Biochar and Bioenergy 2019, Fort Collins CO

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APL team member Austin Liu at our Biochar & Bioenergy 2019 booth

All Power Labs recently attended the Biochar & Bioenergy 2019 conference held in Fort Collins, Colorado from July 1–3. Our CEO, Jim Mason, as well as biochar experts Austin Liu and Aidin Massoumi were on hand, to promote our distributed-scale biomass gasifiers, share our work with SkyCarbon Biochar and the Local Carbon Network waste-to-climate products initiative, and soak up the latest knowledge from academics, producers and practitioners in the global biochar community.

The event was hosted by the US Biochar Initiative (USBI) and featured presentations, panel discussions and poster exhibitions from more than 80 experts on major themes in the biochar space, including production and commercial application, environmental remediations, soils and agriculture, and the bioeconomy and climate change.

Our resident biochar expert, Austin Liu, gave two presentations at the conference, sharing his research on gasification’s effects on biochar properties, as well as our work with biochar co-composting and the observed benefits to plants and soils.

We also staffed a booth with videos and literature on our latest biomass-to-power/heat/biochar gasifier, the Power Pallet 30, as well as on the science behind our SkyCarbon Biochar and evidence of its impacts with our farming partners.

Biochar & Bioenergy 2019 was a very exciting opportunity for All Power Labs and the Local Carbon Network project, and we received considerable interest from attendees on our product line, on our equipment at-work in forests and on farms, and on the SkyCarbon Biochar produced through our patented gasification process. Most importantly, we met many new friends and partners to support our goal of scaling community-based carbon sequestration!

If you’d like to learn more about All Power Labs and the Local Carbon Network project, reach out!

Biochar Usage in Dairy Manure Composting

Co-composting dairy manure with SkyCarbon biochar

In the Local Carbon Network, we convert available green waste into value-added ‘climate products’ such as electricity, heat, water and biochar through a carbon negative process that combats climate change on multiple fronts.

The Local Carbon Network uses biomass gasifiers from All Power Labs in Berkeley, California, to produce SkyCarbon Biochar, a clean, porous, high-temperature char certified by the International Biochar Institute and officially listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI). When used as a soil amendment, SkyCarbon Biochar can offer a range of powerful agronomic benefits to plant productivity, soil biological activity, water retention, pest management and mineral uptake.

We have found that these results are best achieved through combining or ‘co-composting’ SkyCarbon Biochar with nutrient-rich organic matter at the beginning of the composting process. Through co-composting, the char is biologically ‘charged’ or ‘activated’ with microbes and nutrients that enhance its benefits. In addition, compost piles containing SkyCarbon Biochar tend to reach higher temperatures and stay hotter longer, significantly reducing the processing time and allowing compost to be harvested earlier.

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In April of this year, the LCN began working with Ontario Agricultural Commodities (OAC), a commercial-scale composting operation in Ontario, California, to implement A/B trials with SkyCarbon Biochar in dairy manure composting. Before partnering with OAC, our experience with co-composting SkyCarbon Biochar had primarily been with green waste composting, and so we were excited to see what would happen when our char was mixed with a dairy-manure composting process.

Experimental design:

Treatment and control test with two dairy-manure compost piles, approximately 200 gallons each, started at the same time. The treatment pile was composed of 10% biochar, 90% manure, the control pile of 100% manure. Total biochar added to the treatment pile was 20 gallons of biochar at start, and 15 gallons later. Moisture was added to piles every three days. Pile temperatures were measured three times a week.

The compost pile with SkyCarbon Biochar achieved and sustained higher temperatures throughout the compost process, and was ready to be harvested eight days before the control pile (indicated by black dot).

As you can see, the compost pile with biochar started hotter and stayed hotter longer than the pile without. Achieving and sustaining higher compost temperatures is particularly important for manure composting as hotter piles eliminate the threat posed by pathogens originating from animals. OAC harvests its piles 15 days after they have reached 131F, and as a result of the elevated temperatures, the SkyCarbon biochar pile was ready eight days earlier than the control pile, a 30% decrease in processing time! OAC staff also observed increased moisture content in the biochar pile, which would improve the overall effectiveness of the compost.

These are exciting results for our first foray into commercial-scale manure composting, and as we continue to combine SkyCarbon Biochar with different types of compost we look forward to testing for the additional known benefits of biochar to composting processing such as reduced GHG emissions, higher pH, enhanced organic matter, and increased nitrogen and other plant nutrients.

