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Join us for our first Char-B-Que

Fri June 21, 6:00 – 8:00 pm at UC Gill Tract Community Farm, 1050 San Pablo Avenue, Albany, CA 94706

For this month’s open house, APL is doing something a little different, joining with our partner, the Local Carbon Network, for a summer solstice celebration at one of the nodes in the Local Carbon Network–UC Gill Tract Community Farm.

Learn how you can sequester carbon in your backyard and be a part of the climate solution. We will be touring the farm and compost system, sharing the effects we’ve observed on soil and plant health after one year of applying co-composted biochar, giving tips on best composting practices, and firing up the char-b-que for dinner.

**We will be providing food and would also appreciate if folks can bring something to throw on the grill. **

The Local Carbon Network is a community-powered carbon sequestration network. They create products and connect people and institutions to make and use renewable energy in our critical and collective fight against climate change.

RSVP at Eventbright

Co-composting with Biochar for Agronomic & Climate Benefit

Friday, March 8th, 5-7pm
FREE!  But please RSVP here

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 Our monthly Open House events continue this Friday with a talk and demonstration of the agronomic and climate benefits of co-composting with biochar.  We’re convinced we’ve stumbled across a highly significant optimization for biochar usage and deployment with this co-composting scenario.  The solution is uniquely high performance in soil, easy to do, leverages the already existing infrastructure of compost operations globally (personal, commercial, and municipal), and achieves carbon impacts far beyond the raw biochar entered into the system.

Resident biochar expert, Austin Liu, will be giving a presentation on the influence of biochar on the composting process, and the influence of composting on biochar surface features.  Environmental and climate aspects such as mitigating the methane and N2O emissions of compost will be addressed, as well as the significant potential to achieve carbon drawdown multipliers through the co-composting process (i.e. further carbon drawdown beyond the raw carbon entered into the co-composting).

More practically, if you’ve had unpleasant experiences with composting (foul odors, slow decomposition, vermin, flies, angry neighbors, etc.) come see how that can be fixed.  We’ll be showing off our new in-house composting experiment, where you can see the effects of co-composting biochar vs composting without biochar in a side-by-side comparison.

 This co-composting process combines with APL CHP machinery to transform biomass residues into multiple types of value and climate impact.  Adding the co-composting scenario out the end significantly multiplies the carbon drawdown impact of the biochar generated.  The specific type of high temperature biochar produced in APL machinery uniquely enables the carbon multiplier pathways summarized in flow chart below.   Flow chart assumes the current 5% biochar yield rate of the APL electricity and heat focused equipment.  Higher yield rates are of course possible with other types of biochar focused equipment. 

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 As usual we’ll have the PP30 Cogen CS machines running onsite for your consideration.  Food and drink are free for all attendees. 

Facility tours start at 5pm.  Talk starts at 6pm.  1010 Murray Street, Berkeley, CA
Please RSVP here so we know who is coming.

For more information on the content for the talk, or for those who cannot make it, here are two documents to explore more of the technical details of co-composting with high temperature biochars.

1. “All Biochars are not created equal”.   Intro to the APL biochar scenario.

2. Austin’s presentation deck from last round of this talk.  Updates for this Friday still in process.

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  Hope to see you on Friday.

Jim

We won!

We’re honored to announce that All Power Labs is part of the winning team for the Water Abundance XPRIZE 2018. APL was the technical lead for the Skysource/Skywater Alliance team, and brought gasifier based power generation, plus a unique use of water vapor from biomass, to the larger problem of making atmospheric water generation machines truly usable in the world.

XPrize Water Abundance Winners on stage

The $1.5M award was announced at the XPRIZE Visioneering 2018 event in Los Angeles, October, 20, 2018, bringing to a conclusion a 2 year long competition involving 98 contending teams from 27 countries. The prize was launched in 2016 at the United Nations in New Delhi, with sponsorship by the Tata Group and Australian Aid. Both groups are continuing their involvement to ensure this innovation gets to market and doesn’t just stop with a flurry of press releases!

The competition has aimed to alleviate global water scarcity by accelerating technologies that harvest fresh water directly from air, with 10x improved economics and usability vs current atmospheric water harvesting tech. The Skysouce/Skywater/APL team won by delivering a novel biomass gasification based high-volume water generator that can be used in any climate, meeting the competition parameters of extracting a minimum of 2,000 liters of water per day from the atmosphere using 100 percent renewable energy, at a cost of no more than 2 cents per liter.

The novelty of the Skysouce/Skywater/APL solution is the integration between the standard APL PP30 Cogen-CS power generation system, and the standard Skywater vapor compression cycle atmospheric water generation (AWG) machine. More specifically, we developed a biomass drying system placed between the two products, so that water vapor from the drying process can augment the humidity intake to the AWG machine. This enabled us to create an artificial high temp / high humidity environment for the AWG machine, meeting or exceeding the usual tropical conditions required for good AWG water yields. We did this while operating in the cold low water holding air of Berkeley, CA.

In practice, a standard AWG machine won’t really work in Berkeley late Fall air conditions. But we used “Berkeley air”, augmented with biomass, to exceed the high metrics of the competition and win against competitors working in the tropics!

All of us in the biomass powergen industry consider water in biomass a problem to get rid of. Though this contest, we discovered that it can, in fact, be a tremendous resource for co-production of potable water, while simultaneously delivering the usual electricity and sequestration of carbon through biochar. We realized that biomass is a major untapped water resource with global availability. It should be added to the list of water resources typically assumed: rivers, lakes, rain, wells, ocean, and air.

For a video summary of the competition, and some shots around APL while we were testing, see here for the XPRIZE produced video of the process.

Product Prototype: WEDEW Watertainer

Water container at Verge conference

Looking towards productization, we designed the components for the XPRIZE test rig to fit inside a standard 20′ shipping container. This container-based integration, with side wall openings for access, is the form factor we plan for ultimately bringing this Power, Water and Carbon Sequestration solution to market. The first containerized product prototype is shown above and below while being demonstrated as part of the microgrid at the Verge conference in Oakland in late October.

