I’m planning to talk with the people behind All Power Labs this Wednesday on the Resilient Strategies Roundtable. They’ve done some excellent open source work on wood gasification for electricity and biochar production.
They’re even shipping a product called the power pallet (seen below) that significantly simplifies wood gasification technology at the personal level. These pallets ship in either the 10 kW or 20 kW versions, at a cost of <$2 a watt.
Our motivating goal is to deploy at scale a new type of energy product– a personal scale waste-to-energy appliance. Imagine a “PC of energy”, or a “washing machine of power”; a machine which intakes the waste biomass all around us, and converts it to multiple forms of power and products, right where they’re needed. Instead of hauling the biomass to a central utility for conversion, we’re bringing the machine to where the fuel already is, right where the users and needs already are.