Paul calls up some of his usual suspects from his patreons (Katie, Kyle, and Mark) along with a couple of new comers (Joshua and Weston, although the latter's mic was on the fritz) for the latest iteration of the permaculture smackdown, with a more hard-hitting focus on renewable power sources.
As people continue to demand batteries and solar panels, there’ll be continuous demand to provide cheaper, better versions of them that produce and store more for less money and raw materials, or indeed just cheaper materials. Both have seen major improvements in the last few years, with solar panels producing vastly more power and being recycled much more, while batteries see steady improvement with a lot of money being thrown towards researching a replacement for the expensive, toxic, and difficult to extract lithium, whilst battery recycling takes off properly.
Katie raises the concern that, despite her ascension into permie-dom and the acquisition of all the skills and experience that comes with that, a lot of people, specifically those that aren’t accustomed to building their own stuff, will just want to get a luxuriant Rocket Mass Heater built and installed for them from a catalogue rather than going all the way and building one and gathering fuel for it. If that sounds like your jam, check the links below for a list of builders that can sort you out. Another knock for commercial RMHs is that they can’t currently be plugged into a thermostat, so someone that just wants to throw money at the problem now has to also spend time feeding it rather than just kicking back and watching telly or something. Even using a pellet hopper means that you’ll occasionally have to get up and refill the thing with wood pellets making it a step away from a true fire-and-forget solution.
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