FastOx technology wins Star Trek-inspired award!

The Roddenberry Foundation selected Sierra Energy’s FastOx gasification technology to win a $150,000 award for their innovative technology being created at the Davis, CA campus.

Sierra Energy was selected to win this prestigious inaugural award from over 600 applicants located in 70 countries. With this significant achievement, it will lay the groundwork for a 25 ton per day FastOx Pathfinder system in a disadvantaged Mexico City community to convert waste to renewable electricity. In tandem with the development of Sierra Energy’s commercial FastOx projects, this award sets a precedent for environmental and economic development benefits of FastOx in developing countries.

The Roddenberry Foundation prize recognizes technologies that will boldly go into the future. Founded in memory of Star Trek’s creator Gene Roddenberry, the foundation aspires to bring our world to the optimistic, utopian lifestyle depicted on the show. Through his compelling storytelling, Gene Roddenberry showcased the idea that humanity’s best days are in times ahead and, through technological advances, are achievable. The show depicted a future where technology helped create a better life for all humanity, and this award celebrates companies who are doing just that.

The nonprofit is funding innovation projects through catalyst grants, a fellowship program, and through this award’s $1 million challenge. All of The Roddenberry Foundation proceeds are put toward practical technology uses.

For more information about Sierra Energy, click here.

For more information about The Roddenberry Foundation awards, click here.

About The Author

David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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