Mike Hart


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Commercialization of Waste Gasification

Mike Hart, CEO, Sierra Energy


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. FastOx® gasification diverts waste from landfills and reduces fossil fuel dependency, eliminating emissions from waste decomposition and fuel combustion. The first commercial scale FastOx® system, located on an Army base in Monterey, California, will process municipal solid waste and wood biomass from the site to produce energy products for their use. This plant is in the final stage of commissioning and will further prove the technology and provide valuable data for this emerging market.    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 a high demand for energy products and a large supply of waste.  


Mike G. Hart, CEO of Sierra Energy, has over 25 years’ experience forming and running industrial companies. Mike has served as Sierra Energy’s CEO since the company was founded in 2004. He also serves as President of Sierra Railroad Company, Sierra Energy’s parent which also has freight, passenger, and real estate divisions. Mike is a passionate environmentalist who has been named an “Environmental Hero” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a “Champion of Change” by the Obama administration. Mike actively works with public agencies, local and regional governments, academia, and private industry on regulatory and environmental issues ranging from waste processing and disposal to renewable energy production. He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California at Davis and a certificate from the Stanford Advanced Management Program.