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The Power of 5: 500 gasifiers, by our 5th anniversary

This summer marks our 5 year anniversary of exploring the wonders of gasification. After 5 years of designing and doing, we’re approaching our 500th gasifier sale, and plan something special for the person who lands the 500th machine. Mr or Ms Lucky 500th purchase will get a $5,000 rebate in cash or product credit. Hey, you could actually come out cash positive on this proposition if you’re just getting a kit . . .

The few rules are as follows:

The purchase has to be a gasifier kit or power pallet. It can’t just be parts. The purchase needs to happen between now and the end of June. By June 30th we’re sure we’ll hit the 500th system purchase, so we shouldn’t tempt you beyond there. It will likely happen much before then. The definition of “purchase” is a sale initiated with payment. From tomorrow forward we will count each new incoming order with payment as one sale towards the 500th and the $5,000 [...]

Grid-tie for the 20kW Power Pallet

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We’ve long wanted to provide a reasonably priced grid-tie solution for the Power Pallet. However sync equipment for small scale systems is scarce, and usually at price points near equal the Power Pallet itself. Today we’re announcing the availability of a fully complete, non-hacked, and equipment certified grid-tie solution for the 20kw Power Pallet for $4,995. This is a solution that will work for nearly all global grid standards, as well as enable off-grid parallel feeding with large gensets already at your facility. We think this tie solution is a game changer for the broad usability of the Power Pallet. For years many of you have told us the Power Pallet won’t be relevant for your location until it will connect either to the main grid, or an already existing local diesel grid at your site. Now we can do both. Hopefully this news is as pleasurable for you, as it is for us. The road to here has explored many grid-tie options, and found most all of them less than ideal. Here’s the handicapping of the main scenarios: An inverter based grid tie, using solar or wind equipment, is in principle easy, but for a 20kw system the [...]

APL Monthly Open House - Friday, April 12th: 5-7pm

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Our next Open House at ALL Power Labs is this Friday, April 12th, from 5-7pm. There will be food and drink, as well as other gasifier geeks gathered and talking shop for your entertainment.

The Open House events offer all interested a regular time to visit APL, see a Power Pallet run, and generally tour the details of our operation. Each Open House has a short talk introducing gasification and the Power Pallet biomass power generation system. This will not be as in depth as our full workshop weekends, but it will get you through the fundamentals, and help you assess the relevance of our machines for your application.

People considering a purchase, or a larger deployment of our units, often use these events as an opportunity to visit and discuss specifics. If you would like to go through a particularly large project proposition, please try to tell us ahead of time so we are sure to schedule adequate time for specifically you.

If you plan to join us in any manner this Friday, please RSVP ahead of time to “sales@allpowerlabs.org“. If you are coming from out of town we can help you logistics. Surprisingly, people fly in [...]

Job Opps: 1. Senior Mechanical Engineer. 2. Assembly Tech

Hiring is continuing at ALL Power Labs. We again try to prioritize hiring from within the GEK community, so do encourage you to apply for these positions. Even if the current ones aren’t a direct fit with you and your talents -but other situations would be- tell us of your interest and we’ll keep you on the list for future opportunities. We’ll be announcing more positions soon. For the current round we’re announcing a rare opening in our core engineering group. We have so many new projects and products on the horizon that we need to expand our high level design and management capacity. We are looking for seasoned multi-disciplined engineers across the mechanical and thermal disciplines, and/or gasification specific engineering heroes. This is an invitation to replace and/or augment the minds of Jim and Bear, as the default engineers of APL solutions. This is an invitation to be a core author and leader of what we do here. Growth requires that such core authorship is moved beyond one or two minds, and progressively positioned in multiple sites of high level expertise. Gasification luminaries encouraged to apply. We will help with relocations from Europe, Asia or Africa for compelling [...]

Survey of your thoughts? Italy hosts first AR demo to an overflow crowd

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Survey of your thoughts?

Given the new year, we thought it a good time to get some general feedback about how we’re doing and how we might do better. In particular, we’re interested in your assessment of our products and your pro/con deliberations about whether you’d like to get one, whether through buying or building on your own. We are currently selling and shipping between 6 and 10 Power Pallets a month. About 10 GEK gasifier kits a month too. Lots of you build them DIY too, but the numbers are more difficult to count. While this is more gasifier-engine system building than anyone else on the planet by a factor of around 10x, it is still tiny compared to the real need, and the amount of interest writing us daily. Here’s some numbers on the scale of interest we see each month. We have around 50,000 unique visitors to our website a month. Of these around 300 write in directly asking for info about building or buying something. Of these about 50 progress to a formal quote or invoice. And of these the numbers above decide in the end to get a unit. We’re interested in learning more about [...]

Job Announcement: Customer Service and Sales Support Manager

 

Job title: Customer Service and Sales Support ManagerDepartment: SalesReports to: Director of SalesStatus: SalariedDownload Announcement

ALL Power Labs is looking for a customer service expert to create and manage the next stage of all our customer facing activities. This is a newly created position which previously has been patched onto the sides of other positions. The time has arrived to create a formal customer service department. We are looking for the person with the skills and ambition to lead this endeavor, from the near term direct tending of customer needs, to longer term managing a growing team and department.

