high cost of building corrosion resistant plants, acid recovery, and generation of chemical wastes. Iowa State University (ISU) researchers and their colleagues at the Iowa Energy Center have developed a novel process for converting cellulose and related materials to high-value chemicals with low molecular weights. The biomass conversion process is based on the chemistry of supercritical fluids.

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USDA provides $91M loan guarantee to Cool Planet for biogasoline blendstock plant; biomass pyrolysis and catalytic conversion

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Early last month, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced that USDA had issued a conditional commitment on a $105-million loan guarantee to Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels, LLC to build a biorefinery in Nevada to produce renewable jet fuel from municipal solid waste. Gas chromatography comparison of Conoco fuel and a Conoco-CoolPlanet blend. Cool Planet’s biogasoline blendstock is 100% compatible with pump gasoline. Source: Cool Planet. Click to enlarge.

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Solar Energy - A Way To Cut Down On High Energy Costs

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Cutting our energy usage by using energy efficient appliances is one option, cutting wasteful energy usage is another, building green homes that use lower energy is yet another option. States like California in the US, have already started using this energy source on large scale, and other states like Nevada, Arizona and Florida have also been adding more solar power capacity to their energy portfolios.

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3 winners of DOE’s “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator” Challenge: hydrogen-assisted lean-burn engines, graphene for Li-air and -sulfur batteries, and titanium process

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IPAT , a startup company based in Nevada, Iowa, is using gas atomization technology developed at Ames Laboratory to make titanium powder with processes that are ten times more efficient than traditional powder-making methods—significantly lowering the cost of the powder to manufacturers. The liquid desiccant design allows for the utilization of solar or waste heat sources, paving the way for net-zero energy retrofits to existing buildings with costs comparable to conventional HVAC.

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DOE Selects 42 University-Led Nuclear Research and Development Projects for $38 Million in Funding

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas - $989,800. The goal of this research area is to research and develop the next generation of nuclear reactors that will produce more energy and create less waste. University of Nevada, Las Vegas - $451,269. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 42 university-led research and development projects for awards totaling $38 million.

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Hyperbaric Centrifuge Technology Successfully Dewaters Coal Fines

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the technology reduced the moisture to a level that the waste coal can now be marketed commercially. Waste coal slurry went through the centrifuge at a rate of 30 gallons per minute and was dewatered to 13-19% moisture with coal recovery greater than 97%. Now this technology can be used in conjunction with the Microcel technology developed many years ago to remove ash, to re-mine the fine coal discarded to impoundments and to help companies minimize waste generation.

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Clean Energy to build new CNG stations for multiple transit agencies and large school district; agreements with trucking, refuse and others

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The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) ordered an additional 80 buses that will fuel at a Clean Energy operated and maintained station, which is expected to be an incremental 700,000 DGEs of CNG annually. The City of Spokane, WA, will begin fueling 20 solid waste trucks at a recently opened CNG station that was designed and equipped by Clean Energy. Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

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ARPA-E awards $130M to 66 “OPEN 2012” transformational energy technology projects

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Conventional large-scale gasto-liquid reactors produce waste-heat, reducing the energy. Capturing this energy would reduce both waste. areas to convert otherwise wasted gas into usable chemicals that. Nevada Las. The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) will develop a new, fire-resistant electrolyte to make today’s Lithium-ion (Li-ion).

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USDA Report Provides Regional Roadmap To Meeting the Biofuels Goals of the Renewable Fuels Standard by 2022; Southeast to Provide ~50% of Advanced Biofuels

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Woody biomass, municipal waste potential. Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming. 0.3% (this is only for dedicated energy crops and woody biomass from logging waste). The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a report outlining both the current state of renewable transportation fuels efforts in the US and a plan to develop regional strategies to increase the production, marketing and distribution of biofuels.

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NRC report concludes hydraulic fracturing poses low risk for causing earthquakes, but risks are higher for wastewater injection wells; CCS impact undetermined

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Although only a very small fraction of injection and extraction activities at hundreds of thousands of energy development sites in the United States have induced seismicity at levels that are noticeable to the public, seismic events caused by or likely related to energy development have been measured and felt in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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ARPA-E awarding $60M to 23 projects; dry cooling and fusion power

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The program plans to provide $30 million to support 14 project teams in developing innovative, ultra-high-performance air-cooled heat exchangers, supplemental cooling systems and/or cool-storage systems that can cost-effectively and efficiently reject waste heat. Waste heat from the power plant flue gas will drive the microemulsion cooling system to provide supplemental cooling below the ambient temperature.

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The Game-Changing Water Revolution: Interview with Stanley Weiner

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Drought conditions have intensified in Nevada and Utah, and Arizona is facing a similar problem to California-it’s growing thirstier by the day. Let me put it this way: the ‘permanent’ desalination plants are discharging 50-65% of what’s rejected in the process in the form of a waste stream of highly concentrated brine liquid-directly into the oceans. We are wasting our precious fresh water resources every minute of every day when we could be reusing it.

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US DOT Awards $100M in Recovery Act Funds to 43 Transit Projects to Reduce Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Nevada: $3,000,000. Energy improvements include geothermal for heating and air conditioning, skylights and light tubes to reduce lighting fixture needs, solar panels on all available roof surfaces to produce electricity, a green roof on the new office addition, two waste oil burners to heat the vehicle storage building using waste oil generated by RRTA from the vehicle fleet, and energy efficient fixtures throughout the facility.

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Spirit of DC - PHEV3A - Untitled Article

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Jim Stansbury exhibited a 4-wheel drive heavy duty Plug-in Series Hybrid gasoline/electric vehicle that demonstrated how to harness kinetic and thermal energy from the suspension and waste engine heat in order to obtain more efficient power usage. Rick Hurt of UNLV’s Center for Energy Research did an interesting presentation on solar power technology from Amonix that is being widely adopted for energy generation projects by NV Energy and the Southwest Nevada Water Authority.

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To deal with this major special waste problem has to my knowledge never ever been brought to the attention of the readers of any paper around the world. Batteries are highly special toxic waste and cannot be dropped on the average dump site, so who is going to pay to get rid of this problem? One thing is for sure; - electric cars bring down the air pollution, but they sure create another waste pollution problem.

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Every scrap of waste food, garden trimmings and even sewage would be used to ferment gas. E.ON’s Mr. Ewert says one winning technology could be biogas, which can be fermented from farm and domestic waste or even sewage, and then be piped through existing gas networks. I appreciate big government green initiatives but inherent in that is slow movement and wasteful spending. She is an avid runner and hiker, having grown up camping most summers in the Sierra Nevada.

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