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New Upgrades on all PP20 Power Pallets

In 2014, we’ve made more than a dozen upgrades, improvements, and enhancements to the Power Pallet, but haven’t yet shared them with you. Here’s some of the highlights:

Ceramic hearth. Last spring we transitioned to a full ceramic hearth for better high temperature tolerance and general longevity. We are using a cast mullite ceramic, with a slag repelling, highly reflective surface coating. The ceramic hearth is captured from the outside via a 310 stainless metal alloy jacket, and superwool insulation to keep the heat in. The result is durable, long lived, and resistant to melting with even the hottest burning fuels. Improved Ash Out Auger and Scroll Wheel. We’ve tightened up the tolerances on our ash out removal system, and strengthened the auger and added a robust geared drive system. We’ve also added current sensing to automatically reverse and clear blockages, even when rocks and other unpleasantries find their way into the fuel. The result is more consistent and fault tolerant removal of ash from the reactor, in support of long run times.

Improved Fuel Switch. Our fuel switch has to operate at the top of the pyrolysis bed and [...]

24 hours of LIVE power online + 10% off sale

24 hours of LIVE power online, this week and next

Plus – 10% Off Sale for the next two weeks only

24 hours of LIVE power online We’ve made great progress on the performance, reliability and usability of the Power Pallet during 2014. However, we’ve been rather remiss in relaying the technical specifics of this new engineering work in recent APLnews posts. Now at the end of the year we want to offer a series of written reports and online demos to reveal what we’ve been up to under the hood.

This Thursday, December 4th, as well as next Thursday, December 11, we’ll be hosting a live, global, 24-hour web cast and demonstration of running Power Pallets from APL’s headquarters in Berkeley, California. The camera on the running machine will go around the clock. During each session, we’ll have dedicated call in times for live question and answer with APL engineers and sales staff. For those of you who have not been able to get to a physical demo site, we hope this is a useful second best option to see the machine running first hand.

The first show starts at noon Pacific time, which is 8PM GMT, on [...]

Upcoming demos in Italy and Kenya

Upcoming Demos: You’re Invited to Join Us at APL Italia HQ in Terni, Italy or in Nairobi, Kenya

APL will be hosting two special demonstrations of our products around the world this month. In Terni, Italy, we’ll be offering (limited) availability of our new PP 25 EU to all European customers. And in Nairobi, Kenya, we’ll have the first exhibition of open skid v5 Power Pallet in East Africa, on the occasion of a microgrid conference. Details are below. We hope you will come and see us.

-Jim Mason

European Customers Demo: Terni, Italy, November 14th Over 70 Italian customers joined us a few weeks ago in Terni Italy for the debut of new PP25 EU Power Pallet. Now we’ve planned a special demo event for the rest of Europe on Friday, November 14th. [Note-since this post originally appeared, APL Itaila is now hosting demo events every Friday].

Sales of the PP 25 EU have previously been limited to Italian customers. Now we’re happy to announce limited availability of the PP25EU to our customers throughout the rest of Europe as well. (You can download the lastest fact sheet here, and see a comparison of the PP20 and [...]

Introducing the Power Cube

NOTE: Since this announcement was released, APL has decided we are not able to guarantee the power output stated below. We are repositioning this product as the Power Cube–many of the same features, but with lower power output and a lower price. See our Products page for more detail.

Today we are pleased to announce a new product, designed for the European grid-tie market.Introducing the PP25 EU Power Pallet. Over the last year and a half, APL has been collaborating with partners in Italy to develop a fully enclosed, regulation compliant version of the Power Pallet. The new product is intended for general use across the EU, with our initial launch in Italy in October.The goal with the new machine is to offer a compact and highly automated biomass power and heat solution, requiring minimized install space or onsite construction, and to deploy it at half the price point of comparable systems on the market in Europe. This new European Combined Heat and Power (CHP) gasifier system lowers the cost from the current 4€/watt and above, to around 2€/watt. This makes the system broadly relevant and accessible across the continent.In conjunction with this product release, we’re proud to [...]

We're hiring, again! CFO and more

We’re hiring, again!

APL continues a major round of hiring to fill key management and operational positions in our Berkeley, California headquarters. This is a reflection of our significant growth, new overseas operations, and new products in the pipeline.

After filling a few Director positions ( see profiles to right ), we’re now focusing on filling another key role: Chief Financial Officer. There are also a few other open positions still available–see descriptions via the links below.

We invite you to be part of a transformative proposition. We are creating a new category of energy device–one that generates affordable, on demand, renewable energy from local byproducts, at the scale of the individual user. The Power Pallet represents a heretofore not seen combination of form factor and functionality that promises to have non-trivial impacts to the existing petroleum based energy economy.

Applicants should be excited about working in an ambitious and quickly growing company. We are a global company, working with a dynamic and collaborative culture, over a famously difficult problem (biomass

gasification). It is not boring.

