Commercialization of Waste Gasifcation
Mike G. Hart
Mike Hart is the President and CEO of Sierra Energy, a waste gasification and renewable energy company that he founded in 2004. He was named an “Environmental Hero” by the US Environmental Protection Agency for his work in biodiesel and recognized by the Obama Administration as a “Champion of Change” for his positive influence and efforts in innovation and creating a clean, sustainable future for the environment. Mr. Hart also serves as the President of Sierra Railroad Company, the oldest operating railroad in California, providing passenger and freight rail service, heavy construction, and industrial logistics.
Waste gasification eliminates cost and liability and opens new revenue streams for waste producers and managers. Sierra Energy’s FastOx gasifier converts almost any waste stream, including hazardous materials, into renewable energy products such as hydrogen, diesel and electricity while avoiding emissions from waste decomposition and fuel combustion. The first commercial FastOx system is set to begin operations in mid-2017, which will further prove and test the application of this new technology. This plant is located on an Army base in Monterey, California, and will process a mixture of waste on the site to produce energy for the base. Gasification is the next step for the waste management industry. It can extend the life of a landfill, eliminate hazardous materials, and operate at a profit in areas with greatest supply of waste and demand for energy product.