I met with one of the more interesting early-stage startups I’ve ran across this morning in East Austin. They’re nestled in a heavily wooded lot that’s a maker’s paradise. More to come on that, but here’s one of the more creative schematics: a sun oven mounted on a bicycle.
This chart was timely coming out of yesterday’s Texas Renewable Energy Industry Association’s (TREIA] energy forum. The forum addressed a lot of the challenges around “resource adequacy” and the power grid. Solar played a big a part in the discussions for some obvious reasons, but one of the things that resonated with me was the fixed price element. Both panels agreed, that’s something more conventional power can’t compete with. Other thoughts centered on solar’s growing pains, with most shrugging their shoulders at the cost of panels and global competition. I pulled the chart below from this report from McKinsey.
I think we’ve crossed the chasm. We’ve been without a microwave for several months now and I’m confident we’re not looking back. Jen sent me this piece on Mother Nature Network listing some pros and cons. The biggest challenge, though 1stworld-ish, might be the dishes stacking up because we use more pots for warming.
Again, not a huge issue, unless you also don’t own a dishwasher..like us. That probably won’t be long-term though — it was mostly driven by some ideas we had about renovating the kitchen. The other thing we use for heating things up is the sun oven. It takes a bit longer, but you just have to plan ahead a bit and give yourself a few more minutes. And don’t forget zero electricity..a big one if you’re keeping tabs on your usage.