The WEDEW Watertainer uses the standard PP30 Cogen unit, with full utilization of its CHP features to enable the controlled drying process. All of our work on the XPRIZE project was enabled by the new CHP features of the Power Pallet: in this case applied to a highly controlled drying process for specific temp and humidity flow delivery to the AWG machine.

Development of this new product will continue over the coming Winter and Spring. We expect to start pilot projects in the later half of 2019. If you are interested in being an early customer, funder, or enabler of the first wave, please write us at: “sales@allpowerlabs.com”

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Open House: Friday, Nov 9th, 5-7pm

We will demonstrate the WEDEW Watertainer system at our next Open House, Friday, Nov 9th. We will not have the full container available (as it is currently in SoCal) but will have a second assembly with all major components operating outside at APL Berkeley.

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We invite you to join us and see more of the details of what we did to win this global technology contest.

The event is free. The food and drink are free. Please RSVP to our event page here to be part of the event and see part of our collective climate solution!

I hope to see you next week at APL

Jim Mason
All Power Labs
Founder, CEO

Local Carbon Network: Terni, Umbria- Italy launch

Kickstarter Crowdfund in process.  Join us for a 10 day learning holiday on a rural Italian farm,
with Power Pallet, biochar, and composting (and all the other Italian provincial pleasures).
 

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This is the Valle Santa / Reiti Valley, where the APL New Farms Labs is located.  We’ve been running machinery at this site for about four years now, and using it as the headquarters for APL efforts in Italy and the EU.  With our transition to the Local Carbon Network model of deployment, we’re now recasting this site as our second major full circle “waste-to-valve, sky-to-soil” operating hub.

Those following our Local Carbon Network project will know that we’ve started to get some wonderful results at Gill Tract Urban Farm in the Berkeley Local Carbon project.  Gill Tract has switched their onsite composting efforts to now co-compost with the LCN biochar, and the results have been a step change in plant vegetable growth and vitality.  This co-composting with high temp biochar (biochar mixed in during compost making, not added post making) significantly increases nitrogen fixing, reduces N2O emissions, and introduces several multiplier effects which build soil carbon beyond the raw biochar carbon introduced.  The impacts on plants and GHG gas management are consequential.  Pictures and info can be found on the Local Carbon Network’s Facebook Page.


Now we’re bringing this biochar co-composting process to our farm in Italy, and the rest of the full circle LCN engagements to the surrounding area.  We have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund this first EU Local Carbon Network, and hope you will help make this community based climate management demonstration possible.  Many levels of sponsorship are available: from purchasing or donating single bags of biochar, to a 10 day learning holiday for the whole family at our farm in Valle Santa.  

Local Details:  The Valle Santa / Sacred Valley name comes from saint Francis of Assisi, who visited repeatedly: the first time probably in 1209, then a long stay in 1223 and then another from the autumn of 1225 to April 1226.  While in the valley, Francis represented for the first time the nativity scene, wrote the final version of the Franciscan Rule and probably also the Canticle of the Sun, but most importantly he founded the four shrines that are located at the four borders of the plain: Sanctuary of Greccio, La Foresta, Poggio Bustone and Fonte Colombo.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rieti_Valley.

The Sanctuary of Greccio is very close to our farm, and available on your morning walk if you choose to join us for this learning holiday.  You will have a whole country farmhouse for yourself, a private guide/driver, day trips, all meals and lessons covered. The rest of the days will be spent learning the Power Pallet operations and related co-composting with the biochar output and planting.  Or doing relatively nothing on the porch overlooking the valley.   To receive pictures of the location or discuss the details of a potential itinerary please contact silvia@localcarbon.net

There are also inexpensive memberships or learning events to support the local carbon community project without committing to a full holiday. The campaign only lasts for one more week! Please take a look and help us prove local carbon sequestration methods driven at the community level. We did it for Local Food and organic agriculture–we can do it now for local carbon management through green waste management to local soil regeneration. Click here to help us make it happen! http://bit.ly/LCNKickstarter

The Local Carbon Network Big Idea. And the Terni area specific project.

All Power Labs is now deploying our machinery through Community Based Carbon Sequestration projects to maximize climate impact, full circle resource use, and benefits to the local community.  These projects are a collaboration of People, Plants and Machines, and return a variety of social and environmental benefits to the local communities where they operate.
The Local Carbon Network uses locally sourced green waste byproducts to make clean electricity and heat, then donates the byproduct biochar to local community gardens and agriculture.   These combined actvities move carbon from “sky-to-soil” for a strong Climate Impact, improve soils for accelerated plant growth, and return commercial benefits to local participants during the process.  Think local food economy and farmers’ market; but now transacting local carbon from sky-to-soil-to-value, via the hands of local citizens and organizations.

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For our Terni project we’ve signed up local farmstay facilities, a health food store, a fair trade store, meeting spots to hold educational events, technical partners, and community gardens – all within a 20km radius of downtown Terni.  This will be the demo project and proving ground for all future Local Carbon Networks in Europe.

Funding will be used to bring over new equipment and donate at least one thousand bags of Biochar for use within the community, having a carbon impact of 20 – 40 tons of CO2e – that is the equivalent impact of 1000 – 2000 trees over a year (average is 21.77kg CO2 sequestration per year per tree)

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And . . . we’ve already started.  In the picture below we’re doing an instructional presentation at Orti in Città Terni community garden in Terni, Italy.  They will be receiving their first load of biochar shortly.

      

Our current project partners are below.  We invite others who want to join us around Terni, as well as others who want to start Local Carbon Hubs in other Italian or EU regions.

The Local Carbon Network project is building a replicable, scalable, financially viable model for climate change mitigation.  If you are curious about the specifics of the process or the climate benefits, here is our FAQ.  If you are interested in starting a Local Carbon Network in your community, write to silvia@localcarbon.net or austin@localcarbon.net.


