Maker’s Faire 2010, San Mateo, CA.
Last weekend we ran the GEK Power Pallet for two days at the Maker’s Faire to power our “Power Parlour” of food and drink making. Wood chips in to popcorn, margaritas, cookies and bacon out. Like this was simple all along (which it unfortunately has been not). This was a dry run for this coming weekend workshop where we’re planning a long endurance test of the GEK Power Pallet.
So far things continue to be good. We were able to run two 8 hours days at Maker’s in a fully automated hands-off manner, using common softwood chips. Things ran satisfyingly well the entire time with no active tending of any system. We filled the fuel in the morning and once in the afternoon. That’s about it.
You can see the Power Pallet in this gallery Popular Mechanics did of the Maker’s Faire: http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to-plans/maker-faire-2010-gallery We also have a gallery of Maker’s Faire in the GEKforum here: http://www.gekgasifier.com/gallery/browseimages.php?c=32
The Popular Mechanics gallery also has some good pictures of various “moonlighting” projects by APL folk. When we’re not building gasifiers, most of us also build large scale mechanical, kinetic and pyrotechnic art. [...]