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  • Biomass to Methanol on the village scale- B2M village
    a luxury it s another way to scavenge energy from the sensible heat the Biomass to Methanol process puts out It s position next to the B2m equipment makes harnessing the energy easier Laundry An important part of a sustainable community is hygiene basics like clean clothes We can achieve this energy intensive task with scavenged energy from the Biomass to Methanol process saving the community effort money and emissions Bakery As another energy intensive building the bakery is also positioned next to the B2M equipment to easily capture stray energy A member of the community will be awarded stewardship of a community essential like baking and will ask for or offer help from others as seasonal work fluctuates The B2M Village Project is an open source community based system of technologies and philosophies focused on building energy independent sustainable rural communities B2M Gasifier The first step of the B2M process is gasification the conversion of wood chips to gas The B2M village will make the technology easily maintainable with parts that can purchased at a typical hardware store and structure the community to capture the massive sensible heat that would be lost into the air Close B2M Compressor The second step is to compress the gas An important part of making this process work on the village scale is to leave the monitoring to computer managed programs freeing up the community s time to work on other things Close B2M Condensor The last step of the process is to condense the fuel This chemical process puts off a great deal of heat which can be captured to heat essential buildings and provide steam to power electricity generators Close Capturing Heat By arranging energy intensive buildings around the B2M equipment we are able to scavenge the heat incredible heat that is put off by the process and put it to use Laundry bathing baking and greenhouses are close by to capitalize on the energy Next houses are heated by piping hot water through the floor The last stop is as tepid water to irrigate ground crops Close Nature s Plan A big part of the stewardship of marginal land is to respect nature s intention for it An oak tree drops thousands of acorns in its attempt to seed a new tree and only a fraction will happen to land where an adult oak would thrive By transplanting a sprout to an ideal location we ve fulfilled nature s needs and we can responsibly feed the rest to the pigs which converts the land s resources into food for the two leggers Close Plants on Marginal Land The B2M village is designed to work on marginal lands since that is all that may be available to many communities Our flagship village Windward rests in the mountains of Washington at 1 000 ft elevation so the soil gets cold Terraces help expose the soil to the sun and keep roots warm Close Community and Social Bylaws An incredibly important part of

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  • Biomass to Methanol on the village scale- B2M village
    gal Proof of concept Fuel all cars tractors Fuel all needs extra to sell Start in forest production Read Full Article What are B2M s goals To develop energy independent communities through the sustainable utilization of sunshine rain and atmospheric carbon dioxide To support the growth of strong communities through ecosystem conservation and forest stewardship To enable communities to stop having to export non renewable resources and young people in

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  • Biomass to Methanol on the village scale- B2M village
    source science or ruminating on the power of creating the world we want to call home Walt Patrick project lead chemical engineering resident book worm I studied chemistry at a small college in eastern Tennessee and graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga I was working as a chemist at a carpet mill in northwestern Georgia when the Oil Embargo hit and the carpet industry collapsed almost over night because carpets are pretty much made out of oil That drove home the lesson that sustainable communities can t afford to gamble their survival on the importation of non renewable resources My years spent in Appalachia helped me see how poor rural communities were being drained of their natural resources and their talented young people I could see that it was essential that another path be developed one which used renewable resources such as sunshine rain and carbon dioxide to meet basic human needs Since then much of my life has been dedicated to exploring that path B2M is the best way I know of creating a sustainable energy system capable of breathing new life into rural communities I realized early on that the challenge of creating sustainable community was a group undertaking and for more than forty years I ve lived in intentional community it s not always been easy but it s never been dull It s a path that has allowed me to weave the strands of my life into a specific piece of land This journey has helped me understand how vital it is for people to place themselves between the land and the systems that are steadily grinding the land into dust along with the many lifeforms that depend on it I feel very fortunate to have found a group of people who are committed to stopping the destruction by using heart body and soul to say there s no trespassing on this land because here we stand As a steward I m committed to being one of those people Perhaps you are one too Ruben Schaer electrical engineering media editing resident programer I grew up and went to school in Switzerland one of the wealthiest and most industrialized nations of the world Surrounded by an urban environment that seemed saturated in design and technology my philosophical curiosity led me to study electronics I needed to understand this strange and engineered world that I was born into to understand the wizardry behind radio and television cellphones and computers Over the years I noticed the tendency of my home country to invite a rift between the natural and technical environment estranging humans from their most sacred existential needs and purposes I wanted no part in the future such a life held for me and felt a strong calling to explore a different path into a new world In 2009 I decided to leave Switzerland and have been on the adventure of a lifetime ever since I care about B2M because I believe that to understand nature