Reminder: Open House this week: Friday, Nov 9th, 5-7pm

We will demonstrate our X-PRIZE winning WEDEW watertainer system at our Open House this Friday Nov 9th.  We will not have the full container available (as it is currently in Los Angeles) but will have an second assembly with all major components operating outside at APL Berkeley. 

If you missed our annoucement about this novel biomass based atmospheric water generation solution, and our recent win of the Water Abundance X-PRIZE as a result, see here for the details.   Join us at the Open House to take a look personally at what we did to win this global technology contest.  

The event is free.  The food and drink are free.  Please RSVP to our event page here to be part of the event and see part of our collective climate solution!

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APL monthly Open House continues this Friday

We’ve restarted our monthly Open House events at All Power Labs.  Now that we’ve launched the new PP30 Cogen-CS, and the Local Carbon Network is up and running, we have new reasons to gather the interested at our facility in Berkeley CA.  This month we’re having the event this Friday, Sept 14th, from 5-7pm

The Open House events are free.  The food and drink are free.  All you have to do is RSVP here.  And bring your friends.

PP30 Cogen-CS Demonstration
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The Open House is an opportunity to see APL machines in operation and discuss your potential projects to use them.  We always have a PP30 Cogen-CS CHP installation up and running for the show, as well as other varying machinery throughout the year.  The “varying machinery” for this event will be a very interesting zeolite based adsorption chilling system made by Fahrenheit in Germany, which we’re powering with the hot water output of the PP30.  The new high effiency CHP solution on the PP30 makes this heat based chilling system newly interesting as an extension to the Power Pallet core electricity and heat service.APL staff will be onsite to answer questions throughout the event, as well as available for longer discussions pre and post event.  For those who have been debating a visit to have a larger strategic partnership discussion, the Open House is a good excuse to finally do it.  We do encourage longer stays around Open House days so we can schedule one-on-one extended meetings to discuss more involved projects or partnerships.  Please write us separately at sales@allpowerlabs.com if you want to arrange a dedicated discussion.

Local Carbon Farmers’ Market
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 We’re expanding the monthly Open House event also host Local Carbon Network (LCN) activities.  Over time we plan to grow this into a monthly meet up we’re calling the “Local Carbon Farmer’s Market”.  This will be a gathering where you can pick up your Local Carbon Biochar, learn how to use it, and explore the related soils and climate management opportunities with other enthusiasts.  Each month we’ll have talks, workshops and other info sharing will help you to make a direct impact on carbon drawdown with your own hands and soil.
To date most LCN biochar has been going to local community gardens and schools.  If you are a participant in such, we do encourage you to join us and help grow the circle of locals actively sequestering carbon in soil.  And invite others you know from these networks. This month, Jim Mason (APL Founder and CEO) will give an updated talk on modeling climate impact of Local Carbon Network activities.  Over several years APL has developed a progressively elaborate model which relates biomass gasification and biochar machinery on the ground, to GHG impact in the sky.  This has recently expanded to encompass the directed planting and water work that is part of the LCN.  Now we’d like to present the model publicly for your consideration, opportunity to poke holes in, and input on improving it.  The talk is titled:

Biomass Gasification + Biochar = Carbon Negative Energy, Food and Water
 

OR
 

How to reduce atmospheric CO2e levels 10-40ppm over 1 century

through a collaboration of People, Plants and Machines.
 

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For an abundance of clarity, the Local Carbon Farmers’ Market activities and PP30 Cogen-CS machinery demonstrations will happen at the same Open House.  This is one event, with two related but different tracks of activities.  In the future we may need to divide them into 2 separate events, but for now, it is under one tent.

We hope you can join us.
 

Jim Mason and APL staff


PS:  For those who missed the earlier announcements about the Local Carbon Network project, a more detailed description is reproduced below, 



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Local Carbon Network

Community Supported Carbon Sequestration.
Moving carbon from “sky-to-soil” to reverse climate change

The “Local Carbon Network” is a new participatory project we’re launching at All Power Labs to put a meaningful dent in the climate problem. The project uses the carbon negative energy and agricultural machines we’ve been developing for the last decade, combined with hands in soil at local gardens and farms, to move carbon from “sky-to-soil” for Community Based Carbon Sequestration.

The project is an unusual collaboration between plants, people and machines. The plants are green-waste, which recently captured atmospheric carbon via photosynthesis, but are now a disposal problem. The machines take this “waste” and make energy and carbon biochar for soil out of it. And the people put it in the ground for improved plant growth, water conservation, and long term sequestration of carbon. Taken together, good things happen locally across Energy, Food and Water systems– which makes good things happen globally for climate by “refossilizing” sky carbon back underground.

We’re running this Community Supported Carbon Sequestration on the model of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes you get weekly or monthly via membership. Now, the membership is for ongoing local carbon drawdown, with a physical product delivered that does magical things for your garden, house plants, farm, or vineyard.

The goal is to create a replicable model based on the common understandings and methods of Local Food and Farmers’ Market networks. We’re creating the first “proof of concept” and template for it here in the East Bay of California. We then expect the model to spread with low friction as a layover to Local Food and Local Market economies elsewhere in the US and globally.

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Success in this initial East Bay capital campaign fund and deployment will justify follow-on campaigns and deployments dedicated to other Local Carbon Clusters.   APL intends to followup on the East Bay campaign with additional Local Carbon Clusters in California, Italy, Liberia and India.  These areas will be next as projects can build on business and service logistics already established by All Power Labs in these markets, and demonstration projects already operated to success.  We also invite you to consider a Local Carbon Cluster in your area, and talk with us about how to make it happen.

