Our project started in 2008 with the open source Gasifier Experimenter’s Kit (GEK), supporting research, education and DIY hacking in biomass thermal conversion. Five years later the GEK has evolved into the Power Pallet, a full solution for personal scale biomass power generation. Today you can find over 500 of our systems in over 50 countries, and supporting research in over 50 universities.
Our motivating goal is to deploy at scale a new type of energy product: a personal scale waste-to-energy appliance. Imagine a “personal computer of energy” or a “washing machine of power”— a machine that intakes the “waste” biomass fuel already onsite, and converts it to multiple forms of power and products right where they are needed.
Currently the Power Pallet supports electricity generation and could be modified to meet heat and shaft power output needs. Soon we will add to this biochar, cooling/refrigeration, water purification, and in the much further future, liquid fuels.