May 17, 2020

Beat the Pump! The Top 5 Gas Saving Apps

gashog
avego
avego driver
waze
Admin
3 min
These brilliant apps provide tremendous relief for the frugal gas buyer
Now that a gallon of gas costs more than a pint of beer, commuters around the world are scrambling to find innovative ways to lower the hefty price of...

Now that a gallon of gas costs more than a pint of beer, commuters around the world are scrambling to find innovative ways to lower the hefty price of their fill-up. Good news—we are in the future—and plenty of brilliant apps designed for smartphone technology have hit the market, and are saving commuters everywhere money they vitally need.

Here are our top 5 picks for the best gas saving apps:

1. GasHog ($.99 on the iPhone and iPad)

GasHog earns the number one spot, because it encourages good old fashioned conscious responsibility. The app tracks the fuel efficiency of your car, by tracking your statistics after every fill-up. In addition to articulating your fuel economy, the app also gives you tips for improving your mileage. What a pal!

2. Avego Driver (Free on the iPhone and iPad)

We rank this app number two, because despite its awesomeness, it is a bit rainbow-unicorn- utopia for realistic mass implantation and accessibility. While turning your personal car into a communal bus is an exciting prospect, the reality is a far –fetched, uncomfortable notion for most average drivers. The average American feels uncomfortable when a flower salesman gets too close to their locked vehicle; it is a great stretch to imagine Jo Shmo feeling liberal enough to open his Hyundai up to a group of vagabond strangers.

Avego’s platform is awesome nonetheless. The app offers the driver’s empty seats to riders looking for a ride along the same route, and then calculates the total shared cost of the ride between all passengers.

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3. Waze (Free on the iPhone and iPad)

This app is incredible because it not only ultimately lowers your gas bill, but it helps you avoid traffic! Talk about killing two annoying, obnoxious, oppressive birds with one stone. Users update traffic jams, police traps, and road hazards to the platform, which streamlines the data into a seamless, easy to use interface.

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4. Gas Buddy (Free on iPhone, iPad and Android)

GasBuddy is in the business of supporting cheap gas stations. Users update lists of current gas station prices, and with good incentive--users' updates earn them points towards awesome prizes. Ultimately users of the app can find the cheapest nearest gas station near them using the smartphone’s GPS technology.

5. Route4me (Monthly membership available on iPhone, Ipad and Android)

Route4me is all about optimization. The app streamlines your route while you travel to multiple—up to 200—destinations. The service boasts that their routes are ultimately 25-35% shorter after optimization. However the app will cost you! A basic personal membership costs 15 bucks a month, with a premium membership hitting the 100 dollar range. Ultimately the app is great for cab drivers, but probably not so fiscally desirable for the average driver--who drives to that many destinations?

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Oct 19, 2020

Itronics successfully tests manganese recovery process

cleantech
manganese
USA
Scott Birch
3 min
Nevada firm aims to become the primary manganese producer in the United States
Nevada firm aims to become the primary manganese producer in the United States...

Itronics - a Nevada-based emerging cleantech materials growth company that manufacturers fertilisers and produces silver - has successfully tested two proprietary processes that recover manganese, with one process recovering manganese, potassium and zinc from paste produced by processing non-rechargeable alkaline batteries. The second recovers manganese via the company’s Rock Kleen Technology.

Manganese, one of the four most important industrial metals and widely used by the steel industry, has been designated by the US Federal Government as a "critical mineral." It is a major component of non-rechargeable alkaline batteries, one of the largest battery categories sold globally.

The use of manganese in EV batteries is increasing as EV battery technology is shifting to use of more nickel and manganese in battery formulations. But according to the US Department of Interior, there is no mine production of manganese in the United States. As such, Itronics is using its Rock Kleen Technology to test metal recoverability from mine tailings obtained from a former silver mine in western Nevada that has a high manganese content. 

In a statement, Itronics says that its Rock Kleen process recovers silver, manganese, zinc, copper, lead and nickel. The company says that it has calculated – based on laboratory test results – that if a Rock Kleen tailings process is put into commercial production, the former mine site would become the only primary manganese producer in the United States.

Itronics adds that it has also tested non-rechargeable alkaline battery paste recovered by a large domestic battery recycling company to determine if it could use one of its hydrometallurgical processes to solubilize the manganese, potassium, and zinc contained in the paste. This testing was successful, and Itronics was able to produce material useable in two of its fertilisers, it says.

"We believe that the chemistry of the two recovery processes would lend itself to electrochemical recovery of the manganese, zinc, and other metals. At this time electrochemical recovery has been tested for zinc and copper,” says Dr John Whitney, Itronics president. 

“Itronics has been reviewing procedures for electrochemical recovery of manganese and plans to move this technology forward when it is appropriate to do so and has acquired electro-winning equipment needed to do that.

"Because of the two described proprietary technologies, Itronics is positioned to become a domestic manganese producer on a large scale to satisfy domestic demand. The actual manganese products have not yet been defined, except for use in the Company's GOLD'n GRO Multi-Nutrient Fertilisers. However, the Company believes that it will be able to produce chemical manganese products as well as electrochemical products," he adds.

Itronics’ research and development plant is located in Reno, about 40 miles west of the Tesla giga-factory. Its planned cleantech materials campus, which will be located approximately 40 miles south of the Tesla factory, would be the location where the manganese products would be produced.

Panasonic is operating one of the world's largest EV battery factories at the Tesla location. However, Tesla and other companies have announced that EV battery technology is shifting to use of nickel-manganese batteries. Itronics is positioned and located to become a Nevada-0based supplier of manganese products for battery manufacturing as its manganese recovery technologies are advanced, the company states.

A long-term objective for Itronics is to become a leading producer of high purity metals, including the U.S. critical metals manganese and tin, using the Company's breakthrough hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, and electrochemical technologies. ‘Additionally, Itronics is strategically positioned with its portfolio of "Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies" to help solve the recently declared emergency need for domestic production of Critical Minerals from materials located at mine sites,’ the statement continues.

The Company's growth forecast centers upon its 10-year business plan designed to integrate its Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies and to grow annual sales from $2 million in 2019, to $113 million in 2025.

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