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Vacancy: Artist in Residence to commemorate 40 years of life at ‘The Quarry’

Further details of the vacancy can be found on CAT’s vacancy page. The deadline for applications is 9am, 19th November. CAT is now looking for two visual artists to work alongside staff to create artwork of lasting value that commemorates its 40-year history. The three-month residencies, sponsored by the Arts Council of Wales, will ask the two artists to spend time exploring an archive of historic material, including documents, photographs and a large oral history collection. The final piece... Read More ››

Biomass in Zero Carbon Britain: Breaking the Chain of Destruction?

Background Biofuelwatch, a campaign organisation against large-scale bioenergy (using biomass to produce energy) have launched a new report – Biomass: the Chain of Destruction – focusing on the human and environmental costs of biomass-focused UK renewable energy policy. The report states that: “Large ­scale electricity generation from biomass is a key element of the UK Government’s renewable energy policy. Their 2012 UK Bioenergy Strategy states that bioenergy could provide between 8 and 11% of the UK’s primary energy demand... Read More ››

ZCBlog: Tobi and the Twizy

Tobi Kellner was Energy Modeller during the research phase for the latest Zero Carbon Britain report. As one of CAT’s renewable energy consultants, his work takes him to unique locations that often require unique transport options. A few days ago I had a chance to get a first-hand experience of what rural transport in a Zero Carbon Britain future might look like. An invitation to do a talk about renewable energy options for a group of Welsh hill farmers in the Brecon... Read More ››

ZCB and community energy

During the Zero Carbon Britain research phase which led up to the launch of our new report, Zero Carbon Britain: Rethinking the Future, and now into the communications phase, we’ve had lots of individuals and organisations contributing their thoughts and ideas relating to ZCB – what it might mean for society and what might help us get there – in our ‘ZCB and …‘ discussion paper series. Here’s a new contribution from the Community Innovation for Sustainable Energy (CISE) research project.... Read More ››

ZCB and an adequate economics?

At the recent launch of Zero Carbon Britain: Rethinking the Future, we were asked ‘how much would it cost?’ to achieve our scenario. It’s a hard one to answer as we haven’t done an economic analysis of ZCB. It also a hard because an analysis which merely tots up the costs of a scenario like ours and compares it with alternatives just isn’t adequate to explore the economic and social impacts of one scenario versus another, in order that... Read More ››

CAT wins award for public awareness at Welsh ceremony

The Zero Carbon Britain project at CAT has won the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Public Awareness of Green Energy’ at the inaugural Wales Green Energy Awards. Organised by RenewableUK Cymru, the award ceremony took place at Cardiff Bay on Wednesday. Danielle Paffard, Zero Carbon Britain Communications Officer, was at the ceremony to accept the award. She said: We are absolutely delighted to receive this prestigious award, with the calibre of all nominated projects testament to a thriving renewables... Read More ››

Student Blog: the first week on the Prof Dip

We’ve asked some of our current students to write a short blog post about their studies after each module. You can see all of our student blogs here. Over the next year or so Rachel, a former long-term volunteer at CAT, will share her experiences on the Part II Architecture course. Last month I started the Professional Diploma in Architecture course at CAT. It’s a very different approach to the study of Architecture, one I’m really looking forward to!... Read More ››

Timber frame and cob – getting muddy at Grand Designs Live

This weekend CAT is heading to Grand Designs Live in Birmingham! On Friday, Saturday and Sunday we’ll be building a beautiful timber frame structure and running hands-on sessions working with cob. It’s going to be an amazing weekend full of sustainable building and we’d love to see you there. Grand Designs Live have very generously given us four pairs of free tickets to the show for CAT supporters. If you’re interested in coming on either the Friday, Saturday or... Read More ››

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  • Barry Chandler

    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,

  • review

    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.