Lighting Liberia -for $.08 a kilowatt hour
Development work is notoriously hard, especially in places struggling to recover from civil unrest. That’s why we’re so pleased to tell you about the latest chapter in our work in Liberia, in partnership with Winrock International and USAID.
As you may recall, about a year ago we started a project at the Booker Washington Institute in Kakata, Liberia, to turn eager students into renewable energy experts while providing cheap energy from waste biomass, on a campus thoroughly looted during the civil war.
Fast forward to last month, and the barren room in a leaking building where we began has been turned into a state of the art Renewable Energy Center. We’ve been told it’s the first of its kind in West Africa, not only teaching about various renewable technologies ( like biomass, biodiesel, and solar), but putting them to use-three Version 5.0 Power Pallets now power 1/3 of the campus, and the entire surrounding village where faculty and staff live.
After a lot of elbow grease, the center now looks like this, with three days supply of feedstock in bins on the left, raw feedstock to the right, [...]
New v5.0 Power Pallet Videos What it is, how it works
APL Support Engineer Austin Liu recently wrapped up two videos explaining the features and functions of the v5 Power Pallet.
Part one focuses on the various components:
while part two focuses on the processes:
Austin also made two very handy graphic images, which reflect the processes of gasfication, and where they are taking place in the Power Pallet.
You can find the one on the Elaborated Processes of Gasification here, and a Schematic Reflecting Process Location On the Power Pallet here.
Three become one: from our Facebook feed
Check out this image and story about synching up multiple Power Pallets, from our Facebook feed.
And note the gorgeous panoramic below–three v5.0, and a v4.7.
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APL Summer Tour – On The Road Around The World
A reminder: APL is planning to be at some major international events in the months ahead. Check out the list below and plan to join us if you can; we’ll update you as we add more events.
June 3-5 PowerGen Europe, Cologne, Germany
We won’t have [...]
Come see the v5 Power Pallet-either in person, or online Open House to be livecasted this week
APL is having our monthly Open House this week, and wants you to join us. Not in the area? No problem-we’ll also be livecasting the event online. For those nearby, here are the details:
And for those not in the Bay Area, you can still join us. Just login to https://allpowerlabs.adobeconnect.com/v5/ at 6pm local Pacific Time (GMT -7) . We’ll be doing a live walk through/around a running v5 Power Pallet, answering your questions and showing you what you want to see-just type in your questions, and tell us where to aim the camera.
The quote referenced above came from a feature story on APL in the technology magazine Fast Company, which you can read below.
APL Summer Tour Coming Up
APL is planning to be at some major international events in the months ahead. Check out the list below and plan to join us if you can. June 3-5 PowerGen Europe Cologne, Germany
To make an appointment with us at this event, contact Thierry Levy [...]
“potentially, the most important and transformative energy product that no one has heard of.“
-FastCompany Magazine, discussing APL’s Power Pallet That’s the headline from a news article about APL that just landed on newstands around the world. APL has been busy for the last five years, so busy we haven’t been talking to the media much. Well, now it seems they’re coming to us.
Fast Company magazine, which chronicles the technology and culture of Silicon Valley and the new digital economy, just published a large story about APL–all about our work, how we got started, and where we’re going:
From the story: “an elegant solution: You take the waste of photosynthesis, which is abundant and free, and convert it to a form compatible with internal combustion engines, which are abundant and very cheap. When done cleanly, gasification’s only by-products are exhaust and a degraded charcoal that is easily sequestered back into the ground–where it happens to be a great fertilizer.”
For those who have been following us for a while, we think you’ll enjoy reading this and these other stories. And in next week’s APLnews, we’ll be sharing more, like making ice from coconuts in [...]
First v5.0 Gasifier Power Pallets go into service Make electricity during national energy crisis in Liberia
The first two v5.0 GEK gasifier Power Pallets were installed last week in Liberia, as part of the larger Liberia Center for Biomass Energy project. It has two key components: provide training, to build capacity for a broader rollout of biomass energy in Liberia, and of course generate renewable energy on demand.
That second need was brought into sharp relief during the installation last week, as a nationwide diesel shortage began closing businesses, hospitals, and even shutting off the national radio broadcasting company.
The trip began with a USAID-organized workshop in the capital Monrovia on turning waste palm products ( like palm kernel shells ) into energy–over 70 small holder farmers, businesses, and aid workers attended.
We then shipped the Power Pallets to their final location for testing and installation. On the day we brought unit #2 online, the school was largely shut down–no diesel was available for their generators–so when the Power Pallet first started making energy and the entire building was lit up, there was a big cheer from the student operators.
Then they qucikly shifted gears; a [...]
