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Research and Education

ALL Power Labs works with universities, high schools, and government institutes around the world to advance the science of gasification, and educate the next generation of gasifier experts and operators. We can can help teachers and students alike build programs, set up research projects, and teach classes on a broad array of biomass thermal conversion processes.


Customer Highlight: Eastern Illinois University

Eastern Illinois University uses the GEK PowerPallet to educate students about gasification. They have set up real time gas detection to analyze the wood gas while running the system. In this ~9 minute video, they walk through their experiences with start-up and running the PowerPallet and how it fits with their intentions to sustain their energy needs from local resources from consistent energy sources. They are investigating a variety of their local feed stocks with the system and are looking into larger scale projects at their Renewable Energy Center (http://www.eiu.edu/sustainability/eiu_renewable.php)

“Dr. Jerry Cloward, an Assistant Professor in the School of Technology at Eastern Illinois University, talks about the School of Technology’s Gasifier Experimenter’s Kit.”

In this video, they show a good shot of the way we recommend sampling the wood gas from the system. In order to ensure that condensate does not foul the analyzer equipment, attach a long copper coil in between the sampling port and the analyzer. It is recommended to include a small trap right before the gas analyzer. If you do have condensate, this can be collected for analysis as the liquid fraction by other means.

Click below for other projects by GEK research and educational users.

 

 

Utah state University

 

 

 

George Markt&Russ Lanchance, PhD

West Point, NY thermal imaging camera

 

 

University of Minnesota, Morris

Biomass Gasification Project

 

 

 

John Kinstler’s GEK:

Art School of Chicago

 

 

 

 

Ethan’s GEK fabrication and research project at Appalachian State Univ.

 

 

Gerardo Diaz:

Research at UC Merced

 

 

 

Adam Asquith: University of Hawaii

 

 

Analysis of GEK wood gas with GC at Mississippi State University

 

 

Rogue Community College:

Grants Pass, OR

 

 

University Of West Virginia

 

Full list of research and education institutions with GEKs, BEKs or Power Pallets:

Bio-Energy Efficiency Lab

Bio-Energy Efficiency Lab

BEE Lab (Bio-Energy Efficiency Lab)

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

univuser_art-institute-of-chicago Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois, USA

univuser_universityfairbanksak_afes-palmer-research-and-extension-center University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

univusers_appalachainstateuniversity Appalachian State University

Boone, North Carolina, USA

univuser_astonuniversity-birminghamuk_chemical-engineering-and-applied-chemistry Aston University

Birmingham, UK

univuser_international-renewableenergy-techology-institute-of-minnesota Minnesota State UniversityInternational Renewable Energy Technology Institute
univuser_louisiana-forest-products-development-center-school-of-renewable-natural-resources Louisiana State University

Louisiana Forest Products Development Center School

univuser_masdar-institute-of-science-and-technology Masdar institute of Science and Technology

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

univuser_mcgill-university_macdonald-campus McGill University, MacDonald CampusMontreal, Quebec, Canada
univuser_michiganstateuniversity Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan, USA

univuser_morrisville-state-college Morrisville State College

Morrisville, New York, USA

univuser_queens-university-dept_mechanical-and-materials-engineering Queens University, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Kingston, Ontario, Canada

univuser_suzuka-national-college-of-technology Suzuka National College of Technology

Japan

univuser_university-minnesota-copy University of Minnesota

Morris, Minnesota, USA

univuser_university-of-cape-town University of Cape Town

Western Cape, South Africa

univuser_griffith-university Griffith University

Australia

univuser_dept-of-mechanical-engineering-university-of-rome-tor-vergata University of Rome Tor Vergata

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Rome, Italy

univuuser_university-of-california_merced University of California

Merced, California, USA

univuser_universityofcaliforniadavis University of California

Davis, California, USA

univuser_universityofillinois_college-of-agricultural_biological_engineering University of Illinois

College of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Urbana, Illinois, USA

univuser_uppsala-university_dept-of-earth-science Uppsala University

Department of Science

Uppsala, Sweden

univuserlogo_westpoint-copy West Point

West Point, New York, USA

univusers_lagunacreekhighschool Laguna Creek High School

Elk Grove, California, USA

univusers_lambtoncollege Lambton College

Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

univusers_maharashtra-institute-of-technologyaurangabad Maharashtra Institute of Technology

Aurangabad

univusers_rogue-community-college Rogue Community College

Grants Pass, Oregon, USA

univusers_windwardeducationandresarchcenter Windward Education and Research Center

Klickitat, Washington, USA

univuser_university-of-hawaii_kauai-agricultural-research-station University of Hawaii

Kauai Agricultural Research Station

Kapaa, Hawaii, USA

gekuser-palogo_sm-100 Pioneer Astronautics

Lakewood, Colorado, USA

gekuser-top_logo-100 State of Israel Agricultural Research Organization

Volcani Center

Bet-Degan. Israel

Tyndall Air Force Base
gekuser-inx-logo-100 INX Labs

Groveland, Florida, USA

gekuser-naturalresourcescanada-100 Natural Resources Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

gekuser-usarmy-corpsofengieers-100 US Army Corps of Engineers Energy Office

Champaign, Illinois, USA

gekuser-usda-100 USDA Agricultural Research Service
gekuser-mississippi-state-university-100 Mississippi State University

Chemistry Department

Starkville, Mississippi, USA

gekuser-universitycollegedublin-100 University College of Dublin

UCD Lyons Research Farm

Belfield, Dublin, Ireland

gekuser-university-ofexeter-100 Univ. of Exeter

Camborne School of Mines, Tremough

Penryn, Cornwall, UK

gekuser-anthroterra_logo_w-100 AnthroTerra

Australia

gekuser-applied-research-associates-100 Applied Research Associates

Florida, USA


Links for educational groups:

Choosing a Project:

If you don’t have any equipment yet, its best to match your GEK system with your educational goals. (We recommend contacting us at sales@allpowerlabs.org to ask about our current lead times so that we can be sure to get you set up before your semester starts). We are now selling a skid-based GEK kit intended for you to add your own engine and generator, or to generate producer gas for any other purpose. While our most current gasifier technology is no longer open source, plans, CAD files and instructions for all our earlier versions are still available from our wiki to allow you to begin research on gasifier design and engineering.

We get many questions about where to set up the GEK Gasifier and Power Pallets for research purposes. Only operate or conduct maintenance on the GEK Gasifier or the Power Pallet in a well-ventilated place. We have seen universities install hoods, negative pressure flues, or build a small single-walled shed or roof structure to accommodate the equipment.

Other helpful links:

Next steps:

  • Send us a sample of your curriculum or syllabus- While we are interested in how teachers are using the GEK in the classroom, we can also give you advice on time lines, interactive projects, and offer teaching material and documentation. Send to support@allpowerlabs.org.
  • Promote your program- Many people contact us that also want to enroll in classes to learn about gasification and other renewable energy technologies. Promote your program by sending pictures of your project to support@allpowerlabs.org so that we can point them in your direction.