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The goal is to fuel progressive steps towards, and long-term stewardship of, gigawatts of carbon-negative power and product deployments; with the ultimate objective of enabling a 10-40ppm drawdown in global CO2 concentration over the next century.  A 10-40ppm drawdown is approximately 10-20% of the carbon reduction that will be needed to maintain global temperature increase below 2˚C, the commonly-accepted point that will stave off catastrophic climate change.  
“Global Carbon Management through Green-waste Management” is one our most powerful tools to do something consequential about climate change with today’s technology and at-market products.  Moreover, it is a solution that can be run profitably–delivering real economic value across Energy, Food and Water systems–and therefore has a built in engine to scale.   

APL will not do this as a single company, but as a general industry enabled and pursuing the what is ultimately a market driven solution for energy and agricultural needs, we just might be able to make it happen.  Model details on the climate and financial modeling behind this scenario are in the original launch campaign on Indiegogo:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/local-carbon-network-community/x/18354621#/  

Yes, we have solutions to “refossilize” consequential amounts of carbon out of the sky and into the ground.  Plants + People + Machines can work together and drawdown carbon for both local value and global climate benefit.

We hope you will join us in setting this very accessible trim tab against the unrelenting fossil CO2 flow.

APL Monthly Open House

We’re restarting our monthly Open House events at All Power Labs.  Now that we have the new PP30 Cogen-CS launched, and Local Carbon Network up and running, we have new reasons to gather the interested at our facility in Berkeley CA.  This month we’re having the event this week Friday, August 17th, from 7-9pm.  Future events will continue on the 2nd Friday of each month.  (yes, this one is on the third Friday).

The events are free.  The food and drink are free.  The carbon negative electricity to charge your EV is free.  The information is free.  All you have to do is RSVP here.  And bring your friends.

PP30 Cogen-CS Demonstration
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The Open House is an opportunity to see APL machines in operation and discuss your potential projects to use them.  We always have a PP30 Cogen-CS CHP installation up and running for the show, as well as other varying machinery throughout the year.  The “varying machinery” for this event will be a very interesting zeolite based adsorption chilling system made by Fahrenheit in Germany, which we’re powering with the hot water output of the PP30.  Also onsite will be an atmospheric water generation machine machine by SkyWater that we’re integrating with the PP30 for a Water Abundance X-Prize entry (more on this in future news).  APL staff will be onsite to answer questions throughout the event, as well as available for longer discussions pre and post event.  For those who have been debating a visit to have a larger strategic partnership discussion, the Open House is a good excuse to finally do it.  We do encourage longer stays around Open House days so we can schedule one-on-one extended meetings to discuss more involved projects or partnerships.  Please write us separately at sales@allpowerlabs.com if you want to arrange a dedicated discussion.

Local Carbon Farmers’ Market
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 Starting this Open House we’re expanding the event also host Local Carbon Network (LCN) activities.  Over time we plan to grow this into a monthly meet up we’re calling the “Local Carbon Farmer’s Market”.  This will be a gathering where you can pick up your Local Carbon Biochar, learn how to use it, and explore the related soils and climate management opportunities with other enthusiasts.  Each month we’ll have talks, workshops and other info sharing will help you to make a direct impact on carbon drawdown with your own hands and soil.
To date most LCN biochar has been going to local community gardens and schools.  If you are a participant in such, we do encourage you to join us and help grow the circle of locals actively sequestering carbon in soil.  And invite others you know from these networks. This month, Jim Mason (APL Founder and CEO) will be giving a talk on modeling the climate impact of Local Carbon Network activities.  Over several years APL has developed a progressively elaborate model which relates biomass gasification and biochar machinery on the ground, to GHG impact in the sky.  This has recently expanded to encompass the directed planting and water work that is part of the LCN.  Now we’d like to present the model publicly for your consideration, opportunity to poke holes in, and input on improving it.  The talk is titled:

Biomass Gasification + Biochar = Carbon Negative Energy, Food and Water
 

OR
 

How to reduce atmospheric CO2e levels 10-40ppm over 1 century

through a collaboration of People, Plants and Machines.
 

Screen Shot 2018-08-13 at 1.11.16 PM

For an abundance of clarity, the Local Carbon Farmers’ Market activities and PP30 Cogen-CS machinery demonstrations will happen at the same Open House.  This is one event, with two related but different tracks of activities.  In the future we may need to divide them into 2 separate events, but for now, it is one tent.

We hope you can join us.
 

Jim Mason and APL staff


PS:  For those who missed the earlier announcements about the Local Carbon Network project, a more detailed description is reproduced below, 



———————————————————————————————————————————————————–


Local Carbon Network

Community Supported Carbon Sequestration.
Moving carbon from “sky-to-soil” to reverse climate change

The “Local Carbon Network” is a new participatory project we’re launching at All Power Labs to put a meaningful dent in the climate problem. The project uses the carbon negative energy and agricultural machines we’ve been developing for the last decade, combined with hands in soil at local gardens and farms, to move carbon from “sky-to-soil” for Community Based Carbon Sequestration.

The project is an unusual collaboration between plants, people and machines. The plants are green-waste, which recently captured atmospheric carbon via photosynthesis, but are now a disposal problem. The machines take this “waste” and make energy and carbon biochar for soil out of it. And the people put it in the ground for improved plant growth, water conservation, and long term sequestration of carbon. Taken together, good things happen locally across Energy, Food and Water systems– which makes good things happen globally for climate by “refossilizing” sky carbon back underground.

We’re running this Community Supported Carbon Sequestration on the model of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes you get weekly or monthly via membership. Now, the membership is for ongoing local carbon drawdown, with a physical product delivered that does magical things for your garden, house plants, farm, or vineyard.

The goal is to create a replicable model based on the common understandings and methods of Local Food and Farmers’ Market networks. We’re creating the first “proof of concept” and template for it here in the East Bay of California. We then expect the model to spread with low friction as a layover to Local Food and Local Market economies elsewhere in the US and globally.

