November 21, 2004: Headlines: COS - Cameroon: Science: Inventions: Energy: Biomass: Alternate Energy: Times Argus: Cameroon RPCV Carl Bielenberg is working for a better world

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Cameroon RPCV Carl Bielenberg is working for a better world

Cameroon RPCV Carl Bielenberg is working for a better world

Cameroon RPCV Carl Bielenberg is working for a better world

Working for a better world

November 21, 2004


EAST CALAIS Mention the word technology and most people immediately think of computers, cell phones, and the shift toward an increasingly digitalized world. Not so for inventor Carl Bielenberg. In his mind, a technological advance is just a better, more efficient way of achieving a goal.

Working out of a small shop in East Calais, Bielenberg has spent the better half of his life inventing and modifying tools to promote economic development. And while many of the creations from his Better World Workshop have been put to use in Vermont, they've also proven useful in other areas of the world.

Crammed into every nook and cranny of the barn-sized workshop next to his home are large metal machines, chains, pulleys, and a myriad of hand tools. As Bielenberg maneuvered his tall frame through a narrow path of pipes and engine components, he described some of his more recent projects.

"Since about 1994, I've been doing experiments on vegetable oil as a substitute for diesel fuel, and that's beginning to have a real groundswell of interest," Bielenberg said while pointing to a small diesel engine at the far end of the shop.

But the real pride of Better World Workshop is the biomass gasifier, which is under development. When completed, the machine will burn wood and other biomass solids to create a gas useful for generating electricity. The end result: enough juice to power approximately 50 to 75 typical American homes.

"There's a nucleus of interest present in the public services department of the state of Vermont," Bielenberg said. "But also now most of the states have funds for promoting renewable electric power generation. And of course biomass is a renewable fuel, and it's also a carbon neutral fuel, meaning the trees assimilate carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the same quantity that's released when they're burned, and so it's very advantageous from the standpoint of global warming."

Bielenberg's work in the field of biomass gasification has the potential to drastically reshape the way in which communities acquire energy. On a smaller scale, he has already produced a high-pressure biomass steam boiler that generates approximately 3 kilowatts of electricity, or, enough to power a small African village. If things go as Bielenberg hopes, his full-size biomass gasifier will find a place in cities and towns around Vermont and the globe.

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By bill jenkins ( on Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 6:44 pm: Edit Post

Dear People,

I would like tto obtain the e-mail address of carl bielenberg of East Calais, vt.

Thank you,


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