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  • Biomass to Methanol on the village scale- B2M village
    1000 gal Proof of concept Fuel all cars tractors Fuel all needs extra to sell Start in forest production Read Full Article What is Windward and what s its relationship to B2M Biomass2Methanol is designed to create an integrated comprehensive energy system for communities Windward is B2M s test bed community Since 1988 the Windward Education and Research Center has been stewarding 126 acres of pine fir oak forest located

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  • B2M - contact information
    response within a day but sometimes it could be a few days before you hear back If you don t get a reply within that timeframe then please resend your email It also helps if you start the message subject with PING since that will flag your email as a real message instead of spam Every message deserves a response and if you re not getting one then something s

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  • Project Overview
    connect the glucose units that form the long cellulose molecules Some animals such as sheep and termites have developed organs with the capacity to host enzyme producing bacteria These symbiotic bacteria break cellulose down into sugars which can then be digested In the brick building metaphor the bricks in the building represent the cellulose in the wood and the mortar represents the lignin The first step in repurposing an outdated brick building is to take a wrecking ball and knock the brick wall into pieces The rubble is then loaded into wheelbarrows and taken to a processing area This step is analogous to the gasification step in B2M in which wood is broken down through pyrolysis into a mixture of gases and tar A wrecking ball would break down the structure of a brick wall but the rubble would consist mostly of clumps of bricks rather than individual bricks The second step in repurposing our brick building would be to break up those clumps and to knock off any mortar clinging to the bricks In our metaphor this step is analogus to the process used to reform wood gas by breaking wood gas down into its most fundamental components 8210 hydrogen and carbon monoxide Part of this work is accomplished via the reactor s design as tars and complex organic compounds are drawn through a bed of glowing carbon which breaks them down into single carbon compounds Another part happens in a subsequent process known as autothermal steam reformation which uses oxygen and high temperature steam to crack carbon dioxide and water into carbon monoxide and hydrogen Once our bricks are clean and separate they can be used to build a new brick wall that will serve our purposes better than the old configuration One difference between this metaphor and

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  • Biomass to Methanol
    What is B2M s Biomass Source What is the Analog How can I support this work Key Concepts What is Biofuel What is Biomass What is a Negawatt What is Obtainium What is SynGas Some Wiki definitions What is Gasification What is Producer Gas What is SynGas Chemical Pathways An Overview What is the Fischer Tropsch route What is the Purox route What is the LPMeOH route What is the

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  • Website Activity Log
    Compressor March 22 2014 8210 Sourcing Biomass from Windward s forest January 11 2014 8210 An Introduction to the Biomass Compressor s control computer December 26 2013 8210 Floating Foundation detailing the creation of a floating foundation style mount for the internal combustion engine that will drive the hydraulic pump December 15 2013 8210 December Update detailing the mounting of Stage 1 of the Biomass Compressor onto the side of PowerLab November 17 2013 8210 November Update detailing the installation of a new metal cover roof on PowerLab to insure a dry space for the Biomass Compressor s control equipment along with a green house like side structure to provide a wet weather home for the compressor July 19 2013 8210 July Update discussing the acquisition of a small high pressure compressor and the start of using it to pressure test components November 7 2012 8210 added section called B2M Conversations along with a discussion from the Gasification email list of an NPR article entitled Sweden Wants Your Trash October 14 2012 description of the biomass compressor s ancestor our wood splitter September 20 2012 description of the solenoid controlled hydraulic valves July 27 2012 8210 added parts list section

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