Coal ash investment opportunity in New Mexico

A great opportunity for any entrepreneurial business is to combine a major societal need with the ability to produce useful products that will successfully penetrate the marketplace and generate revenues. The proposed and on-going research for this project is being done by a team of small business (Aerblock Enterprises, Portal Branding Corporation, and Los Alamos Business Incubation [LABi]). It will facilitate the evaluation of coal combustion byproducts for societal use.

The work proposed here is intended, at least at this early stage, to center within the state of New Mexico; although, when successful, the effort will be expanded throughout the country. New Mexico is blessed with large coal deposits located mostly in the San Juan and Raton Basins in the northwest and northeast parts of the state, respectively.  Most of the coal produced is used for power generation here in New Mexico (e.g., San Juan, Four Corners, and Escalante) and neighboring Arizona (e.g. Apache, Cholla, Coronado, and Springerville). This creates a significant amount of coal ash annually that is considered a burden, both physical and financial, to the plants that generate the power. To the team taking part in this research, however, it represents a resource that must be carefully evaluated for economically relevant products.

The best way to overcome the financial and environmental burden of coal ash is to study it and determine if it contains useful material rather than let it languish as just another added burden to the waste-management capabilities of our communities. Our team of small businesses will investigate coal ash from the three coal-fired power plants of New Mexico with technical support provided by the NM Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) program at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.   We’ll do this to identify secondary products in the coal ash, the primary product being energy produced during the combustion of the coal.  The secondary products could be value-added resources that could potentially offset the cost of managing the voluminous production and subsequent disposal of coal ash. 

As a mineral resource, the composition of coal varies according to its source area. This variation comes not only from the general environmental context that produced it millions of years ago, but also from the geological context. The latter not only dictates what biological entities actually manufactured the majority of the carbon molecules present in the coal (through paleo botanical succession), but also the mineralogical and tectonic context during and after deposition as the organic matter transforms into coal.

We consider this compositional variation, however, to be an opportunity rather than a problem to be overcome. As we investigate the coal ash, the varying properties observed may reveal a wider variety of value-added resources. The more potential products that can be identified with this detailed investigation, the more coal ash tonnage that can then be targeted as a resource to be exploited rather than discarded and expensively buried. When the detailed investigation identifies resources that can be economically extracted from coal ash, it will positively transform the coal-fired power generating industry.

Posted on May 27, 2015

Time Period of Discretion

You have probably completed your forecasting for 2015 as one must do.  But as you move forward it might be worthwhile to consider the planning horizon you should use, especially with respect to incorporation of innovation. in this short article, New Year Forecasting, Past Year Reviews, and the Time Period of Discretion, Jaques’ Theory is reconsidered.  Give it a look, it might change your planning horizon.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015

LABi Supports Fiber and High Speed Internet in Los Alamos

News from the Los Alamos Daily Post in Los Alamos, New Mexico about high speed internet ground breaking.

Officials Break Ground On First ‘Fiber Meet Point’

Submitted by Carol A. Clark

on October 18, 2014 – 10:12am

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Friday’s REDI Net ‘meet point site’ ceremony on N.M. 4 near Bonnie View, from left, County Administrator Harry Burgess, Chief Information Officer Laura Gonzales, REDI Net General Manager Duncan Sill, LABi President Andy Andrews, Councilor David Izraelevitz, Councilor Rick Reiss, Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher, Council Chair Geoff Rodgers, Councilor Fran Berting, Attack Research CFO Tadeusz Raven, LABi Vice President Ralph Chapman and Attack Research  staff member Mark Lorinc, partner David Sayre and CEO Anthony Clark. Attack Research is a computer security business on Bonnie View that has been a proponent of bringing broadband to the White Rock and Los Alamos communities. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

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Map with a red line showing the meet point path. Friday’s dirt turning ceremony occurred at 118 Bonnie View. Courtesy/LAC

Staff Report:

County and business officials broke ground Friday afternoon on the first REDI Net ‘fiber meet point’ at 118 Bonnie View near N.M. 4 in White Rock.

County Administrator Harry Burgess explained that this is the first of a proposed eight ‘fiber meet point’ sites to be installed in business districts around Los Alamos and White Rock. The County Council approved a $250,000 general services contract with REDI Net to provide research, design, engineering and construction services for the fiber meet points.

Councilor Rick Reiss said at the time that this is an opportunity to spend County funds on infrastructure that is very important to the business community.

Burgess and several County Councilors joined REDI Net General Manager Duncan Sill, County Chief Information Officer Laura Gonzales, Attack Research and LABi officials Friday to mark the start of construction on the project with a ceremonial “turn of the dirt.”


See the full Los Alamos Daily Post article here.


Posted on Oct 20, 2014

Economic Development

LABi Posts Economic Development Paper

LABi (Los Alamos Business incubation) has posted a paper titled “What is Economic Development?” on its website ( According to Andy Andrews, LABi president, the paper is important because it explores the concept of economic development as a guide for discussion. Based on the concepts of community and the export of products or services, the paper moves forward from the individual to the creation of sub-communities to larger amalgams that can be identified as collaborative efforts focused on economic development.

Many factors contribute to the economic health and vitality of a community. Two of the most important are Commerce and Economic Development. Commerce is essential for the vitality of the community and can support economic development indirectly. In fact, if the retail outlets, their suppliers, and the service providers are from outside of the community, the result can be an economic drain on the community.

For economic growth of a community, the inflow of money must be greater than the outflow. Economic Development is all about the export of goods, services, and experiences. LABi believes that export is the main way that Los Alamos can be vital in the long-run. The LABi paper provides an underlying foundation for the economic development of the Los Alamos community.

Posted on Oct 18, 2014

LABi Overview

An overview on how LABi can help.


Coming Soon

Posted on Feb 18, 2014