6 Jul 2017

Want to learn about off grid Wind, Solar and Biomass Energy in a beautiful woodland location? Join Agroecology Land Trust on 22nd-23rd July / 26th August / 27th-28th August to gain practical skills and experience in designing and installing your own sources of renewable energy.

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These courses are set in the beautiful location of Coed Talylan, 70 acres of woodland on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons. Nestled below the iron-age hill fort of Garn Goch in the foothills of the Black Mountain it offers a secluded and peaceful location for course participants to learn and explore the potential of applying agroecology within a co-sufficient community settlement. Accommodation is available for camping around the guest lodge and meals are provided dependent on course duration.
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Charcoal Making and Biochar

Dates: 22nd-23rd July 2017
Trainers: John Liversidge and Ed Revill
Fee: £60-£95 (dependent on income)
Biochar
Join Agroecology Land Trust for this one and a half day course, where you will learn from professional charcoal maker John Liversidge, how to make charcoal and biochar. Participants will be taken through the whole process of traditional charcoal making using a ring kiln as well as looking at other methods specifically used to produce biochar. Participants will also be joined by Ed Revill a pioneer in biochar producing technologies and applied biochar techniques developed as part of his system no-till farming in South Wales. Ed will be demonstrating other small scale methods of making biochar, including the heat capturing wood gasifying stoves he builds. Dinner on the first day made with Ed Revill's mobile biochar producing kitchen!


What will the course cover?

  • How to load a kiln with the right material 
  • How to light the kiln safely and manage the 'burn' in a traditional ring-kiln
  • Understand when the kiln is ready to be shut-down and carry out this procedure
  • Empty the kiln and process the charcoal for some of its many uses
  • How to build stable soil carbon on farms, gardens or allotments
  • Reversing the causes of climate change by enriching soil
  • Carbon capture; learning about soil carbon keys
  • Modelling landscapes for soil carbon enrichment
  • Full Cycle Biochar, plus baking sourdough bread in biochar producing ovens

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Off Grid Solar Energy
Date: 26th August 2017
Trainer: Suneil Tagore BEng MSc
Fee: £60-£80 (dependent upon income)
Solar Panel

 

This one day course covers both practical and theoretical aspects to designing and installing your own off-grid solar PV system. The course will cover the basic maths and physics involved, and well as practical skills for undertaking your own installations.



What will the course cover?

  • Energy yield and usage calculations
  • Types of panels: efficiency and cost
  • Sizing array, batteries (chemistries, specifications), cables, charge controller, fuses, circuit breakers, voltage and current parameters
  • Overall design setup: circuit diagrams, general approaches, parallel vs. series configurations
  • Practical setup: layout, cable crimping, connectors, battery care
  • Charge controllers: MPPT and non-MPPT. Sizing

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Off Grid Wind Energy
Dates: 27th-28th August 2017
Trainer: Suneil Tagore BEng MSc
Fee: £120-£180 (dependent upon income)
Making Wind Turbine
This two day course gives an introduction to off-grid renewable energy generation with a primary focus on harnessing wind energy. It covers general principles and practical tips as well as the basic maths and physics involved with designing, making and installing your own off-grid wind turbine. During the course participants will assemble and install a 500W hand built wind turbine. By the end of the course participants will have a good appreciation of the skills and knowledge involved with building your own DIY wind turbine (following the designs of Hugh Piggott); in addition to principles of how to correctly size, locate and install a wind turbine safely.

What will the course cover?

  • Approaches for measuring wind speed
  • Calculating energy yield and usage
  • Types of wind turbine: vertical, horizontal axis, turbulent and laminar airflow
  • Generator design, design voltage, current and power
  • Aerodynamics: aerofoils, drag, tip speed ratio
  • How to site a wind turbine appropriately
  • Off-grid electrical setup
  • Assembly of a 500W hand built wind turbine
  • Tower rigging components
  • Installation of a wind turbine on a 7 metre tower, mechanical rigging and associated electrical setup

Time will also be made available to explore wider aspects of renewable energy, such as larger scale community projects and general strategies for sustainable low impact living.

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