The LCN is actively seeking partners to demonstrate the many benefits of SkyCarbon Biochar, so if you are interested in collaborating on a solution that addresses climate change, soil degradation and world hunger, reach out!

Leave a Positive Trace Permaculture Action Day with Burning Man

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Photo credit: Brooke Porter Photography

On Saturday, June 22, the Local Carbon Network joined Burners without Borders, the Permaculture Action Network, and nearly 400 participants for an all-day event at Hoover Elementary School in Oakland, CA, featuring live music, arts, food and hands-on projects to improve the school’s garden and outdoor classroom. The activity was part of the ‘Leave a Positive Trace’ action weekend organized by Permaculture Action Network in partnership with the community associated with the annual Burning Man arts and music festival.

Hoover Elementary is located in a West Oakland neighborhood considered a ‘food desert’ due to the lack of access to healthy and affordable food. To address this, in 2014 the school started the Hoover Hawks’ Victory Garden to teach its students about growing food and the importance of nutrition in health and wellness. The Victory Garden is just one example of the activities in Oakland’s larger food justice movement that aims to address inequitable food access through policy and programs including management of urban farms and backyard gardens, and community supported agriculture boxes, sliding-scale farm stands, and farmers’ markets.

Participants at the June 22nd ‘Leave a Positive Trace’ event supported Hoover’s Victory Garden by digging swales, edging and weeding garden beds, planting and building furniture for the outdoor classroom located in the garden. The Local Carbon Network hosted a session in which we introduced our initiative and held a drawing to give away a SkyCarbon drawdown subscription — a compost tumbler and a year’s supply of SkyCarbon Biochar. The prize winners were Dana Frasz and Mark Matos. Franz is the founder and Executive Director of Food Shift, an organization working to address food waste and hunger.

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Permaculture Action Day participants during the ‘Opening Circle’ activity at Hoover Elementary School (photo credit: Brooke Porter Photography)

While we are always excited to have new partners in biochar co-composting and carbon sequestration, we are especially happy to count Dana, Mark and Food Shift among the Local Carbon Network’s newest members, and we look forward to aligning our efforts to fight climate change and strengthen food resilience!

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Dana and Mark with their new compost tumbler, ready to co-compost with SkyCarbon Biochar!

If you’d like to start your own backyard compost-and-carbon-storage project with SkyCarbon Biochar, contact us and join the Local Carbon Network!

Summer Solstice Char-B-Que Open House at Gill Tract

On Friday, June 21, All Power Labs and the Local Carbon Network hosted an open house at UC Gill Tract Community Farm, our regenerative farming partner in Albany, CA. More than 60 attendees were given tours of the two-acre organic farm and medicinal herb garden, and were shown the remarkable changes to soil and plant health that Gill Tract has observed since it started co-composting with SkyCarbon Biochar more than a year ago.

To further celebrate the Northern Hemisphere’s longest day, we unveiled the ‘Char-B-Que’, a wood-fired Kon-Tiki kiln and grill that produced biochar while also cooking proteins and freshly-harvested vegetables for the open house participants.

The All Power Labs’ team manning the ‘Char-B-Que’ grill

The All Power Labs’ team manning the ‘Char-B-Que’ grill

Team members from the Local Carbon Network, All Power Labs, and Gill Tract also conducted a Q and A session on integrating biochar into organic composting processes, including a walk-through of Gill Tract’s SkyCarbon Biochar compost system, and a demonstration of co-composting biochar with a household-scale insulated compost tumbler.

UC Gill Tract Community Farm is a collaborative community project between the University of California Berkeley and the local community, focused on issues of food justice and urban farming. Gill Tract is the flagship partner in the Berkeley Local Carbon Network and an active practitioner of regenerative agriculture. Since the farm began co-composting with SkyCarbon Biochar in April 2018, it has applied more than 300 kg of char to its soil, for a total of more than 9000 kg CO2e sequestered to date!

If you are an individual, organization or business interested in using our SkyCarbon Biochar to benefit plants, soil and climate, reach out! We can help assess your needs, find farm, garden and technology partners, and even help you start your own Local Carbon Network.

IBI Newsletter: June 2019

The International Biochar Initiative (IBI) is a great source for information on research and the development of biochar businesses and industry. We will be linking to their newsletters here in our News Blog posts going forward.

They recently did testing and certified our Local Carbon Network SkyCarbon biochar, the results of this analysis are shown here. This, along with OMRI certification now allows SkyCarbon to be used in certified organic farming.

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Click this link to access IBI Newsletter: June 2019

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
 

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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
 

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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 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.