Catalyx and Ramona Tribe Start Work on 100% Off-Grid Renewable Energy Eco Tourism...

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Catalyx and Ramona Tribe Start Work on 100% Off-Grid Renewable Energy Eco
Tourism Resort

ANAHEIM, Calif. and RAMONA INDIAN RESERVATION, April 29 /PRNewswire/ --
Catalyx, Inc. has been contracted to be the technology provider and will team
with the Ramona Band of the Cahuilla Indian Tribe to develop the Tribe's
Eco-Tourism resort near Anza, Calif.  The first of its kind, the Ramona Band
of Cahuilla Mission Native Americans' resort is designed as a 100% off-grid
renewable energy project that will employ multiple alternative energy
technologies to meet 100% of its energy needs and recycle much of its own
waste byproducts, such as sewage, biogas, and restaurant food waste. 

The resort, funded jointly by the Ramona Band, the Department of Energy, the
US Department of Agriculture and multiple other Federal agencies, is being
built in the Anza Valley on the Ramona Indian Reservation in Riverside County,
near San Diego, Calif.  Upon completion it will offer a peaceful retreat to
the public and corporate clients, as well as an educational experience about
the Native American culture, habitat, natural remedies, and care of the
environment through the use of renewable energy and sustainable green
lifestyle practices. 

"We want to create a truly natural retreat which mirrors our ancestral
heritage of living in harmony with Mother Earth," said John Gomez, Cultural
Director for the Ramona Band. "When finished, this resort will not be a burden
on the environment. All energy will be renewable and all waste and wastewater
will be recycled. This resort will be a model for other tribes to generate
revenues for themselves in a more appealing manner that is true to their

The completed project is expected to produce 1 megawatt-Hr (1000 KW-hrs) per
day of renewable energy, with propane as a back up energy source until the
project is complete.  

Ramona Band Vice Chairman Manuel Hamilton likes to point out that "Small
tribes such as the Ramona Band face many obstacles when competing for federal
grant dollars, especially since larger tribes often get the lion's share of
available federal funding," 

He added, "Once we were able to secure funding from the numerous federal
agencies involved, the next major challenge was identifying and overseeing
multiple renewable energy technology vendors who could work together to cover
the many needs of the resort.  We believe that Catalyx's breadth of in-house
renewable energy technologies and strategic partnerships with other
alternative energy companies provide the complete green technology integration
mix to meet our needs."   

Ramona Chairman Joseph Hamilton is excited. "With Catalyx's expertise, we will
be able to prove our vision that an off-grid sustainable business community is
not only possible, but economical, practical and enjoyable," he said. 

For its part, Catalyx, Inc. will provide multiple renewable energy and water
treatment technologies from its own portfolio and will contract with third
parties for additional technologies to be used at the resort and throughout
the reservation.

"Since 2002, Catalyx, Inc. has been developing technologies focused on
reducing the cost of renewable energy and water treatment. This year, through
our various spinoffs, we are rolling out several of these new products," says
Juzer Jangbarwala, CEO. "The Ramona Band's Eco-Tourism Resort, with its hybrid
energy system and other environmentally friendly components, will demonstrate
the multiple facets of what is required to be truly 'green,' sustainable and,
once integrated properly, how affordable being 'green' really is."

Mr. Jangbarwala noted, "While this effort is being put forth for the Ramona
Band's Eco-Tourism Resort, our vision is to leverage the work we are doing
with the Ramona Band to deploy this concept for setting up sustainable
villages in developing countries worldwide. It would be far cheaper for
governments to have off-grid villages than to invest in infrastructure for
bringing environmentally harmful fossil fuels to the sites. We also hope to
convince school districts domestically and abroad to emulate our model and
install such model resorts worldwide. These 'green' model resorts can be used
as a fun retreat for school students, and at the same time, get the next
generation of decision makers acclimated with alternative energy and recycling

The Ramona Band resort is scheduled to have its first stage operational by
August of 2009, consisting of five of the 38 planned cabins.  Pending
successful completion of the first stage, The Ramona Band anticipates
receiving funding for the remainder of the project.  

