First-Time User Shares Video

Posted on February 20th, 2015

Betsy of the US Southwest shared this video of the first time she used her oven and this sweet note.

“I used mine for the first time a couple days ago, as I am a science geek and wanted to experiment. The ambient outdoor temperature ranged from 49-80 during the time the oven was in use. It heated up quickly, and got tomato sauce and boneless pork chops bubbling within no time! I even submitted a video to Melinda. As I live in the southwest, and bake bread, etc., almost every day. This will be a savior in the summer to save electricity!”

Show us how you’re using your Sunflair!

A clever cooking tip and marinade from Sunflair® cook, Wendy of Motueka, New Zealand.

Posted on February 13th, 2015
“Yay, I have nailed it… I put 3 little concrete sample blocks {70 x 70cm} in the bottom of the enamel pot, then an upside down side plate, then Honey soy marinated chicken drums on top & popped in solar oven. Not being in any fluid during cooking they were perfect & moist, so exciting. I am in Motueka , New Zealand.”

Thank you for sharing and doesn’t it look delicious!

honey soy marinated chicken

Boiling Water in a SUNFLAIR®

Posted on January 26th, 2015

boiling water in solar ovenWe’re frequently asked if it’s possible to boil water in the SUNFLAIR® Solar Oven. The answer is YES!

There are some cool physics going on. It is similar to boiling water in a kitchen oven. Since the heat radiates around the pot, the bubbles also radiate around the interior of the pot. This is different from a stove that has a single heat source from the bottom, thus producing bubbles from the bottom. The hottest a stove top will reach is 212 F/100 C. The photo shows piping hot water, boiled in a Sunflair.

World Record For Wind Power in Denmark

Posted on January 15th, 2015

wind-denmark-638x478Below is an article reprinted from thinkprogress.org. Denmark is on track to get 50% of its electricity from renewable resources by 2020. Wow!

Denmark has been long been a pioneer in wind power, having installed its first turbines in the mid-1970s when oil shocks sent the import-dependent nation on a quest for energy security. Thirty-seven years later, the country has set a new world record for wind production by getting 39.1 percent of its overall electricity from wind in 2014. This puts the Northern European nation well on track to meet its 2020 goal of getting 50 percent of its power from renewables.

The news of Denmark’s feat adds to the national records the U.K. and Germany set for 2014 and further establishes Europe as a leader in the wind power industry. This is especially true when it comes to offshore resources, as countries like Scotland, England, and Denmark build out their offshore wind farms. Wind generated enough electricity to power just over 25 percent of U.K. homes in 2014 — a 15 percent increase from 2013. In December, Germany generated more wind power, 8.9 terawatt-hours, than in any previous month.

A big source of the surge of Denmark’s wind production this year came from the addition of around 100 new offshore wind turbines. In January of 2014, the peninsular country got just over 61 percent of its power from wind. This is more than three times the overall production of 10 years ago, when wind only made up 18.8 percent of the energy supply. The country has a long-term goal of being fossil fuel-free by 2050.
“We have set a one-of-a-kind world record,” said Denmark’s Climate and Energy Minister Rasmus Helveg Petersen. “And it shows that we can reach our ultimate goal, namely to stop global warming.”

While Peterson may be getting ahead of himself with his enthusiastic statements — as it would be impossible for Denmark to stop global warming even if the small country had zero emissions — Denmark is nonetheless charting one of the most ambitious national paths towards greenhouse gas mitigation. The government has a goal of reducing GHGs by 40 percent by 2020 compared to 1990. According to the government, they are on track to reduce emissions by 37 percent.

Through expanding wind power and converting more heat pumps and power plants to use biomass, the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building believes that the country could get 71 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. In 2000, that share was just 16 percent. Electricity only makes up around a tenth of Denmark’s total energy usage, which is overall still dominated by fossil fuels. This ratio is steadily shifting, especially when it comes to coal, use of which is supposed to drop by about 57 percent from 2012 to 2020.

UN Backed Study: Phase out fossil fuels by 2100

Posted on November 2nd, 2014

fossil fuelThe following is an edited version of an article by the BBC:

The unrestricted use of fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, a UN-backed expert panel says.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says in a stark report that most of the world’s electricity can – and must – be produced from low-carbon sources by 2050.

If not, the world faces “severe, pervasive and irreversible” damage.

The UN said inaction would cost “much more” than taking the necessary action.

The report says that reducing emissions is crucial if global warming is to be limited to 2C – a target acknowledged in 2009 as the threshold of dangerous climate change.

The report suggests renewables will have to grow from their current 30% share to 80% of the power sector by 2050.

In the longer term, the report states that fossil fuel power generation without carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology would need to be “phased out almost entirely by 2100″.

“Science has spoken,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. “There is no ambiguity in their message. Leaders must act. Time is not on our side.”

“There is a myth that climate action will cost heavily,” said Mr Ban, “but inaction will cost much more.”

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