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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, 5-7pmFREE!  But please RSVP here

 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 […]

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.

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 […]

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). 

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 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 SpecificationsMany 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 […]

The New PP30 Cogen-CS

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 […]

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 […]

Local Carbon Network: Campaign progress

  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 […]