May 17, 2020

Facebook Chooses Global Power Supply for Data Center

Global
Power
supply
green
Admin
2 min
Global Power Supply—provider of power equipment ad services—teams with Facebook for a new energy efficient data center
Facebook has been receiving pressure from environmental advocates to green its business. Greenpeace even went so far as to hold a massive campaign to...

 

Facebook has been receiving pressure from environmental advocates to green its business.  Greenpeace even went so far as to hold a massive campaign to encourage Facebook to move away from coal power in favor of renewable energy to run its datacenters.  Perhaps Facebook got the message, because the social network giant has teamed with Global Power Supply to provide energy efficient solutions to green Facebook’s newest data center in Prineville, Oregon.

Global Power Supply is a leading international service provider of critical power equipment and fully integrated power services for emergency backup and primary power applications.  The company was selected to provide the custom designed power system and backup generators required by Facebook’s engineering team.  Global Power Supply’s diverse range of products and customized service offerings are what attracted Facebook according to CEO Ron Zamir, who says, "Global Power Supply has a unique vendor neutral approach that allows us to provide highly customized critical power solutions.

"Global Power Supply takes a 'Value Engineering' approach to the design and implementation of their custom generator power systems in order to minimize costs and maximize reliability."

 

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The Prineville data center is being developed to meet the system requirements of Facebook’s ever-expanding network of users.  Construction of the data center began in early 2010, and will be completed within five years, following an extensive build out and testing process.  Director of Data Center Design and Construction at Facebook, Jay Park, says, "Global Power Supply has been a valuable member of our data center deployment team, their expertise in standby power applications as well as their competent and responsive project management approach has allowed us to meet our project goals."

Facebook is looking to share its energy efficient data center technology with others in the industry.  Tom Furlong, Director of Operations at Facebook, says, "Inspired by the model of open source software, we want to share the innovations in our data center for the entire industry to improve upon."

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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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