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Success in this initial East Bay capital campaign fund and deployment will justify follow-on campaigns and deployments dedicated to other Local Carbon Clusters.   APL intends to followup on the East Bay campaign with additional Local Carbon Clusters in California, Italy, Liberia and India.  These areas will be next as projects can build on business and service logistics already established by All Power Labs in these markets, and demonstration projects already operated to success.  We also invite you to consider a Local Carbon Cluster in your area, and talk with us about how to make it happen.

growth

The goal is to fuel progressive steps towards, and long-term stewardship of, gigawatts of carbon-negative power and product deployments; with the ultimate objective of enabling a 10-40ppm drawdown in global CO2 concentration over the next century.  A 10-40ppm drawdown is approximately 10-20% of the carbon reduction that will be needed to maintain global temperature increase below 2˚C, the commonly-accepted point that will stave off catastrophic climate change.  
“Global Carbon Management through Green-waste Management” is one our most powerful tools to do something consequential about climate change with today’s technology and at-market products.  Moreover, it is a solution that can be run profitably–delivering real economic value across Energy, Food and Water systems–and therefore has a built in engine to scale.   

APL will not do this as a single company, but as a general industry enabled and pursuing the what is ultimately a market driven solution for energy and agricultural needs, we just might be able to make it happen.  Model details on the climate and financial modeling behind this scenario are in the original launch campaign on Indiegogo:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/local-carbon-network-community/x/18354621#/  

Yes, we have solutions to “refossilize” consequential amounts of carbon out of the sky and into the ground.  Plants + People + Machines can work together and drawdown carbon for both local value and global climate benefit.

We hope you will join us in setting this very accessible trim tab against the unrelenting fossil CO2 flow.

PP30 Launch event at APL this Friday!

June 29th, 5-7PM, Berkeley California


We look forward to seeing many of you at our new product Launch Party later this week.  We have 60 people RSVPed so far, which is approaching the attendenance levels for our full workshop weekends of years ago– which is great.  We also have some surprisingly dedicated international travellers coming for the event.  We’re of course very happy to see this much interest in our new product.  We have space for ~100 people, so if you want to be there, please do RSVP to the event page soon.

The event will be a formal presentation by APL Founder/CEO Jim Mason on the new concepts and features of the PP30 Cogen-CS, as well as run demonstrations with several machines on site.  We will have walk around demonstration stations for the PP30 Cogen-CS, previous PP20 for comparison, Local Carbon Network biochar information/char, and–maybe most importantly–a walk in “beer cave” shipping container, cooled with our new absorption chiller.  A CHP hot tub post party is also rumored.


 

Technical Specifications

Many of you have requested a full technical specification sheet for the new machine.  We’re happy to provide one, as we’re rather happy with the details of what we’ve been able to accomplish through this major generation change of the Power Pallet.

Below is copied the full technical spec sheet, divided into typical topic blocks, and with all the details that the obsessives want to know.  We have crafted the spec sheet as a comparison between the PP20 and PP30 to help highlight the changes, and where possible clarify how we achieved the numbers.  Close inspection will be rewarded.   You can also find the same spec sheet as a downloadable file here.



Old PP20 vs New PP30 Cogen-CS
Technical Specifications & Comparisons

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Points of particular interest:

  • Higher power output through larger displacement and higher compression Ashok Leyland / Hino engine, with high efficiency Marathon genhead.
     
  • Major efficiency increase in biomass-to-power from 1.2kg/kWh to 1.0kg/kWh– a 20% reduction in biomass consumption.  We actually see it a bit below 1:1, but for now we’re happy to represent a scale scale gasifier engine system that can operate at the 1:1 threshold.   This is unheard of for small scale machines previously in the industry.
     
  • High efficiency three stage CHP system utilizing engine cooling water, engine exhaust and gasifier waste heat.  Each 1 kW electricity produces 2 kWt heat.  This 1:2 ratio similarly exceeds the prior art in biomass gasifier based CHP systems.
     
  • Major emissions improvements with an upgraded catalytic system and engine tuning.  We are now able to meet California regulatory standards–even the Bay Area Air Quality Management District ones–for both for criteria pollutants and air toxics.  These California standards are much more aggressive than we’ve previously encountered in Europe.  Both the Berkeley engineering group and the APL Italia Modena engineering group have put a great deal of test work into characterizing our emissions across load, timing and mixture ranges; and then using these sweeps to find system configurations which optimize for the minimum intersections.  The result is exceedingly low numbers and ability to meet even CA standards–which at times seem like you have to make stationary engine emissions approach indoor air quality levels.  Well, not quite, but the thresholds are brutal.  See numbers below.
  • Operations and maintenance refinements across all systems; with particular emphasis on a new engine with in-frame rebuild kit capability, and a temperature controlled filter/cooler system that prevents final condensate, and allows for real time soot cleaning of heat exchanger while running.
     
  • And with that quick cheat sheet, here finally is the full comparative spec sheet for your consideration . . . 

     
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The New PP30 Cogen-CS

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Combined Heat and Power with built-in Carbon Sequestration (CHP-CS)


All Power Labs invites you to join us for a special Launch Party on Friday, June 29th in Berkeley, CA where we will debut the new Gen 2 Power Pallet.  The event will be a formal presentation by APL Founder/CEO Jim Mason on the new concepts and features of the PP30 Cogen-CS, as well as run demonstrations with several machines on site.
 
As many of you have noticed, APL has been rather quiet for the last two years in terms of new announcements and deployments.  The pause has been enabled by significant grant funding from the California Energy Commission and US National Science Foundation, which has enabled us to do a full redesign and generation change of the Power Pallet.  

After nearly a decade of on-the-ground work around the world–starting with the GEK DIY kits and continuing through the grid tie Power Cube–we’ve been blessed to have a funded pause where we could redevelop our core product from scratch, in relation to the totality of our learning to date.  The result is the new PP30 Cogen-CS.  We believe it represents a major step change beyond anything offered in the industry to date.  We’re excited to show you all that we’ve been able to achieve.

