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All Power LabsLocal Carbon Network

Friday, December 13th, 5-7 pm
FREE!  But please RSVP here.


Chestnuts will likely roast, and walnut shells will certainly thermally convert into Electricity, Heat and Biochar, at this year’s All Power Labs and Local Carbon Network holiday party. 

In year’s past, we’ve celebrated the end of another year deconstructing fire into its constituent components with CHP hot tubs, GEK kit welding marathons, and gasifier powered pyrotechnics.  This year we’re “simply” demoing our master synthesis between a multi-gen biochar making machine and the entry of its biochar into a climate optimized co-composting solution.  Thermodynamics and Biology- together at last!  

Attendees at this FREE event will get to meet the APL and LCN teams, see both the PP30 and our new prototype CHARtainer in operation.  Yes, we are finally developing a large shipping container-based Biochar optimized system, and have the prototype currently operating on site.  

The new CHARtainer is built for 10x the biomass throughput capacity of the Power Pallet, and 30x the Biochar output.  It is a multi-stage pyrolyzer that is focussed on making the fancy high temp, Tar-Free, Geo-Conductor char which we have found so powerful for co-composting purposes.  And it comes with a clean-burning, regulatory emissions meeting flare with native heat exchanger integration, for Combined Biochar and Heat applications.

We plan to deploy a couple of pilot projects with this machine in California during 2020.  We invite others interested in early testing/proving projects to write for more info on what we’re up to.  

The Open House also marks the last day of our 40-30-20 $15,000 discount promotion for 2020 Power Pallet sales.  We’ve made machine reservations very easy with the highly reduced deposit requirement of $5,500.  We’re trying to make it attractive for you to book reservations, so we can present a full queue to our supply chain vendors.  And thus get the volume cost and price of this product headed back in the downward direction. 

For more information on this sale, and/or to reserve a machine for the coming year, see the promotional announcement here, or write us at

Co-composting with Biochar for Agronomic & Climate Benefit
The highlight of these Open House events is Austin’s talk on deep Biochar esoterica and its interactions with composting systems.  Austin has developed the most broad and powerful synthesis of Biochar parameters and optimizations that I have seen to date.  Many others in the field have been similarly impressed.  So come see the curtains pulled back, and the Grail shine forth in blinding clarity! 

More practically, if you’ve had unpleasant experiences with composting (foul odors, slow decomposition, vermin, flies, angry neighbors, etc.) come see how that can be fixed.  We’ll be showing off our new in-house composting experiment, where you can see the effects of co-composting biochar vs composting without biochar in a side-by-side comparison.


Some links for those who can’t make it, or want to do their homework beforehand:
 1.  “All Biochars are not Created Equal” Intro to the APL biochar scenario.

2.  Open House Biochar Presentation Austin’s deck from the last round of this talk.  Updates for this Friday still in process.

3. “A Perspective on Terra Preta and Biochar”  Austin’s longer synthesis and deep dive into both historic Terra Preta and our contemporary options.

   The “master integration” combines this co-composting process with APL CHP machinery to transform biomass residues into multiple types of value and climate impact.  Adding the co-composting scenario out the end significantly multiplies the carbon drawdown impact of the biochar generated.  By optimizing for “active biological sequestration of carbon”, each unit of carbon put into the system can multiply to many units of CO2e impact.  And as it is a living solution both above and below ground, the benefits grow and compound over time.  

“Carbon Sequestration with Benefits” is a very different scenario than the various inert CO2 storage scenarios or simple reuse of CO2 post-capture.  The revelation is we can “seed” carbon systems to do the drawdown work for us, at 10s of X of multiples beyond our original action.  And we can identify the pathways and scenarios which will have the greatest multiplier effects.

These carbon multiplier pathways are summarized in the flow chart below.   The chart assumes the current 5% biochar yield rate of the APL electricity and heat focused equipment.  Higher yield rates are of course possible with other types of biochar focused equipment, like the prototype CHARtainer onsite.

Biomass to Biochar to Cocomposting Flow Rev 01

So come join us Friday while we explore the odd path of Burning things to save the world, in close collaboration with soil microbes and their symbiotic plant friends.

Facility tours start at 5pm.  Talk starts at 6pm.  Event goes to at least 7pm, and usually later.  We’re at 1010 Murray Street, Berkeley, CA
Please RSVP here so we know who is coming.

Jim Mason
All Power Labs
Founder, CEO

All Power Labs and Local Carbon Network

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