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Waste Management, Agricultural and Forestry Byproducts

APL is proud to be one of the recipients of a California Energy Commission grant to develop Modular Bioenergy Systems for Forest/Urban Interface Areas. Right up our alley!

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We will be using the grant to continue our development of our Powertainer Project to deploy it here in California to convert forest conservation waste into power near the location of the forest waste. Overall this is to solve a serious problem that has been created by our modern fire suppression policies, in which our increased presence in wild areas means we can no longer allow sustaining wild fires to burn through our forests, thinning the trees and renewing the ecosystem. To solve this, the foresters manually thin and chip the trees (necessary to prevent blooms of destructive pests) resulting in enormous quantities of wood chips. If left to decompose, these would release their carbon into the atmosphere not only as CO2, but also as Methane (CH4), which has twice the greenhouse effect of CO2.

Read our proposal narrative for this grant or click on an image below to learn more about our Power Pallets already at work in waste management applications.


Zero Waste, Bangkok Thailand
Zero Waste Co., Ltd., Bangkok, Thailand - Jul. 2015
Thailand's waste disposal system is organized nationally by the Royal Thai Government, resulting in a very comprehensive nationwide emphasis on recycling and waste reuse. Zero Waste Co., Ltd, installed a PP20 at their Bangkok facility to help expand the research and development of their refuse derived fuel (RDF) program. They specialize in waste to energy projects, using Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), Landfill Waste and Industrial Waste, in an effort to fulfill Thailand's aggressive and ecologically enlightened waste management policies. Zero Waste shares APL's mission of converting waste to power, and we will continue to work with them to advance this vital technology sector.
Biodico, Redrock Ranch
Biodico, Redrock Ranch, Five Points, California - Mar. 2015
Located at Redrock Ranch in the heart of the almond capital of the world: California's San Joaquin Valley, Biodico is working in partnership with the ranch, APL and the California Energy Commission to study a wide range of alternative energy solutions. With easy access to diverse and plentiful agricultural waste, Biodico has installed a newly upgraded PP20 Power Pallet v5.0 at this project site. This PP20 also has the earliest prototype version of our combined heat and power (CHP) option. This project was the result of their effort to convert into energy byproducts such as inedible seed meal from their biodiesel production. ALL Power Labs actively supports Biodico’s efforts at Redrock Ranch toward sustainable agriculture and energy innovation.

Green Energy GEE, China - Nov. 2014
Using a PP20 v5 and working with university partners, Shenzhen Green & clear world Environmental Engineering (GEE) is developing a syngas-to-liquid reactor. Focusing on the commercialization of environmentally responsible projects, GEE's Power Pallet is part of a program to process municipal solid waste (MSW) into a transportation fuel. They are working to integrate their system into the solid-waste disposal chain of a large Chinese city to develop a product based on its specific local needs. GEE is using a proprietary catalytic system that promises to increase the yield of syngas and lower the temperature needed, while minimizing tar and other by-products. The ability to process MSW in our gasifiers is a long standing, but still remote goal for APL, and we welcome GEE's efforts to solve this difficult problem.
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University of Minnesota, Morris, Minnesota - Jun. 2012
In a partnership with Cummins Inc., APL worked with University of Minnesota in Morris to develop a prototype shipping-container-based 100 kW genset running on Minnesota's plentiful agricultural waste corn cobs. With the help of a grant from the California Energy Commission, APL is currently partnered with University of California, Berkeley's Center for Forestry and their Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory to develop this unit as a commercial genset: the 150 kW Powertainer. Our goal is to incentivize forest fire and bark beetle remediation in the Sierra Nevadas by creating a market for the forest waste as an energy resource.