Tag Archives: environment

The Eagle has landed at CAT

i have just returned home after spending my first week on the Renewable Energy and the Built Environment (REBE) course at the Centre for Alternative Technology. It has been a packed week with 5 lectures or practical sessions each day, … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Biomass

An Introduction to Biomass. Excellent summary of Biomass technology by Freya, from the Centre for Alternative Technology In Wales

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Trafford Mill – keeping out the cold (and pigeons!)

I had an interesting meeting today along with Tim Hulse from EcoVert Solutions at Trafford Mill in Chester. It was used for milling grain until 1952 and the site has been used for this purpose since 1302. It has two water wheels, one a double … Continue reading

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Elan Valley Hydro – Victorian engineering at it’s finest

Last weekend I had a short break in the Radnor area of Wales – a part of the country that I’ve only ever passed through before. I was a bit skeptical about what there could be to do there but I was … Continue reading

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EcoVert Solutions – sustainable and sympathetic developments

I recently met up with Tim Hulse from EcoVert solutions – a company that provides “House extensions, barn conversions and loft conversions which are in keeping with the original, and which, based on Passivhaus standards, go well beyond those built simply … Continue reading

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Tune-able LED bulbs?

LED bulbs are very much on the agenda for the National Trust at the moment due to the significant energy saving they can provide, and with the larger properties containing many hundreds of bulbs the savings soon add up. With this in mind I … Continue reading

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Hydro haven

Just come back from a long weekend in the lake district and as per usual the weather was a mix of glorious sunshine and biblical downpours. While I was there I managed to get a couple of runs in and also a … Continue reading

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Off the beaten track and off the grid

This week I have completed another round of National Trust holiday cottage reviews in North Wales, and (most of the time) I have been lucky with the weather. Another 6 properties ticked of the list, and another 6 stunning locations … Continue reading

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Back on the road

This week I have been back visiting holiday cottages in North Wales. And what a week to do it in – baking hot weather and barely a cloud in the sky. First up was Fron Dirion in the something valley (I … Continue reading

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Renewables on the Llyn (bit delayed I know!)

Renewable technology Since the introduction of the FIT is has been commonplace to see solar panels on the houses around the UK and I’ve found it unusual to go on a car journey without seeing at least one rooftop solar … Continue reading

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