During the Launch Event we’ll demonstrate a variety of new capabilities on the PP30 Cogen-CS including; higher power output, high efficiency CHP utilizing both engine and gasifier waste heat, optimized biochar output, quiet run enclosure, and operations and maintenance refinements across all systems.  We plan to put the CHP heat output to good use making a hot tub human habitable, as well as driving an absorption chiller we’re currently testing for refrigeration and air conditioning uses.  The absorption chiller is not quite yet a regular sales offering, but it is something we plan to offer as an add-on in the very near future.

As usual, the point of APL events is for you to put your hands on the details of the machines, meet the people that develop them, and discuss how we might collaborate on projects in your region.  We invite you to join us for this and more.  The event is free, but those interesting in attending need to register here

PP30 Cogen-CS:  New FeaturesIn the coming weeks we’ll explore the new concepts, features and functions of the PP30 Cogen-CS in detail through a series of APL News posts.  Today let’s get started with a high level summary of the main points of interest.  

Higher Power output: ~25kWThe Gen 2 Power Pallet uses a new 4.0L 4cyl engine at 12:1 compression ratio, in combination with a new high efficiency genhead to produce a continuous 25kW at 60hz, and 23kW at 50hz.  The system will support temporary loads above this, but for continuous rating we are confident at 25/23kW for 60/50hz markets.  The limitation in the 60hz market is now the gasmaking system capacity, not the engine, thus the 50hz rating is not derated by raw rpm/hz%.

After a large survey of value optimized engines of the world, we have exited the previous GM, and selected the Ashok Leyland H4 from India– an engine based on and further developed from the Hino/Toyota W04.  This engine was the workhorse HIno medium duty diesel truck engine in the 80s and 90s.  More recently, it is the engine that powers 100s of thousands of CNG buses in India, and equally proven over extensive powergen deployments globally.  The engine is a heavy duty industrial power plant, with a long list of features that result in quiet operation, high efficiency, extreme longevity, and ease of rebuild via removable cylinder liners and in frame rebuild kits.  Also, most importantly, the factory delivers it painted fire engine red, so it goes extra fast!

Ashok Leyland is a major new strategic partner for APL and the Gen 2 Power Pallet.  We’re highly excited by the new capacities they’re bringing to the APL effort, both in engine supply, as well as more broad manufacturing services for the genset part of the Power Pallet.

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Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Standard

The best and highest use case for our machines has always pointed toward CHP.  The problem has been adding the extra CHP related components without destroying the price point for the total machine.  After a long cycle of value engineering, we’ve figured out how to offer multistage CHP–utilizing gasifier waste heat, engine cooling water, and engine exhaust–without the typical 2x or 3x price multiple on the raw genset.  We’ve been able to reduce the cost far enough that we’ve decided to just make the CHP native to the machine.  Cogen standard highlights the unique value a biomass based genset can offer beyond an electricity only renewable; extending renewables to solve typical heating needs without the typical fossil based solutions.

The base CHP system is 2 stage (gasifier Hx and engine cooling water).  The engine exhaust gas Hx is an optional add-on that completes the full 3 stage system. 

If using all 3 CHP stages, each 1kW electricity generated will produce 2kW of thermal output.  Total system efficiency with the 3 stage system is ~70% calculated from raw biomass, or ~80% if calculated from input syngas.  

Built-in Carbon Sequestration (CS)

Our climate trajectory requires carbon drawdown, not just carbon emission reduction.  Gasification + Biochar is one of the very few pathways for carbon drawdown that is currently accessible and ready to engage with current technology and products.  And it’s already built-in with a biomass gasifier engine system–no extra carbon capture and sequestration machinery required!

The new PP30 Cogen-CS enables deployments of this solution with a dedicated biochar collection system, larger collection bins on both reactor and cyclone, and temperature controlled collection environments that prevent PAH condensation on the char.  Default biochar mass yield rate is 5% of biomass in.

Genset Enclosure Standard

The gen 2 Power Pallet comes standard with a new half enclosure solution: the genset side is enclosed, but the gas making side is left exposed for ease of access.  Previously we found the full enclosure of the Power Cube to be a liability for operation and maintenance, and have decided on this half and half solution as a better optimization of protection vs access.  The resulting enclosure is smaller and thus less expensive to make, so we’ve decided to also make it standard with the product.  Now, all Power Pallets are quiet running, and genset enclosed.  No more exposed engines on open skid!

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Grid-tie and Paralleling Standard

Most users have tended towards ordering the Power Pallet with grid tie and paralleling capability, so we’ve decided to make it standard on the new generation machine.  Now all machines arrive ready to sync to typical global grid configurations, as well as enable multiple Power Pallets to parallel together.  The machines can still run off-grid with the same Deep Sea multifunction genset controller / synchronizer that is used for grid-tie, but now with the added benefit of full power meters and configurable run parameters and safety settings.

Operations and Maintenance Refinements

The rub for high uptime gasifier projects is always the real O&M rate.  If there has been a core design challenge and development priority for the new Gen machine, it has been to transform the reality of O&M rates typically experienced in a biomass gasifier-engine system.  Driving this O&M rate down has been our main engineering, test and documentation focus for the last two years at APL.  In the process, a long list of items have been reconceived or refined across all Power Pallet systems: gasifier, filtration, heat exchangers, genset, and automation.  The details are many and will be the main focus of coming APL News posts.

Low Price Point Maintained

The price point for the new full featured PP30 Cogen-CS system is approximately $2/watt.  The base machine includes the new enclosure, grid tie, and CHP as standard, with emissions catalyst and continuous feed system as add-on options.  This base machine is more expensive than the previous base PP 20 Power Pallet, but about the same as the full featured version of the PP20 with all the add-ons.  It is also a bit less expensive than the previous Power Cube (which it replaces), though with much more delivered.

We have decided to standardize on this more full featured configuration, as this is how most people have wanted the machine.  We realize this will be less attractive for some simple off-grid uses, where a less featured machine is desired.  We plan to offer these lower feature machines in the near future, but are starting with the full featured configuration as standard as this is how the majority of customers want it.  If your use case argues for the less featured form of the machine, do write us and we’ll keep you informed about the timeline for these later releases.

