Monday, March 11, 2013

About Us:

By jove there is no About Us on this blog!  No “who we are” or “what do we like for dinner”, what’s up with that?

My name is Nathan Wrzesinski, I am the creator of Project Upcycle,  I like Chicken Cordon Bleu, with a fat cut of salt cured ham in the middle and don’t skimp on the cheese.

But never mind that, more importantly, WHAT we are:

Project Upcycle is a renewable energies project with the mission of teaching people how they can implement renewable energies into their lives cheaply and easily.

"Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.” -Wikipedia

We have been working for the past several years out of an apartment with no real room to build the bigger projects. Recently we have been afforded the use of a sun drenched lot in South Austin, Texas!

We used to have ambitions of teaching the world everything we knew about renewable energies. Hundreds of projects to plan, start, document, and post. There was no focus and everything was just a big pile of eco junk with future ambitions of maybe getting used in a project someday after we amassed more eco junk. We got nowhere with the project.

Now we are streamlining our plans. Solar, Worms, and Aquaponics (all in the end feeding the aquaponics system) From WASTE. So we are using trash cleaning up the environment building devices to clean up the environment and help feed the world. Sounds good to me.

The profit that the project makes gets invested back into the project, allowing us to improve, buy tools and equipment, and allowing us to put more into the research and development of renewable energy systems so that we can design an upcycled version and bring it to you!

Our main focus is sustainability, so we are starting at the most basic system, and building up to the final system. For now, solar powered projects have priority over the aquaponic gardens, but they will all get their light in time.
We are different because we want to teach you how you can do everything we do, and we want to build it all from waste. Every Kilowatt/hour of electricity that is generated sustainably, saves one pound of co2 from being created. The end mission isn’t profits, This isn’t “Project Upcycle: Think positive, change your life.”
This is “Project Upcycle: Think Positive, change the WORLD.”

We think that the end impact to the Earth that plays host to us is more important than money. We try to use as many upcycled materials as possible, with as much of the remaining materials acquired from sustainable sources as practical. Sure it costs a little more now, but in the end it costs a whole lot less than cleaning up environmental damage. Most people have a “not my chair, not my problem” approach to life. Except when you DON’T use sustainable goods, you directly contribute to the damage being done. So, it kind of is your problem, but that’s OK! because we are here to help!


Our volunteer base is what allows us to do such fantastic things without having to hire a swarm of specialists. We need people that are interested in learning about renewable energies on a deeper level than “photovotaics make light from the sun, neato huh?” We are looking for people interested in building these systems for their own house. Someone who wants to install a photovoltaic array to their shop, a solar convection heater in the garage, or get some hands on experience with the solar dehydration/gasification waste processing system! Put in six hours and we will sustain ably make you lunch. put in enough hours and we will help you build your system. Someone once said “Lavarse los manos, one hand washes the other.” We took that to heart, so if you wash our hands, we will wash yours...sustainably.


Vermicompost is one of our  primary objectives at the current time. Using worms, we are able to compost all of our organic waste into nutrient rich castings which can be spread out over a garden to give it an extra boost, or used as the entire growing medium for your plants! The worms just eat and breed, so eventually we will be at capacity to harvest enough worms to start feeding a group of fish. who will in turn feed a crop of plants, who will feed the people to feed the worms with our waste!

Solar is the main focus for Project Upcycle. Not just photovoltaic, but parabolic trough, solar convection,  parabolic steam , OxyHydrogen production via solar electrolysis and more. The sun provides enough energy to power the world, so why are we burning all of this coal that could become diamonds, or oil that could be used to make better plastics and revolutionize the packaging world . Instead it gets turned into exhaust as we burn through it like wildfire rocketing down the road at 80mph.
We can do better with our resources.

Fight the Fear! :
The main fear with photovoltaic solar is cost, and most of that cost is derived from the batteries to store the charge at night so you can use your electricity while the sun is entertaining the other side of the world. With Project Upcycle, you don’t have to immediately take the jump completely off grid. We can take parts of your house off grid, saving on your electricity bill and getting a taste of renewable energy. If you don’t like it, you aren’t out 25 grand. If you do like it (which you will) then we can help you get the best bang for your buck. We want to work with you to come up with the best solution for you at the best price. Want to do it yourself? We can teach you everything you need to know, and we can help you get the parts you need from renewable sources.

What did you want to take off grid? The Refrigerator? The Bathroom? Everything but the kitchen sink? One step at a time, or hit the ground running, you can make changes at a rate that you are comfortable with.

We are Project Upcycle, our mission is to teach people how they can implement renewable energies into their lives cheaply and easily. We believe that the state of the Earth playing host to us is more important than personal gain.

Think Positive, Change the World.
-Nathan Wrzesinski