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A menace in our mountains: the terrifying climate truth behind California’s fall forest colors

Fall in the United States is known for the colors in New England, as trees turn to the warm shades of autumn before dropping their leaves. That sort of change historically wasn’t common here California, where our forests are mostly evergreen pine trees. At least, that used to be true–but not anymore.

Thanks to drought and climate change, there are now 66 million dead trees in California, a number that may triple by year’s end. That’s almost one million linear miles of dead biomass, enough to stretch to the moon and back twice. But, when combined with […]

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Two years in the field-and counting

Two years in the field and counting — APL technology passes key new product milestone

As world leaders gather in New York this week to celebrate Earth Day, and to sign the COP21 Paris Climate Accords, here at APL we’ve been doing some celebrating of our own.

If you have been in the renewable energy field for a while, you know that new technologies don’t come along that often, and rarer still are the ones that pass two years of service in the field.

That is why we’re so pleased to announce that our v5 […]

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Upcoming events

APL events all summer long

At APL we love talking about how biomass gasification can address the twin challenges of energy access and climate change, while providing a meaningful solution to solid waste problems. So we regularly host events, like this recent tour for local science and technology students.

But even by our outgoing standards, the next months have an exceptionally heavy schedule. In addition to the events below, we’re also going to be commissioning projects in Ghana, Benin, Liberia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and many more, as we continue our work to make on demand, renewable, […]

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BWI REC Open House, Kakata Liberia

Constant improvement: 2016 updates to the Power Pallet

Gasification has been famously described as “all variables, all the time,” and wrangling those variables into a tractable form has been our work at All Power Labs since starting out with the GEK kit back in 2OO8. Since then, we’ve released five complete generations of our gasification systems, and today Power Pallets are at work in more than 3O countries on six continents, and are supporting research at dozens of universities.

They deliver high-quality energy for productive use by turning waste biomass into on-demand, renewable, carbon-negative energy for far less than the cost of solar or diesel. (A recent […]

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We got a great climate deal at COP21–now what?

We got a great climate deal at COP21–now what?

We should all be rightly happy about the outcome of the COP21 climate accords. Now comes the hard and exciting work–how do we reach these climate targets? The answers are sobering, and one take away is absolutely clear: solar and wind alone won’t do it. We’ll need carbon negative energy, and on a massive scale.

APL brought a big team to COP21 to share a simple message: affordable, renewable, carbon negative energy from biomass is here, and ready to help solve the twin challenges […]

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Report from COP21

The first week is finished at COP21, with less than a week to go until the deal is (hopefully) done. APL is attending these climate accord meetings to raise awareness about the potential of biomass gasification + biochar to make carbon negative energy. Gasification + biochar is a rare solution that can offset and replace fossil fuel emissions for contemporary power generation, as well as capture and and sequester additional carbon against previous fossil emissions. It is both fossil offsetting generation and atmospheric carbon drawdown together. The result is quite a few “a ha’s” at our booth with consequential folk, […]

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APL is going to Paris for COP21 and carbon negative energy

Carbon negative renewable energy : a solution for climate, energy access, and human dignity

Or, why we’re going to Paris, and you should be, too (even if just in spirit)

Next week, the COP21 finale to two decades of climate talks will be starting in Paris. The goal is to finally wrangle the long and messy debate over the Earth commons into a binding accord and roadmap to avert disaster on our small blue dot.

APL will be in attendance at COP21, showing our machinery for carbon negative power generation in the La […]

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From Workshop, to White House, to Silicon Valley

October has been–and continues to be–a big month for All Power Labs.

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Tom Dinwoodie invests in, joins APL Board

Renewable energy pioneer Tom Dinwoodie leads investment round and joins APL Board of Directors. […]

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