Some of the "green" technologies and sustainable practices that are proposed
to be integrated into the Ramona Band's Eco-Tourism Resort include:

Water Treatment:  Catalyx will provide a solar powered water treatment plant
to supply potable water to the cabins. A solar powered submersible pump will
pump groundwater to the treatment system. 

Wastewater Treatment:  Catalyx is providing a windmill-powered wastewater
treatment plant. It will contract with Bio-Shaft Water Technology Inc. for a
unique wastewater treatment plant that doesn't produce any sludge and recycles
the water for irrigation.   This standalone plant can be installed anywhere
and bring much needed sanitation to rural areas economically. 

Solar Electric Generation and Storage: In the project's first phase, 13 KWp of
photovoltaic panels will provide power to the cabins. The photovoltaic panels
will have associated battery banks and inverters that use Catalyx' power
storage technologies, to provide 110V power, if needed.

Wind Energy: Catalyx will provide multiple 10-15 KW windmills suitable for
high wind areas. The windmills will generate electricity for immediate use and
charge battery banks.

Standby Bio Diesel Generator: There will be a 25KW backup diesel generator,
fueled with bio diesel produced on site by the Ramona Band.

Bio Diesel Plant: Energy crops grown on site will generate the oil feedstock
that Catalyx' proprietary technology will process into bio diesel on site. In
the initial stages before the energy crop matures, the tribe plans to collect
waste oil from fast food operations and restaurants in Anza and use it as oil
feedstock for the plant.  All other restaurant waste will also be recycled or
used as feedstock as appropriate.

Hydrogen Generation/Fuel Cells: Catalyx spinoff Energix Research, Inc., will
provide several integrated hydrogen generator/fuel cell devices.  Energix will
produce hydrogen from ethanol or methanol derived from the energy crop using
its patent-pending technology.   The hydrogen will power the fuel cell micro
power plants with 5KW capacity of continuous power at 52% efficiency (compared
to 21-24 % with standard diesel generators).

Thermal Solar: In the final phase, Catalyx will provide thermal solar powered
small-scale absorption chillers for air conditioning and refrigeration as well
as provide hot water for the cabins, pool and restaurant. The waste heat will
be utilized for comfort heating in the cabins, restaurant and meeting rooms. 

Electric Vehicles: For on-site transportation, Catalyx will provide 100%
plug-in electric ATVs that use low cost brushless DC motors with regenerative
brakes. Catalyx developed the technology in collaboration with ICPE, Romania.

LED Lighting: The resort will be designed using optimum lighting with LED
lamps, street, area and flood lamps that consume only a fraction of the
electricity of comparable energy-wise lamps.

About Catalyx, Inc.:
Catalyx, Inc. ( is a privately funded technology incubator
founded in 2002. For six years, it has been involved in the development of low
cost, sustainable technologies for distributed renewable energy generation,
green manufacturing processes and water treatment technologies. The developed
technologies are placed in spin off companies for commercialization. In 2009,
Catalyx will be releasing a stream of its developed technologies for

Catalyx has spun off the following companies successfully:

Energix Research, ( develops green manufacturing
processes via a patent pending electrically activated catalysis technique.

Catalyx Nanotech, manufactures nanomaterials from landfill
gas, using a patented process.

Catalyx Fluid Solutions, manufactures a capacitive desalting
device for water using carbon nanofibers.

Catalyx Engineering, is a high precision machine shop and
full service engineering company.

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SOURCE  Catalyx, Inc.; Ramona Tribe

Julie Shepherd of Accentuate PR, +1-815-479-1833,, for
Catalyx Inc.; or John A. Gomez, Jr., Program Director of Ramona Band of
Cahuilla Indians, +1-951-941-4943,
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