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Prize winning schools visit CAT courtesy of Herefordshire Council

On a sunny day in June, 37 pupils from four Herefordshire schools came together to visit the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Machynlleth. The trip was organised as part of the prize for their winning entries in a schools energy and waste poster competition organised by Jane Denny, Energy Management Officer for Herefordshire Council. The competition coincided with the launch of an office energy saving campaign and a new alternate weekly waste collection service. Winning energy poster designs... Read More ››

UK climate change committee issues stark warning to government

The UK climate change committee has today released a new report, the first of its kind to the new parliament, Reducing emissions and preparing for climate change: 2015 Progress Report to Parliament. The report says that early action in the new Parliament is needed to keep the UK’s emissions reductions on track and to adapt to climate change. The report  calls on the government to; extend funding for low-carbon electricity generation to 2025, to support investment and innovation and... Read More ››

National Unplugging Day 28th of June at CAT

28th June is National Unplugging Day- ‪#‎unplug2015‬ ‪#‎gogadgetfree‬ at CAT National Unplugging Day is one day per year, the aim is to help families balance their off-line and on-line interactions. So unplug this Sunday and join us at CAT for a wide range of activities. Insect Dectectives 12:00pm – 01:00pm Hunt for dragons, damsels and stags on a mini-beast quest around the CAT grounds. Learn more about different insect habitats and lifecycles, and take a closer look at some of the UK’s... Read More ››

Today at CAT; Contemporary dance workshop & performance

Wild Sweep – a creative dance workshop with Cornerstone Dance Company Members of Cornerstone Dance will lead you through a hands on creative movement session which explores some of the CAT’s sights, smells and sounds using all the senses. Open to all movers, young and old; please come prepared for all weathers and bring a bottle of water and some paper and pens. Brought to you by a new dance company formed by Liverpool Hope University graduates. Their work,... Read More ››

Stop press: the first Small is Beautiful acts are announced

Stop press: the first Small is Beautiful acts are announced From the 4th-6th September CAT will be hosting the Small Is beautiful festival that explores positive responses to our future through low carbon technology, social justice and the arts. We bring together experts, enthusiasts, creators and the curious from around the world. Join us in making a magical place full of possibilities, and find out how we can collectively shape the future of our world. It’s been a busy old month here... Read More ››

Paul Allen on why a zero emissions goal is vital to the UN process

Report from the Bonn UN Conference (7th June)  The kind of agreement reached in Paris is a vital opportunity to give a clear signal that the message from the science has been recognized. From what I can gather, the word on the conference floor is that Paris is unlikely to be able to offer the single over-arching final agreement that will fully deal with climate challenge, but a great many people are working very hard to set up an... Read More ››

Interview: Colin’s taken his skills into research and development

Colin Jones studied on the Renewable Energy and the Built Environment programme at CAT from 2010 to 2014. This week he has been back helping to run a practical with current students on PV flash testing. We took the opportunity to catch up with him about his experience of the course and what he has gone on to do since graduation. What first convinced you to study the Renewable Energy and the Built Environment course? I first came to... Read More ››

CAT goes to Bonn: Getting Ready for Zero

Paul Allen reports from the climate talks in Bonn  On Thursday 4th June, CAT joined forces with INFORSE and Track 0 to host a side event at the UNFCCC climate conference in Bonn.  The event presented the first reviewers draft of our new report “Getting Ready for Zero: An overview of who’s working on zero carbon modelling & tool kits”, so we could get feedback and additional case studies from the very varied range of experts at the UN... Read More ››

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    this youtube is so out of date – yep in 3 years it has all changed. Feed in Tariff is half of that, systems cost a lot less than £10k, nearer 5k,

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    These sort of blogs is really informative for students who wanted to know about those past events that took place. This would help them a lot particularly in knowing some of those information that they might apply into their studies.

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