There’s not just one ‘renewable energy area’ at our festival – the whole event is a renewable energy showcase!
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.
The REsource Hub, near Speakers’ Forum
You can’t miss the solar fire engine! Tess and Dougal’s solar panels power wheelchairs and mobility scooters in addition to their half kilometre of LED festoon lights. The unique 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.
The REsource Hub tent next to the fire engine is a hangout for renewable energy experts; pop in for a chat, browse the library, join in a workshop, share skills or book a one-to-one clinic session and get your alt tech dilemmas resolved!
In 2019 REsource Hub workshops will include:
- DC Electrics. Dave Hainsworth will be going through basic battery maintenance and monitoring with a few calculations and safety tips when working with 12V electrics.
- Off Grid Solar Q&A. Experts who install off grid power systems will be available to answer questions with handouts about all the components of a power systems.
- Off Grid Washing Hacks. Tracy and Mel take you through the great journey of empowerment from laborious hand washing through to pedal powered washing machines and the end point of solar arrays and appliances that will do the job for you. Plus, make your own washing dolly.
- Arduino Workshop. Learn about Arduino hacking. Set up simple sensors, infra red and light, control motors and more. Nothing required but feel free to bring laptop and arduino if you have them.
- Kids’ Energy Workshops. Human circuit, mini sundials and pinwheels.
Windcraft – Traditional Greek-style Windmill
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.
See this ancient technology driving water pumps and flour mills and be inspired!
We hope creator Robin Larkham of Windcraft will be on hand again in 2019 to demonstrate and answer questions.
SLiCK – Seriously Low Impact Solar Cooking
The SLiCK solar oven array near Triban is a treasure to behold!
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 Space
Drop by this friendly space – in the Hill Village area of the Village Green – 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.
In the Permaculture zone you’ll find demonstrations of rocket stoves, woodgas stoves and thermo-electric stoves, with workshops on clean combustion, stove design and biomass.
Wild Stoves also offers mobile phone charging from solar PV (photo-voltaic), and a wood-powered thermo-electric mobile charger facility.