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Title: Sierra Nevada Brewery


This is a combined heat and power (CHP) project profile on a 1 MW fuel cell CHP system at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico, California.

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EERE Publication and Product Library
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USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Advanced Manufacturing Office (EE-5A) (Advanced Manufacturing Office Corporate)
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United States
Industry; ITP; Combined Heat and Power; Project Profile

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None. Sierra Nevada Brewery. United States: N. p., 2007. Web.
None. Sierra Nevada Brewery. United States.
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title = {Sierra Nevada Brewery},
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abstractNote = {This is a combined heat and power (CHP) project profile on a 1 MW fuel cell CHP system at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico, California.},
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year = {Tue May 01 00:00:00 EDT 2007},
month = {Tue May 01 00:00:00 EDT 2007}
  • The study area is underlain predominantly by granitoid rocks of the Sierra Nevada batholith. Metamorphic rocks are present in roof pendants mainly in the southwest corner of the study area and consist of quartz-biotite schist, phyllite, quartzite, marble, calc-silicate hornfels, and meta-dacite. Among the seven Triassic and (or) Jurassic plutons are three newly described units that consist of the gabbro of Deer Mountain, the tonalite of Falls Creek, and the quartz diorite of Round Mountain. The map shows one newly described unit that intrudes Triassic rocks: the granodiorite of Monache Creek which is a leucocratic, medium-grained, equi-granular, locally porphyritic biotitemore » hornblende granodiorite. Among the seven Cretaceous plutons are two newly described units. The Cretaceous rocks are generally medium- to coarse-grained, potassium-feldspar porphyritic granite with biotite and minor hornblende; it includes abundant pods of alaskite. The granite of Haiwee Creek is similar but only locally potassium-feldspar porphyritic and with only minor hornblende. Major-element data plotted on Harker diagrams show the older rocks to be higher in iron and magnesium and lower in silica than the younger rocks. There are abundant local pods of alaskite throughout the study area that consist of medium- to coarse-grained, leucocratic granite, alkali-feldspar granite and associated aplite and pegmatite bodies occurring as small pods and highly leucocratic border phases of nearby plutons. Tertiary and Quaternary volcanic rock include the rhyolite of Monache Mountain and Quaternary surficial deposits: fan, stream-channel, colluvium, talus, meadow-filling, rock-glacier, and glacial-moraine deposits. Important structures include the Sierran front fault and a possible extensional feature along which Bacon (1978) suggests Monache Mountain erupted.« less
  • Basidiocarps of Pisolithus tinctorius, a gasteromycetous fungus adapted to harsh sites, were observed in association with Jeffrey and Sierra lodgepole pine on acid mine spoils in northeastern California. Subterranean mycelial strands were traced from these basidiocarps to the root systems of the two pine species, which had ectomycorrhizae characteristic of those formed by this fungus in symbiotic relationships with conifer hosts.
  • Minerotrophic peatlands or fens in California's Sierra Nevada are small wet meadows surrounded by mixed conifer forest. The dynamics of vegetation change at the meadow edge and the ages and development of fens were investigated, in the Sagehen Creek Basin near Truckee, California, through the use of radiocarbon dating of peat, pollen studies, examination of processes of peat development and accumulation, stand age analysis of trees around peatlands, and evaluation of tree-ring variation. These approaches were used to evaluate both short- and long-term changes. Fens varied in age from more than 8000 years to less than 1000 years old. Resultsmore » suggest that overall fen development proceeds rapidly, with peat buildup dependent upon adequate moisture supply. During fen development trees repeatedly invade and retreat from the fen edges. The timing of invasions appear unrelated to events such as human disturbance and climatic change. Instead, changes are most likely to result from alterations in groundwater supply in interaction with tree establishment, longevity, and water uptake. Little evidence was found that accepted successional models which emphasize predictable and gradual vegetational development apply to fens in the Sagehen Basin.« less
  • Heat-flow measurements made in Lake Tahoe, California-Nevada, demonstrate that the transition from subnormal heat flow in the Sierra Nevada to above-normal heat flow in the Basin and Range province occurs west of the assumed physiographic boundary between these two areas, contrary to earlier belief. In addition, these data, together with data of other workers, clearly reveal the sharpness of this transition, which suggests that the causative thermal sources and (or) sinks must be restricted to depths not greater than the uppermost mantle. The way in which heat-flow data constrain the current hypotheses of crustal structure and evolution of the Sierramore » Nevada-Basin and Range provinces is illustrated with a tectonic model that employs a post-Cretaceous shallow-dipping subduction zone beneath the Sierra Nevada and an active upper-mantle diapir under the Basin and Range province during late Cenozoic time.« less