SummaryThe Customer Service & Sales Support Manager to be responsible for managing the processes and systems related to servicing our customers and supporting the sales staff.

Duties and Tasks

Provide superior customer support by identifying issues, devising solutions, and accepting ownership to a successful closure. Lead, manage and direct the all customer service activities. Create and maintain daily, weekly and monthly reporting requirements for Sales department and the company. Responsible for order entry, answering Customer Service phones, message management, data entry in CRM and performing all Customer Service activities as needed. Oversee, qualify, and manage inbound leads. Sales inquiries [...]

Job Announcement – Accounting Manager

Job title: Accounting Manager Department: Finance Reports to: CFOStatus: Salaried

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Summary The Accounting Manager has leadership responsibilities for accounting functions of the organization and reports directly to the Finance Officer. The position provides oversight for all essential accounting functions including, but not limited to, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll and General Ledger activity Position will also support Human Resource activities such as employee benefits management.

Duties and Tasks

Manages the Accounting, Payroll, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable functions Manages and executes daily operations of the Accounting Department. Preparation and posting of monthly journal entries. Compiles and analyzes financial information to prepare entries to accounts, such as general ledger accounts and documenting business transactions. Analyzes financial information detailing assets, liabilities, and capital, and prepares balance sheet, profit and loss statement, and other reports to summarize current and projected company financial position. Create and develop financial reporting tools and metrics for use by Executive Leadership team. Actively involved in the organization’s annual audits and tax return preparation. Establishes, modifies, documents, and coordinates implementation of accounting internal control procedures. Guides accounting decisions by establishing, monitoring and implementing policies and procedures. Very strong interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal, [...]

Workshop Weekend: Authorized Rep Training. Nov 2-5, 2012

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Gasification PowerExchange Workshop #12: November 2 -5, 2012Gasification Workshop Weekend: Authorized Rep Training, GEK Building and Running.

Gasification Lecture and Demo: Friday, November 2, 7:30-9:30PMHands-on programs: Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4, 11am – 7pmAuthorized Representative business seminar and dinner: Monday, November 5th, 11am – 7pm Location: ALL Power Labs, 1010 Murray Street. Berkeley, CA

Cost: Free for GEK or Power Pallet owners, otherwise $150 for Newbies. Add $100 for extended AR program and dinner. Add $50 for welding supplies if you will be building a GEK Sign up here: http://www.gekgasifier.com/about/workshop/sign-up/ More Info on travel and accommodations: http://gekgasifier.com/about/workshops/Contact: sales@allpowerlabs.org ————————————————————————————————————————————- Join us at ALL Power Labs in Berkeley CA, this coming November 2-5, 2012 for the next in our long running series of Biomass Gasification weekends. This round the weekend will focus on our recently launched Authorized Representative program. This is our major new endeavor in house, and we want to create a forum where the interesting can gather to explore the opportunity, as well as start the training process for supporting customers on their end. The weekend will continue to offer general demos and instruction in GEK and Power Pallet running, as well as the usual deep [...]

Announcing the APL Authorized Representative Program

 

ALL Power Labs is receiving a growing stream of proposals for overseas representation and reselling of our products. Many of these come from individuals who’ve been watching our progress for years, and find our products have now achieved a level of maturity to justify pilot scale rollouts in their region. Fortunately, we agree.

We also know the next stage of our growth cannot happen without commercial partners in “faraway” local markets. There are many details of product demonstration, last mile services, and local project development that we cannot well serve online from Berkeley, California. This is where you come in.

Today we’re announcing the launch of our global Authorized Representative Program. The goal of this program is to find individuals who can successfully localize our products, and build the related businesses to grow the results. This will be much than an arms length reseller agreement. It will be an active participatory role, somewhat like a “Value Added Reseller”, but with responsibilities and opportunities extending well beyond a typical VAR.

As an Authorized Representative (AR), you will be expected to orchestrate regular product demonstration events at your site, somewhat like we do with our monthly Open House events [...]

APL in the Field: Indonesia Report

Yoav and I just returned from a trip to Indonesia to help with the set up and operational instruction for 2 Power Pallets there.

They are being integrated into a pilot stage “Village Hub” project. This pilot is located next to a palm sugar factory run by the Masarang Foundation (http://www.masarang.nl/). The factory uses waste geothermal heat from a 35 MW geothermal plant to dry and prepare palm sugar. This sugar is prepared from the sap of the Arenga Palm (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arenga_pinnata), a species studied by Willie Smits who studied forestry in the Netherlands (and gave a great TED talk (http://www.ted.com/talks/willie_smits_restores_a_rainforest.html). The sap is collected by bruising the fruiting branches, which release the sap, up to 100 liters per tree per day. It can be processed into sugar and ethanol. The Arenga palm can grow on poor soils, allowing deforested areas to be reforested, acting as a nurse tree to re-introduce more diverse species (see Willie’s TED talk above).

The Village Hub concept is to create smaller scale plants that can operate with zero external inputs and zero waste. These would collect sap from a collection of local farmers allowing economic opportunities to stay and protect reforested areas. The Hub would [...]