What’s next?

More info, pictures and technical specs will continue in weekly APL News posts for the next month.  If you can’t wait and want a full spec sheet now, or more specific pricing and availability info, please write sales@allpowerlabs.com.  Yes, we are already taking orders for and delivering the new machine as of June, 2018.

We hope you will join us for the launch party in 2 weeks on June 29th.  The event is free.  The food and drink are free.  The hot tub and music are free.  But remember you do need to RSVP.  You can do so at the link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-power-pallet-pp30-product-release-open-house-at-all-power-labs-tickets-46885255060

Hope you see you soon,

Jim Mason
Founder/CEO
All Power Labs

Discount Specials for Last Day of Campaign

For the last 12 hours of the Local Carbon Network crowdfund campaign, we’re offering a limited set of highly discounted biochar bags; in both single kg servings, as well as 3 month membership delivery form.  The 1kg bags for the next 25 sponsors are reduced from $25 to $15.  And the 3 month membership deliveries are reduced from $75 to $45, with only 10 slots available.

More info on these specials is in the Indiegogo campaign here:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/local-carbon-network-community/x/18354621#/

The total campaign is currently at $41,000, with some larger sponsorships in process today as we approach the finish line.  It is unlikely we’re going to meet our full $150,000 goal on this cycle, but with your help, we think we can reach at least $50,000 before midnght tonight.  This will be adequate to set the foundations of the project in motion, with further fundraising to continue.

Our real desire–and what we are succeeding with through this campaign launch–is the ability to run the experiment of a new model for Local Carbon Crawdown, based on the already established community scale solutions for Local Food economies.  We think there is leverage to be found in replicating Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model of regular food box deliveries, through now as Community Supported Carbon Sequestration (CS^2), for personal scale direct action on climate and soil.  We also see using the local Farmers Markets as a network hub for moving biochar from producer to consumer, on the same infrastructure as currently being used for Local Food distribution.

Laying a carbon product and exchange over the top of these already existing activities and infrastructure seems a natural fit and a major point of leverage to get Local Carbon waste back into local soil.  We think you shoud be able to get a bag of sky carbon included with your CSA veggie box delivery, and affirm your Local food, soil and carbon cycle together.  Right now we can only offer biochar on its own, but integrating it with already existing mixed CSA boxes is where we want to take this.  We want to make carbon drawdown and soil regeneration a regular and accessible activity, not unlike your regular sourcing of food.  That is how we will scale this to climate relevant size.

We hope the discounts will encourage more people to try out this “carbon drawdown as a service” membership program; whether to yourself or to a sponsored organization.  We need interested people to the run the test cycles to learn the potential and problems of this new model, which requires getting you into the membership program.

I hope you will consider joining us in this final push, so you can enjoy the soil bounty that will come later:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/local-carbon-network-community/x/18354621#/



Jim Mason
All Power Labs
Founder, CEO

PS:  For those who missed the earlier APL News posts about the Local Carbon Network Project, a more detailed description of the project is reproduced below, 

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Local Carbon Network

Community Supported Carbon Sequestration. Moving carbon from “sky-to-soil” to reverse climate change

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https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/local-carbon-network-community/x/18354621#/
The “Local Carbon Network” is a new participatory project we’re launching at All Power Labs to put a meaningful dent in the climate problem. The project uses the carbon negative energy and agricultural machines we’ve been developing for the last decade, combined with hands in soil at local gardens and farms, to move carbon from “sky-to-soil” for Community Based Carbon Sequestration.

The project is an unusual collaboration between plants, people and machines. The plants are green-waste, which recently captured atmospheric carbon via photosynthesis, but are now a disposal problem. The machines take this “waste” and make energy and carbon biochar for soil out of it. And the people put it in the ground for improved plant growth, water conservation, and long term sequestration of carbon. Taken together, good things happen locally across Energy, Food and Water systems– which makes good things happen globally for climate by “refossilizing” sky carbon back into the underground.

We’re running this Community Supported Carbon Sequestration on the model of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes you get weekly or monthly via membership. Now, the membership is for ongoing local carbon drawdown, with a physical product delivered that does magical things for your garden, house plants, farm, or vineyard.

The goal is to create a replicable model based on the common understandings and methods of Local Food and Farmers’ Market networks. We’re creating the first “proof of concept” and template for it here in the East Bay of California. We then expect the model to spread with low friction as a layover to Local Food and Local Market economies elsewhere in the US and globally.

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Success in this initial East Bay capital campaign fund and deployment will justify follow-on campaigns and deployments dedicated to other Local Carbon Clusters.   APL intends to followup on the East Bay campaign with additional Local Carbon Clusters in California, Italy, Liberia and India.  These areas will be next as projects can build on business and service logistics already established by All Power Labs in these markets, and demonstration projects already operated to success.

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The goal is to fuel progressive steps towards, and long-term stewardship of, gigawatts of carbon-negative power and product deployments; with the ultimate objective of enabling a 10-40ppm drawdown in global CO2 concentration over the next century.  A 10-40ppm drawdown is approximately 10-20% of the carbon reduction that will be needed to maintain global temperature increase below 2˚C, the commonly-accepted point that will stave off catastrophic climate change.  

“Global Carbon Management through Green-waste Management” is one our most powerful tools to do something consequential about climate change with today’s technology and at-market products.  Moreover, it is a solution that can be run profitably–delivering real economic value across Energy, Food and Water systems–and therefore has a built in engine to scale.   

APL will not do this as a single company, but as a general industry enabled and pursuing the what is ultimately a market driven solution for energy and agricultural needs, we just might be able to make it happen.  Model details on the climate and financial modeling behind this scenario is in the campaign:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/local-carbon-network-community/x/18354621#/  
 

Yes, we have solutions to “refossilize” consequential amounts of carbon out of the sky and into the ground.  Plants + People + Machines can work together and drawdown carbon for both local value and global climate benefit.

