You’ll spot solar panels, wind turbines, pedal power and innovative, low impact alternatives across the site. There’s solar powered phone charging at our Info Tent, and if you want to get skilled up, we have experts and workshops aplenty.
REsource, between the Campaigns Field & Assisted Access area
Tess and Dougal’s solar panels power wheelchairs and mobility scooters in addition to their half kilometre of LED festoon lights. The REsource fire engine has a tracking array and visible power system in a display cabinet on the side of the truck, so you can see how everything works. REsource has educational tools and toys to demonstrate how renewables work and – weather permitting – you can tell the time with their interactive sundial.
New for 2018 we had The REsource Hub
A hangout for renewable energy experts; pop in for a chat, browse the library, or book a one-to-one clinic session and get your alt tech dilemmas resolved! Part-funded by Suma Wholefoods (the UK’s biggest workers’ co-operative) and Weirdigans co-op and with volunteers sharing their knowledge of energy generation, energy storage and DC electrics, the Hub also hosted kids’ renewables workshops.
Windcraft – Traditional Greek-style Windmill, near the Craft area
A perfect balance of beauty and practicality, this direct drive windmill powers a drive shaft directly from the sails down the mast to a second drive shaft, allowing a broad range of machines to be powered by a connecting belt. We hope creator Robin Larkham will be on hand again in 2019 to demonstrate and answer questions.
SLiCK – Seriously Low Impact Solar Cooking, near the Triban stage
Daily workshops and demonstrations of panel cookers, solar ovens, evacuated tube and parabolic dish cookers… chance to cook your lunch in the sun’s rays and learn about how solar stoves can help communities across the world.
Low Impact Living Bender, in the Hill Village
Drop by this friendly space for a hands-on tutorial in bender making, 12-volt electrics, stove construction and various DIY engineering projects made from recycled parts. The space is run by Louise and Steve, who lived a handcart and bender lifestyle for many years. Steve is happy to share what he’s learnt from experience about watts, amps, AC/DC volts and electronics… as well as which wood burns hottest, which slowest and a whole host more low-impact-living tips.
Wild Stoves in the Permaculture zone
Demonstrations of rocket stoves, woodgas stoves and thermo-electric stoves, with workshops on clean combustion, stove design and biomass. Also mobile phone charging from solar PV (photo-voltaic), and a wood-powered thermo-electric mobile charger facility.