GEK Philippines: Introduction to Gasification, GEK Building, Power Pallet Run, Tropical Fuel Trials

Intro Lecture: Wednesday, August 11th, 7:30-9:30PM
Build, Run and Test: Thursday and Friday, August 12th-13th, 10am - 6pm


Tuwâ The Laughing Fish,
Guapito St.,
Barangay Santa Rita,
Nueva Ecja,

ALL Power Labs is taking the show on the road this summer. We're offering our first ever gasification workshop outside of the US in the Philippines next month. This hands-on workshop is being graciously hosted by John Vermeulen and Penelope Reyes of Tuwâ The Laughing Fish, an Eco-homestead and Sustainability Center in Cabiao, Philippines. This will be the first event at their new sustainability training center.

Hopefully this workshop will be easier to attend for those in Asia interested in the GEK, than travelling all the way to APL in California. Flights into Manila from most of East and Southeast Asia seem in the $200 range on local carriers. The Tuwâ farm in Cabiao is about 90km north of Manila.

The workshop will be run on the same model as our events in California. As usual, we'll combine basic information, training demonstration and hands-on experience running small-scale biomass gasification equipment. We'll have a full GEK Power Pallet on hand, as well as one other stand alone basic GEK, and plan to run a variety of local biomass materials through them over the two days of the workshop. Here's the Power Pallet currently in our shop which we're sending out tomorrow on the swift boat to the Philippines (actually, the plane).

The workshop will begin with an evening talk on the science and engineering of gasification, and considerations for successful small scale gasifier installations in the developing world. We'll go through the specific design intents and capabilities of the Power Pallet, and how it can combine electricity generation, heat and mechanical shaft power in a single energy machine. We'll similarly explore the GEK manufacturing method, and how it can enable local manufacturing of gasification and pyrolysis machines of many designs. Everyone will get a packet with lots of explanatory information and graphics. All attendees leave with a good foundation in the basics of gasification and pyrolysis.

The hands-on workshop will continue for two days after the opening talk. Participants will learn how to operate and maintain the GEK gasifier and Power Pallet. We'll explore the particulars of feedstock sourcing and pre-processing, and the specific challenges of operating gasifiers in the tropics. John and the folks at Tuwâ are particularly interested in bamboo as gasifier fuel, and I look forward to finally having an opportunity to experiment with it. Other projects will surely arise and develop in relation to the interests of attendees.

The workshop will be of relevance for local project developers, academics, students, international development consultants, farmers, food coops, alt energy entrepreneurs, and others interested in the powers of local self-determination.

Read more here
See more images of the 10kw GEK Power Pallet Gasifier-Genset sent over to the Philippines here


The workshop fee is $100 payable to ALL Power Labs via to gek at

Accommodations and food are paid to Tuwâ The Laughing Fish on arrival, at the rates below:

DAY TRIP: Php 350 / USD 7.50 for 1 day only,(food included)
DAY TRIP: Php 600 / USD 13.00 for 2 days, (food included)
OVERNIGHT: Php 1,500 / USD 33.00 for 2 days, (food included)
ADDITIONAL NIGHT: Php 700 / USD 15.00 per night, (food included)

R.S.V.P. - via email to: John Vermeulen – juanvermillion at on or before August 9, 2010. Overnight accommodations are limited to 20 slots and another 20 slots for day visitors. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis.

Special Note: We serve vegetarian food & observe a non-smoking & drinking policy on site. All accommodation is shared. Internet service is available.


juanvermillion at, jim at

Other Upcoming Workshops:

We're getting increasing requests to hold the APL gasification workshop weekends elsewhere in the world. This sounds like a great idea, so we're agreeing to most requests. There needs to be some GEK machinery on your end to make it meaningful, as well as some people who want to explore the issues for localizing the technology. If you have these particulars, or want to consider assembling these particulars, write us and we can explore the options.

Here's the list of international workshops currently planned or under active consideration. More to come soon.

Jim Mason