I hope you will join us in setting this very accessible trim tab against the unrelenting fossil CO2 flow.

Jim Mason
Founder, CEO
All Power Labs
 

The Local Carbon Network campaign is here:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/local-carbon-network-community/x/18354621#/

Local Carbon Network: Campaign progress

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  Thank you to all who have participated in the Indiegogo campaign to set the Local Carbon Network project in motion.   So far we’ve raised about $25,000 in Local Carbon sponsorships, which is about 20% of the way to our goal.  This is a great start, and we were pleased so many of your wrote notes back to us to affirm this new model for enabling local carbon drawdown.  Now we need to get the campaign to the goal of $150,000 to fully set the Bay Area Carbon Cluster in motion.   We have about a week left in the campaign, which is when most of the action typically happens in crowdfunding efforts.  In this push to the finish line, we hope you’ll consider a sponsorship, and/or pass the campaign onward to others who you think will be interested.  We need your help and participation to bring this new carbon drawdown model to existence in the world.  Even if you’re at a distance and want to start a Local Carbon Cluster in your area in the future, please do consider supporting the current Bay Area California campaign so we can get this off the ground and demonstrate the model can work.  Sponsorships are for bags of Local Carbon Biochar in varying number, or full Power Pallet 30 machines.   Most sponsorships are of course for bags of biochar, but we’re also looking for a few individuals who want to do higher level sponsorships by purchasing one of the new PP30 CHP machines, letting the local project use it for a year, then continuing thereafter in a lease arrangement, or upgrade and return to you. Details on the Local Carbon Network activities and campaign sponsorship options are here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/local-carbon-network-community/x/18354621#/
Sky-to-soil carbon deliveries begin

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  Deliveries of your sponsored Local Carbon Biochar have already begun to our partner Carbon Farmer organizations in the East Bay of California.  So far these are of course very small scale, but we wanted to complete the full cycle right from the beginning of the project.  The first 15kg char has gone to Ashby Community Garden, Emeryville Community Garden, and the UC Berkeley Gill Tract Farm, for a total CO2 impact equivalence of 300-600kg in principle (though in practice, not all CHP fossil displacements are in place yet while making this early char). We will be publishing a progressive tally of biochar delivered to soil and CO2e impact achieved by the total project.  This will soon be live on a new Local Carbon Network website, but in the interim, we have spreadsheets and graphs as below to keep track of our progress.

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  We have a great collection of local organizations enthusiastic to receive your sponsored Local Carbon Biochar and put it to good work in soil.  The current list of participating organizations is below.   You are welcome and encouraged to suggest other local gardens, farms, schools and otherwise where you would like to see local carbon returned to soil.   

  • UC Gill Tract Community Garden (UC Berkeley)
  • Spiral Garden Community Food Security Project, Berkeley
  • California Habitats Indigenous Activists, Berkeley
  • Ashby Community Gardens, Berkeley
  • Peralta Community Garden, Berkeley
  • Transition Berkeley, Berkeley
  • Planting Justice, Berkeley
  • Norcal Community Resilience Network, Berkeley
  • Malcom X School Garden, Berkeley
  • Northside Garden, Berkelely
  • Good Shepherd Church Garden, Berkeley
  • California Habitats Indigenous Activists, Berkeley
  • Emeryville Community Garden, Emeryville
  • Big Daddy’s Complete Rejuvenating Community Garden, Emeryville
  • PLACE for Sustainable Living, Oakland

The East Bay Local Carbon Cluster will develop permanent CHP powergen and biochar production installations at the first two green-waste management sites on the list below, with the rest following in later growth stages.  All of the sites listed below serve as existing green-waste consolidation points for the East Bay, and currently have an excess of Local Carbon needing a solution.  

 These green waste conversion sites, combined with the local gardens and farms listed above, make the East Bay Carbon Cluster. 

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Your sponsorships directly increase the amount of green-waste carbon that is “fossilized” to soil in this social-soil-eco-system.


Scaling for Global Impact

The Local Carbon Network model is designed to be easy to replicate and scale across other Local Food, Farmers’ Market and green-waste ecosystems.  The “proof of concept” East Bay Carbon Cluster is the template we intend to test and refine, making it easy to pick up for additional Local Carbon Clusters in the US and globally.  APL will orchestrate some of these directly, but also invite others with interest (like yourself dear reader) to set things in motion independently in your local area.  

Success in this initial East Bay capital campaign fund and deployment will justify follow-on campaigns and deployments dedicated to other Clusters.   APL intends to followup on the East Bay campaign with additional Local Carbon Clusters in California, Italy, Liberia and India.  These areas will be next as projects can build on business and service logistics already established by All Power Labs (APL) in these markets, and demonstration projects already operated to success. We also invite you to suggest other areas where a local carbon cluster might be relevant in your area.

After nearly ten years of technology development, business partner establishment, and on-the-ground infrastructure building, APL is ready to make a consequential impact on energy and agriculture transformations in these regions, while drawing down carbon from the global pool during the process. 

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The Goal

The Local Carbon Network intends to create and support long-term stewardship of gigawatts of carbon-negative power and product deployments, with the ultimate objective of enabling a 10-40ppm drawdown in global CO2 concentration over the next century.  A 10-40ppm drawdown is approximately 10-20% of the carbon reduction that will be needed to maintain global temperature increase below 2˚C– the commonly-accepted point that will stave off catastrophic climate change.  

We will not do this as a single company, but as a full industry pursuing the “Global Carbon Management through Green-waste mangement solution”, we just might be able to make it happen.  

“Global Carbon Management through Green-waste Management” is the most powerful tool we currently have available to drawdown carbon for global climate benefit.  The Local Carbon Network is bringing together the Plants + People + Machines to make it happen at scale.

We hope you will join us by sponsoring bags Local Carbon Biochar or PP30 CHP Machines to enable the first roll out.

Jim Mason
Founder, CEO
All Power Labs