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Sierra Energy

Our simple modification to blast furnace technology produces an efficient and scalable gasifier transforming waste into renewable energy.

  • Stage Concept Only
  • Industry Clean Technology
  • Location Davis, CA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2004
  • Employees 9
  • Website

Company Summary

Sierra Energy is commercializing its revolutionary FastOx waste gasification technology, a simple derivative of the centuries-old blast furnace technology. This efficient and scalable gasifier transforms nearly any form of waste into clean renewable energy. 

Sierra Energy is currently demonstrating its 5 ton per day gasifier at the Department of Defense’s Renewable Energy Testing Center.
McClellan Park, California. Testing has sho


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    Mike Hart

    Mr. Hart has served as Sierra Energy’s President and CEO since he founded the company in 2004. Named a “Champion of Change” by the White House and an “Environmental Hero” by the U.S. EPA, Mr. Hart also serves as President of Sierra Railroad Company. Mr. Hart is a graduate of U.C. Davis, where he frequently lectures.

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    Paula Stern
    Director of Overseas Markets

    A former chairwoman of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and distinguished scholar, The Honorable Paula Stern founded The Stern Group, Inc. in 1988 and leads its practice, serving national and multi-national companies and organizations on business, political and technological issues that affect their competitiveness in a global economy.

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    Ted Harris
    Government Consultant

    Mr. Harris has extensive experience working with local, state, and federal government entities and has proven expertise in environmental policy and strategy to successfully resolve environment, energy, and development issues. Harris has expertise in: attaining air and water quality regulatory solutions, developing successful strategies to grow and finance green companies, creating green communication strategies, and assisting clients with CEQA.

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    Rod Sidwell
    Process Engineer

    Mr. Sidwell brings more than 20 years of experience to Sierra Energy. Prior to joining Sierra Energy, he worked as Sr. Process Engineer for Ze-gen, a company developing a molten-metal gasification technology. His work centered on gasifier development, slag fluidization, mass-energy balances, and interpretation of experiment results.

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    Tony Brunello
    Government Consultant

    Mr. Brunello has over 15 years of experience in leading public and private entities through complex state, national and international climate change, renewable energy and greenhouse gas mitigation policies such as California’s Global Warming Solution’s Act (AB 32) and the state Renewable Portfolio Standard. Brunello served under Governor Schwarzenegger as the California Natural Resources Agency’s Deputy Secretary for Energy and Climate Change.

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    Daniel Dodd
    VP Engineering

    Mr. Dodd earned a Masters of Engineering, with first class honours, in aerospace and mechanical engineering from the University of Bristol in England. Prior to joining Sierra Energy, Mr. Dodd’s professional experience included engineering work for Goodrich Aerospace Corp., Bridgestone UK Ltd., Atkins Engineering Consultants, The European Space Agency (ESA) and Tidal Generation Ltd.


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    Torgny Nilsson
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    Tom Loftus

Previous Investors

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    Sierra Railroad