May 17, 2020

Moving Off the Grid with Clean Energy Fuel Cells

energy digital
Life Technologies
off the grid
clean energ
Admin
3 min
System to reduce CO2 emissions by 30%
CARLSBAD, Calif., July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Life Technologies Corporation announced it will use a fuel cell system to self-generate ele...

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CARLSBAD, Calif., July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Life Technologies Corporation announced it will use a fuel cell system to self-generate electricity for its company headquarters, along with its manufacturing and distribution center in Carlsbad, California. The Bloom Energy fuel cell system will begin operating in August and will reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent, increase energy reliability while also delivering cost savings.</p>
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The new fuel cell system will fit within 1500 square feet and generate one megawatt of electricity - among the highest output in San Diego County and equivalent to powering more than 1000 homes. Life Technologies is the first company in the life sciences industry to adopt the Bloom Energy technology and joins other leading companies including The Coca-Cola Company, eBay, FedEx, Google, Apple and Walmart.</p>
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&quot;Moving &#39;off the grid&#39; using innovative sources of alternative energy helps reduce our carbon footprint and continues to demonstrate our commitment to ongoing sustainability initiatives,&quot; said Cristina Amorim, Chief Sustainability Officer for Life Technologies. &quot;We will continue to lead our industry by indentifying green initiatives that are advantageous for both the environment and our business.&quot;</p>
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Life Technologies is continually exploring new ways to conserve energy and natural resources. Since 2008, the company has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 16 percent; energy consumption by 20 percent; water usage by 43 percent; and hazardous waste by 41 percent. Life Technologies&#39; sustainability efforts have also been recognized by leading organizations, including:</p>
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Listed on Corporate Knights&#39; Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations, the annual clean capitalism ranking announced each year during the World Economic Forum in Davos.</p>
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Selected as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index - reserved for the top 10 percent of the 2,500 largest companies in terms of sustainability.</p>
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Named to the Bloomberg-Maplecroft Climate Innovation Index (CII) Leaders. Members are ranked among the top 100 of the 819 largest US-based companies in terms of climate-related innovation and carbon management programs.</p>
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<strong>About Bloom Energy</strong></p>
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<a href="//www.bloomenergy.com">Bloom Energy </a>is a provider of breakthrough solid oxide fuel cell technology that generates clean, highly-efficient power onsite from virtually any fuel source. Bloom Energy&#39;s mission is to make clean, reliable energy affordable for everyone in the world. The Bloom Energy Server is currently producing power for several Fortune 500 companies such as Adobe, Caltech, eBay, FedEx, Google, Staples, and Walmart. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA.</p>
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<strong>About Life Technologies</strong></p>
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<a href="http://www.lifetechnologies.com/">Life Technologies Corporation </a><a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/LIFE?link=MW_story_quote">LI… -0.66% </a>is a global biotechnology company with customers in more than 160 countries using its innovative solutions to solve some of today&#39;s most difficult scientific challenges. Quality and innovation are accessible to every lab with its reliable and easy-to-use solutions spanning the biological spectrum with more than 50,000 products for agricultural biotechnology, translational research, molecular medicine and diagnostics, stem cell-based therapies, forensics, food safety and animal health. Its systems, reagents and consumables represent some of the most cited brands in scientific research including: Ion Torrent(TM), Applied Biosystems&reg;, Invitrogen(TM), GIBCO&reg;, Ambion&reg;, Molecular Probes&reg;, Novex&reg;, and TaqMan&reg;. Life Technologies employs approximately 10,400 people and upholds its ongoing commitment to innovation with more than 4,000 patents and exclusive licenses. LIFE had sales of $3.7 billion in 2011.</p>
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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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