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 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, to support [...]
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 [...]