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Continued from page 1 varsity softball team called Zimmerman Park its home this past season. “I was told December of 2018 that we would have a field for this regular season,” Brooks said. “That was always the plan; that was the original release date. We were supposed to have our baseball season on this field of this year. The 2019 season was supposed to be played at Glenn.” Brooks said the school was not told early enough in the 2018-2019 academic year by anybody that it wasn’t going to have a field and added there was no communication. As a result, it was difficult to find a site to play the 2019 home games. In addition, the team has had to practice at Zimmerman Park, just north of the school and Brooks said it has been hard to get parents and fans out to the home games. “It’s more about the kids,” Brooks said. “I have a great senior group that hasn’t played at Glenn for two years; hasn’t had a chance to practice for two years and I really feel bad for this group of seniors and their parents that have not had a chance to see them play. It’s been really difficult for the program and it’s really hurt the program in terms of numbers.” The baseball team just completed a 13-

To advertise call 562-407-3873 Los Cerritos Community News - LosCerritosNews.net 11 out the elements playing much of a factor The idea is to gather all the great 11 season, losing to West Torrance High on ideas into one area creating a city of and 4-0 this past Tuesday in a CIF-Southern “There’s work being done on a daily for future generations and the planet. Section Division 3 wild card game. The basis,” Brooks said. “Obviously I’m not The world’s largest coal slurry plant Eagles went 20-9 last season and has ad- out here; I’m teaching classes. I’m not once stood in the place where the provanced to the postseason three straight monitoring it; it’s not my job to monitor. posed Laughlin Solar Tower could beseasons, something that hasn’t happened “We’re really hoping it injects a shot since the early 1990s. of life into the school,” Brooks later said. come reality. The plant lost its battle with When completed, the all synthetic “We need a shot in the arm. We need the EPA and officially shut down in 2005. baseball fields will have nice batting something to get this place going. We’re The new vision is a Concentrated Solar cages, bullpens on both sides of the field hoping these state of the art athletic facili- Power (CSP) facility with an iconic arthat will also be all synthetic and beauti- ties will get kids interested in coming to chitectural tower generating solar power ful dugouts, Brooks says. However, there Glenn; get them on campus and hopefully by using large, highly reflective parabolwill be a safety concern with the light get he or she to come to school here. ic mirrors to concentrate sunlight onto a poles which have been placed in front of small area. This is achieved by directing the dugouts and fence instead of behind solar radiation to heat a pipe carrying the the fence. The dimensions will be 315 feet superheated medium, which is typically down the lines and 365 to center and the RIO SOLARE salt, to a molten state of over 1000 dehome dugout will be on the first base side. Continued from page 11 grees. This extreme heat reacts with waBut once again, no target date has been given for completion. Along the Colorado River is a 22 ter to create steam, forcing a turbine to “[Glenn athletic director] Linda [Par- mile stretch of land that hopes to be the generate electricity. ra] has been the one that’s been doing a incubator for green, sustainable and inA renewable energy lab and school lot of the communication,” Brooks said. novative ideas. Solare demonstrates is the center of learning with a curricu“She’s done a great job trying to reach out earth friendly technologies seen in use all lum devoted to the research of renewable to the district and try to get an answer of over the world. “Good ideas make good electricity, energy productivity, systems when, or if, I guess, we would have a fa- sense,” says founder Richard Brindisi, integration, and sustainable transportacility for this year. Obviously, the answers “other nations are investing billions into tion. Property adjacent to an existing came a little late that we weren’t going to their future, by building model cities that college has over 500 acres that extends have a home field for the second year in a incorporate solar towers, sugarcane etha- to the Colorado River shoreline. This row and a place to practice.” The field will be nice as future Glenn nol and the world’s largest algae farm in would allow for a wide variety of studies players will get a top of a line, flat, great a tri-state initiative in California, Nevada and new buildings to be constructed ofplaying surface on a constant basis with- and Arizona.” fering students the opportunity to study

the green economy. Sugarcane Ethanol is one of many agricultural products that has become an alternative source of renewable energy. Ethanol is produced from a variety of plants such as sugar cane, sugar beets and corn as well as many types of biomass and cellulose waste. Most of the area in the Rio Solare project is flood irrigated agriculture and dedicated to crops such as alfalfa, cotton and hay. This alternative use of land for Bio Fuel, specifically Sugar Cane, is combined with drip irrigation to develop the most ethanol per acre in arid lands. Waste products which are the fibrous husks, stalks and other discarded biomass, produce bagasse, the dry pulpy residue left after the extraction of juice from sugar cane, used as fuel for electricity generation by combustion. Studies have determined that replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources, such as algae, have the capability of reducing CO2 emissions by up to 80%. The key to algae's potential as a renewable fuel source lies in the high productivities of algal biomass that can be grown in a given area; some researchers say algae could be 100 times more productive than traditional bioenergy feedstocks. Achieving the potential for these high productivities in the real-world is a key challenge to realizing the promise algal biofuels. Currently, there is a six square mile parcel located in the Rio Solare project on the Nevada side of the Colorado River that is twice the size of any current algae farm. A 300 acre parcel on the Colorado River was once a working golf course with a 14 story hotel tower that was stopped in mid-construction. The shell of this vacant, concrete building is slated to be the nation’s tallest and largest vertical farm. Along this parcel will be an ecological park aimed to protecting ecosystems through the demonstration of natural habitats in a park setting. The Emerald River Eco Park would be without parallel and become a world destination for learning and recreation. For more information visit www.riosolare.com

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