The new v5.0 GEK Gasifier and Power Pallet
Now with 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 [...]
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, [...]
Making energy From “waste”– a case study in corn from Uganda
As part of Richard Scott’s recent African field trip, he stopped in to help Pamoja Cleantech set up their new Power Pallets in Kampala, Uganda. This project–as well as the previous one discussed in Liberia, and the one we’ll report on soon from Malawi– are all proof of concept projects for a larger roll out of rural electrification in Africa using biomass gasification.
Pamoja Cleantech’s gasifiers (Pamoja means “together as one” in Swahili) are running on corn cobs, with the energy being used to power a corn flour mill and various other purposes. But it’s far more than that–this is perhapsthe best realized example we’ve yet seen of how a Power Pallet can turn “waste” into added value for downstream agricultural users.
The Pamoja CleanTech project, funded in part by the Govt. of Sweden, UNIDO, and in partnership with Makarere University, among others, aims to demonstrate on a commercial basis a unified “village hub” model of energy production, consumption, and value addition. As they note, some 500% of the value in agricultural products is generated during processing. So tapping into that, and using agricultural waste as fuel, can create [...]
Power Pallet Case Study: Liberia
In recent months there’s been a noticable spike in the interest in our Power Pallets, especially from places where energy is either very expensive, or not available at all. That’s certainly the case in Liberia, in West Africa, where buying energy from the grid ( when available ) is more than $.50USD per kWh. While recovery from the past civil strife is occurring and the outlook is bright; there’s still a lot more work to be done.
But a while ago a former APL staffer ( Yoav Palatnik) teamed up with a local entrepreneur ( Vickson Korlewala) to take on this challenge, and what they’ve accomplished is deeply impressive.
They founded EcoPower Liberia , and funded by a grant from Winrock International via USAID (part of the broader Liberia Energy Sector Support Project) EcoPower Liberia and a bunch of students known as the “biomass brothers” are bringing electricity back to the Liberia’s technical college, the Booker Washington Institute. In July, the students fired up their two new Power Pallets, and as soon as they were making power, immediately grabbed shovels, pickaxes, and PVC pipe. Their goal? To install an instant “micro-grid” to an adjoining building, [...]
APL has been on the road of late, doing demonstrations and installations in West Africa and elsewhere. We’ve come home to a pile of newspaper clippings, here are a few to share:
Liberia, The News, July 9, 2013
Nigeria, The Guardian, July 25
Gasification PowerExchange Workshop #13: August 9-11, 2013Gasification Workshop Weekend: APL 5th Anniversary Celebration, AR training, Reports from the field.
Gasification Lecture and Demo: Friday, 4:00-6:00PMAPL 5th Birthday Party: Friday, 7:00-10:00pmHands-on programs: Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 7pmAuthorized Representative info seminar and dinner: Saturday night, 7pm
Workshop Cost: Free for GEK or Power Pallet owners, otherwise $150 for Newbies. AR dinner not included. RSVP and/or pay here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6812136283Location: ALL Power Labs, 1010 Murray Street. Berkeley, CAAdditional Info for sign up, travel and accommodations at end of email.
Our 5th Anniversary Gasification Workshop Weekend is coming up in a little over two weeks from now. We hope you will join us for more of the usual learning and fun, as well as some interesting new work we’ll be revealing at the event.
The workshop this round will focus on the three major areas of APL effort for 2013:
1. New features now shipping with the Power Pallet2. Reports from the field: Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya, Italy, Indonesia, and ???3. Authorized Representative info and training
The workshop will offer general demos and instruction in GEK and Power Pallet systems, as well as the usual deep tour down the rabbit hole [...]
Job Postings: Five seats now open: Global Sales (2), Engineering (2), Facilities (1) We’re hiring—again—and hiring a lot to boot. We have five full time positions listed in this note: everything from global sales specialists, to mechanical and electrical engineering, to facility support staff. APL is currently 32 full time people and soon we hope to be 37, maybe including you. We always prefer to hire from within the GEK community when possible, so even if the postings aren’t a good fit for you, do send them along to folks you think would be.
Please give these a close read, as there’s much here of interest. For those who enjoy the intersection of international business development and building personal relationships, take a look at the Global Sales Specialist postings. The global interest in what we make can’t be overstated, and deciding how to eat this elephant of an opportunity will be a richly rewarding experience for the right candidate. For those more interested in the physical realm, in the current round we’re announcing two full time positions in our core engineering group. We have too many new projects and products on the horizon, and we need to expand [...]
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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 prize.
We’ll also [...]
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 [...]
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 “email@example.com“. If you are coming from out of town we can help you logistics. Surprisingly, people fly in internationally just for the day quite frequently!