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.
 

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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.

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