The innovation addresses one of the main barriers to entry for consumers who may want to get rid of gas in their homes, but either don’t want or can’t afford to overhaul their electrical systems. It also means that the stove’s battery could potentially serve as power storage for the rest home and even feed power back to the grid in much the same way that solar panels do when paired with batteries.
Impulse has not announced a price for the range and is not yet taking orders, but as the cost of lithium-ion batteries has declined, products like this have become more feasible, especially with the the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, which includes a 30 percent tax credit for home battery installations. D’Amico said on Twitter that the range’s battery will have a capacity of more than 3 kilowatt-hours, so it may qualify for the new residential battery incentive.
Reduced emissions are far from the only benefit of induction stoves. A growing body of research shows the harmful impacts that burning fossil gas in homes has on human health, especially young children. Chemicals such as benzene and other air pollutants, which are linked to diseases such as cancer and greater risk of asthma, have been found to leak from gas stoves, but more than 40 million homes in the U.S. are still cooking with them.
Electrical loads aside, consumer preference has been another significant barrier to adoption. Electric stoves have long evoked disdain from both home and professional chefs who believe cooking with gas produces superior results. This is in no small part due to the efforts of the fossil fuel industry to sway public opinion. But there’s a growing movement underway to demonstrate that these new-generation ranges are better not only for the climate and human health, but also for making great food.
Ultimately, the success of this new consumer product will hinge on its cost-competitiveness with gas stoves as well as increased consumer demand for cleaner, more efficient and climate-friendly technologies. But for now, check out this video of Impulse’s stove boiling a liter of water in 40 seconds, which is pretty remarkable.