Feel free to share the below job descriptions with your networks. Unique candidates will be noticed and engaged. Women in particular are encouraged [...]

Powerful. High Performance. And now: Patented!

Powerful. High Performance. And now: Patented!

Many of you have been following our progress for years, as we’ve worked to advance the development of gasification, and that makes us all the more thrilled to share with you some important news related our Power Pallet. Take a look at this photo of our CEO JIm Mason:

He’s holding US Patent 8764857 B2, issued earlier this summer. The US Patent Office, after an exhaustive review, issued this patent for our core design and operational relationships. This affirms that APL’s innovative design and component interaction truly is groundbreaking, which is remarkable if you consider the science of gasification is over 150 years old.

You may wonder if this means we’re getting away from our open-source, kit-based roots. Not at all. We still strongly support experimentation and innovation in this area, and continue to publish free plans for download on our website of some early designs. ( in fact you can see a recent post about a team that built a working unit directly from our plans here.) And we still maintain our vast online Wiki, host regular Open Houses and Workshops, where we share intimate details of our latest [...]

Lighting Liberia on Biomass-grand opening

Lighting Liberia -for $.08 a kilowatt hour

Development work is notoriously hard, especially in places struggling to recover from civil unrest. That’s why we’re so pleased to tell you about the latest chapter in our work in Liberia, in partnership with Winrock International and USAID.

As you may recall, about a year ago we started a project at the Booker Washington Institute in Kakata, Liberia, to turn eager students into renewable energy experts while providing cheap energy from waste biomass, on a campus thoroughly looted during the civil war.

Fast forward to last month, and the barren room in a leaking building where we began has been turned into a state of the art Renewable Energy Center. We’ve been told it’s the first of its kind in West Africa, not only teaching about various renewable technologies ( like biomass, biodiesel, and solar), but putting them to use-three Version 5.0 Power Pallets now power 1/3 of the campus, and the entire surrounding village where faculty and staff live.

After a lot of elbow grease, the center now looks like this, with three days supply of feedstock in bins on the left, raw feedstock to the right, [...]

New Videos, Summer Tour

New v5.0 Power Pallet Videos What it is, how it works

APL Support Engineer Austin Liu recently wrapped up two videos explaining the features and functions of the v5 Power Pallet.

Part one focuses on the various components:


while part two focuses on the processes:

Austin also made two very handy graphic images, which reflect the processes of gasfication, and where they are taking place in the Power Pallet.

You can find the one on the Elaborated Processes of Gasification here, and a Schematic Reflecting Process Location On the Power Pallet here.


Three become one: from our Facebook feed

Check out this image and story about synching up multiple Power Pallets, from our Facebook feed.

And note the gorgeous panoramic below–three v5.0, and a v4.7.


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APL Summer Tour – On The Road Around The World

A reminder: APL is planning to be at some major international events in the months ahead. Check out the list below and plan to join us if you can; we’ll update you as we add more events.

June 3-5 PowerGen Europe, Cologne, Germany

We won’t have a booth, but [...]

Upcoming events and summer tour

Come see the v5 Power Pallet-either in person, or online Open House to be livecasted this week

APL is having our monthly Open House this week, and wants you to join us. Not in the area? No problem-we’ll also be livecasting the event online. For those nearby, here are the details:

And for those not in the Bay Area, you can still join us. Just login to https://allpowerlabs.adobeconnect.com/v5/ at 6pm local Pacific Time (GMT -7) . We’ll be doing a live walk through/around a running v5 Power Pallet, answering your questions and showing you what you want to see-just type in your questions, and tell us where to aim the camera.

The quote referenced above came from a feature story on APL in the technology magazine Fast Company, which you can read below.

APL Summer Tour Coming Up

APL is planning to be at some major international events in the months ahead. Check out the list below and plan to join us if you can. June 3-5 PowerGen Europe Cologne, Germany

To make an appointment with us at this event, contact Thierry Levy thierry@allpowerlabs.org

June 16-17, International Off-Grid [...]


“potentially, the most important and transformative energy product that no one has heard of.“

-FastCompany Magazine, discussing APL’s Power Pallet That’s the headline from a news article about APL that just landed on newstands around the world. APL has been busy for the last five years, so busy we haven’t been talking to the media much. Well, now it seems they’re coming to us.

Fast Company magazine, which chronicles the technology and culture of Silicon Valley and the new digital economy, just published a large story about APL–all about our work, how we got started, and where we’re going:


From the story: “an elegant solution: You take the waste of photosynthesis, which is abundant and free, and convert it to a form compatible with internal combustion engines, which are abundant and very cheap. When done cleanly, gasification’s only by-products are exhaust and a degraded charcoal that is easily sequestered back into the ground–where it happens to be a great fertilizer.”

For those who have been following us for a while, we think you’ll enjoy reading this and these other stories. And in next week’s APLnews, we’ll be sharing more, like making ice from coconuts in [...]