May 17, 2020

Energy Efficiency: A Financially Sound Way to Go Green

2 min
Energy efficiency improvements do not have to financially “break the bank” upfront in order to save money in the long run by going green.
Written by Bobbi Klein The commercial and residential sectors alike are searching for ways to become “greener,” save money, and reduce gree...

Written by Bobbi Klein

The commercial and residential sectors alike are searching for ways to become “greener,” save money, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  However, the availability of extra money to fund the renovations is hard to come by in the current economic recession.  The mantra thus far has been let’s cut back on the extras that we do not need and use the savings for other allocated sectors.  What if there is a way to become “green” without any upfront costs and can be a fiscally correct solution?

Green Analytics, Inc., an energy conservation company, guarantees that its energy conservation solution reduces energy usage by at least 30%, without any up-front costs, and has a return on investment of 3 years.

The question going through your mind must be “How is this possible?”   According to Green Analytics’ CEO Brandon Fletcher, “We find a fiscally correct way for everyone to say ‘yes’ to energy efficient technology.  Green Analytics uses profit maximizing green technology that is ‘better, faster, and cheaper’ not just greener.”  The current “green” marketing theme is that you are a “bad” person for not going green; however, Fletcher states, “With our green technology, we market that you are a ‘bad financial manager’ for not going green.”  Due to Green Analytics’ technology, there could be nothing wrong with the environment and with the guaranteed 30% reduction in energy costs; it would be ridiculous not to say “yes.”

The financing of the energy efficiency renovations allows the client to not need faith in the technologies, but rather in the financial strength of the financing partner, which include several national leasing companies or even the client’s own bank to back the project.

RDS Manufacturing in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma incorporated energy efficiency renovations, which included an air circulation system (Coenco Air Movers) and lighting retrofitting.  RDS saved 38% energy usage with the lighting alone.

Fletcher concludes with two main cautions, “1) Do not go green alone. You will either pay too much to do a few easy things or get tricked into a very expensive marketing campaign with solar panels everywhere. 2) Do not pay for going green. If the green technologies cannot meet your company’s investments hurdle, just like every other investment your company makes, you are wasting money.”   

With all of the savings and the possibility of tax incentives, becoming energy efficient should be an easy decision.  Need I say more.

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Oct 19, 2020

Itronics successfully tests manganese recovery process

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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