OK guys. I know the 'Permastove Kitchen' (PK) is a bit appley but the Universal Pot Stand (UPS) is designed for ergonomics (you can sit on a chair while you cook), small or large manufacturing, bolt-on modularity, logistics (it can be packed down), durability (2.5mm 304 ss), suitability for most stainless cookware and is stove agnostic aka as the TLUD 'Permastove Burner' or other TLUDs or other stoves evolve over the years, the UPS should stand the test of time.
The 'Permastove Burner' (PB) is multi-fuel biomass capable, and should give a long burn time with biomass pellets. Still passive with no electronics to break and complicate things. Should also be clean burning with no smoke. Could be also coupled to a miniaturised 'Thermo acoustic Stirling engine' for 1kW output to charge a solid-state power bank for when the sun aint shining and the power bank is running low. Could work on Mars too and whatever future exoplanets we may happen to colonise. Any biomass can be made into pellets - for starters, why not Cyanobacteria?
Both the UPS and PB are adapted to South Australian manufacturing. After 6 months of testing the 'Flat Permastove' - I had to make the call. Do I go with the easiest manufacturing via a 2D laser cutter with many parts and ordinary biochar recovery or do I make a new TLUD as one part, all welded together, using the 'Tread Lightly' TLUD (3D metal printed as one part but too exxy ATM) as an example, with easy biochar recovery and emptying after a burn into water in a stainless steel bucket? There's also higher job creation with this design if it goes commercial.
There was also the supply chain issue which led me from the Kon-Tiki 'Rolls' biochar kiln to the Kon-Tiki 'Essential' biochar kiln. So I thought to myself - bugger it. I'll stick to the PK and if the supply chains go cactus, I'll adapt the design to the new conditions. I would love SA to produce green 304 sheet and tube 'Green steel'.
This is the closest I've got to energy freedom and independence so far...and the PB removes Carbon from the atmosphere in the form of biochar - a very handy material with practically unlimited applications.
A combination of Carbon Negative Technology (CNT) that permanently 'removes' C, such as the PK, scaled up, and the 'Ancient sunlight lever' pulled in Australia (see Blog from October 13,2023) could make an enormous impact on 'preventing' global Carbon emissions at the source (as there are 1.4 billion tonnes of CO2 emission equivalents in the fossil project pipeline in Oz, according to the Australia Institute). If the lever doesn't get pulled and fossil companies 'voluntarily' decided not to expand or build new projects they could possibly 'offset' their own future operation emissions that didn't happen (though, pick a figure) - though it would be presumably financially neutral (buy ACCUs from themselves and sell subsidised ACCUs to themselves at the same time) - but not for the Gov - a ridiculous scenario with no financial incentive to divest into CNT. Unless the fossil companies wanted to green their image with ESG and work towards building a sustainable Planet? There would again be little financial incentive to do so - unless of course CNTs became more profitable than fossil, which they probably will be in the future with the added financial bonus of global Carbon Removal Marketplaces. The problem though is fossil is still cheap (coupled to a sustainable profit eg.SAP) and as more mostly developing countries get hooked on a fossil future and build out the fossil infrastructure a slow energy transition becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Also there's the science - fossil is a product that when combusted anywhere in the world produces C emissions that increase global warming and climate change everywhere...
So, why not just pull the 'Ancient sunlight lever', drop the offset program in the Climate Safeguard Mechanism (CSM) and replace it with Australian Carbon Removal Credit Units (ACRCUs) for real C removal, recarbonising industry and the economy?
Although Industry 4.0 is exciting, the energy transformation currently underway around the Globe I believe is more exciting. Fossil fuel is in decline and new ways of producing green and clean energy are being explored. If Australia wants to be taken seriously at future COP gatherings, we need logical and consistent energy policies aligned to Planetary goals. The fossil future advocates shouldn't get too many (?any) places at the table. But - I'm with Jared Diamond in his book 'Collapse' on this one - large corporations shouldn't be ignored as like it or not they are also agents of change (though not necessarily in the right/best direction - but that can change and is changing too but lets face it - we have to stop burning fossil fuels). The right wing media can fool some Australians but most of the world doesn't care. Gaia doesn't care. I don't care how the transition is done and who makes a fortune doing it - as long as it's ethical and repurposes C in our supply chains. Change is the only constant and we need to change the current climate temperature trajectory in our favour. Despite all the wars happening now around the world, climate change is still arguably the biggest issue and shouldn't be underestimated as a catalyst for more wars. I hope Oz has some great greentech to show off at COP28 to distract everyone else from our confusing and paradoxical climate policies!