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energy coffee energy and #viromecaravan

In case you bothered checking the links, then possibly you noticed the section to do with possible ways for generating energy.

There are 2 options mentioned on that page:
Windpal – which seems to be permanently out of stock. (is this another way of saying “out of business”?)
a youtube link to someone that makes DIY energy generating devices which, on the videos, look fairly cool.
Curiously though, while professing to view the stuff as open source, there are a fair few asterix that come with that:
Open source you need to pay (to the channel) in case one fancies more detailed descriptions and some such.
Is this how opensource – as an idea and practice – is evolving with the help of google ways of android being Opensource under our control and say so?

On top of the 2 options above – which seem to offer deadended roads,
there are – which seems both expensive and somehow not yet in production.
and – which seems curious since the company’s uk site seems down, their page on amazon (i know..) offers the same product that’s on for $135 at the .com site, for over £200 –
all of which sounds a bit, well, shall we say dodgy?

I wonder if there’s a solarpunk place that could offer a solution..?
For a bit about solarpunk:

..and thew cafe in the title?
Well.. That’s my current way to get energy on the move. Get a coffee at a cafe and charge devices up.
However, it’s limiting, limited and in case of an upcoming lockdown –
there will be no way to get electricity charged.

(was looking at ways to connect into electric vehicle charging points – no joy there as well.)

Wonder if thie whole episode illustrates how energy production is reliant on large networks. A situation through which we get a by-product of having to be limited in how, when, when and where we move to?
(that’s not saying they control, a distance from by product. Like the fact we get poisons coming out of certain engines, means not the production of these things was intended – designed – to kill us..)