Final days of v5 sale, new pricing starts February 1st
Just three days left! Now through the end of the month, the upgraded Version 5.0 GEK gasifier and Power Pallet is available at the old price of $26,995. This applies to any orders placed by month’s end.
Beginning February 1st, the new list price will be $29,995. Various discounts and incentives may be available depending on your country and use scenario, thus your final price may less. You will need to inquire to get your local pricing, specific features, and service details for your market.
This new list price reflects the much enhanced performance and operational value of the new v5, while also keeping the list price at $1.50 per watt. Moving to a list price model will allow some headroom for our Authorized Representatives to be able to offer more value to their local customers.
Also through the end of the month there are still incentives in place for multiple unit orders. They are:
1-2 units: 50% down, balance due before shipping. 3-9 units: 25% down, 10% discount. Includes free onsite time for assist with installation and training at your site. (You pay [...]
Topics in this GEKnews:1) Live V5 Gasifier webcast set for this Thursday on Asia, Europe, and Africa time.2) Details of what’s going on inside the new reactor.3) Final ten days of discounted sales on new Power Pallets.
1) Live webcast this week for Asia, Europe, and Africa: v5.0 Dissection and Explanation.
Last week’s webcast from our factory turned out to be quite popular–in spite of the fact it was the middle of the night for many of our customers. ( BTW, what were all you Italians doing up at 4am watching a webcast? ). To make it more convenient for the other half of the world, we’re going to do the webcast again, only this time during your daylight hours.
This round we’ll start at 2am Pacific time, the morning of January 16th. This is GMT-8. This lines up to the following times in Africa, Europe, and Asia:10am in Monrovia, Liberia11am in Paris and Rome12 Noon in Johannesburg, South Africa1:00 in Addis Ababa,Ethiopia3:30 in New Delhi5pm in Bangkok
Jim will host again, walking you through all the details on the innards of the V5 Gasifier and Power Pallet. Questions will be taken and answered live. The webcast will be at: https://allpowerlabs.adobeconnect.com/v5/
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The new Version 5.0 GEK Gasifier and Power Pallet: Sale extended, live unveiling/webcast announced
The response to our pre-holiday announcement of the new v5.0 GEK Gasifier and Power Pallet has been tremendous. Already most of the first quarter has been sold out – and much of it in multi-unit chunks for larger projects. And we’ve also realized there is an even higher than usual interest in the nitty gritty details, given the notes we’ve received back from our first run through on some of the new features and design elements. We’ll continue to explore those details in coming GEKNews editions as our documentation develops.
As a reminder, the v5.0 represents a fundamental leap forward in our core gasifier technology, incorporating all we’ve learned over the last five years of development and deployment. For you, this means a significant advancement in performance, ease of use, and cost of operation/maintenance–many are now seeing a likely cost of power produced as low as $.10USD per kilowatt hour. In our first GEKNews about this release, we detailed the first of eight bullet items on the improvements [...]
Now with up to 24hr run time, increased reliability and ease of use
Today we’re pleased to announce the new v5.0 GEK Gasifier and related Power Pallet. Two years in development, the v5.0 represents a generational change in our core gasifier technology, incorporating all we’ve learned over the last five years of development and deployment. For you, this means a significant advancement in performance, ease of use, and cost of operation/maintenance.
All Power Pallets purchased from today forward will incorporate this new generation v5.0 gasifier and related auxiliary components.
The original modular GEK architecture has been an extremely powerful platform for rapid development and ongoing incremental changes. However at this point our “final answer” is mature enough that we can optimize around a much more integrated design, with desired performance features hardwired in, all built via a manufacturing method that is ready for large scale production. In short, we’ve completed the testing at scale, and can now deploy the solution at scale.
The result sunsets some of the DIY character that helped us reach this point, but replaces it with what we all really want from this technology: realistic “just works” usability, [...]
Replaceing Diesel with Biomass–making it happen in MalawiThe Chelinda Lodge, like many remote eco-resorts, faced enormous costs getting diesel to their location above Nyika ridge. With costs reaching more than $.50 cents USD per kilowatt hour, they could only afford to run their generator four hours a day on diesel. But working in partnership with the group Total Land Care and funded in part by USAID, they recently received a 20kW power pallet.
After a ten hour drive overland in the bed of a Hilux pickup, the staff built a block and tackle system and wrangled it to the ground, then chopped up some fuel by hand.
Right around that time, APL’s Richard Scott stopped in on his recent tour of Africa, and helped set up and commission their Power Pallet.
Now Chelinda can make electicity anytime on readily available biomass, for a fraction of the cost of what they were otherwise paying. And Richard? He was able to get in a little flyfishing.
Power Pallet Upgrades—Version 4.7 released November 1st
We’re constantly revising and upgrading at APL, making improvements to our products—so often, in fact, we usually forget to mention them. As a step to correct that, [...]