with Merlin Howse
An overview of micro-renewables for practical off-grid living:
- Energy acquisition – This involves the use of solar, micro-hydro, wind
turbines and other technologies to harvest the renewable forms of energy
- Energy conversion – Some forms of energy acquired will require
conversion to be useful to their application. This might be by use of a
generator for example.
- Energy storage – Ways in which you can store your power for later use
- Energy application – How best to make efficient use of your power.
This will include energy efficiency, inverters for mains appliances and
converting appliances to 12v.
This session is aimed at those wishing to learn about DIY solutions to
renewable energy, whether that is for environmental reasons, practical
reasons, or preparing for a future where we can not rely on power from
Merlin Howse lived at Steward Community Woodland for 18 years, a low impact, permaculture community in a 32 acre mixed woodland on the edge of Dartmoor. “I lived off-grid in the community since the project started in 2000 until it ended in 2017. While living at Steward Wood we explored various methods of renewable energy use from as simple as a camp fire to keep warm at night to micro-hydro and photovoltaic solar systems with charge controllers and storage. I have always had a keen interest in electrics and so one of my main roles in the community was maintaining the renewable energy systems. During this time I learned lots of new skills which I love to share with others. I also run courses on the subject!”