CHASE: Talk - Next week - 12 April - An open-source based solar heating project

An open source based solar heating project - Wookey

This month we have something quite different.

Balloon is an free/open-source hardware platform intended for use in embedded devices.

Wookey is a software engineer, working on Free Software. He's been deeply involved in the Balloon Project.

When he decided that a hot-water solar panel would make a good addition for his house, and that he wanted to build the system, naturally he used the Balloon as the controller.

South Cambs - Sustainable Parish Energy Partnership - Newsletter

Partnership Members:

·      Barton

Visioning 2050

Transition Towns work on the principle that if we can create a vision of what we want the future to be like we have a better chance of achieving that vision. Working on this principle, Transition Cambridge is running a workshop to brainstorm what this vision might be like, which connects with a story competition for short stories set in Cambridge in 2050, in a world we can look forward to living in.  The workshop is based on a virtual tour around Cambridge streets - using photographs of everyday scenes. Many things will have changed: What will the market be selling?

Free entry for members to feed-in tarriff conference 3 March

Renewables East are putting on a conference on feed-in tarriffs in Cambridge Wednesday 3 March. Details here

It looks very interesting for Green Enterpreneurs.  Normal entry price is £50, but its FREE for Green Enterprise Community  Members if you email


Colin Ward (1924-2010) RIP

 Those of us interested in building and sustaining local communities based on mutual self-help may be interested to see my short blog at on the passing on Colin Ward,  author and social theorist.

2010 dates for your dairy

Green Enterprise meetings will be on 1 March, 8 April, 24 May, 28 June, 27Sept, 25 October, 22 November, 20 December 2010

The more observant of you will notice that this is a migration from the 1st monday of the month to the 4th Monday. (The meeting room availablity is better on the 4th monday)


Public wants ambitious support for microgeneration

Renewable energy in homes, communities and businesses got a public vote of confidence this week, but needs ambitious goals and support from government to succeed. A new survey found that people are prepared to pay higher energy bills to support a stronger feed-in tariff.

Panel Debate: "GM Policy in Developing Regions: Yielding Much?"

Tony Juniper, Green Party general election candidate for Cambridge, will be a member of The Triple Helix panel discussing "GM policy in developing regions: yielding much?"

When: Thursday, Jan 28, 19:30-21:00

Where: McCrum Lecture Theatre, Bene't Street (behind The Eagle pub)

Host: The Triple Helix Cambridge


Talk: Roadmap to 2050 by Prof. David MacKay - 27th January 2010 - 18:00

This might be of interest...

We have an addiction to fossil fuels, and it is not sustainable. How can we replace fossil fuels? How can we ensure security of energy supply? How can we solve climate change? Following the great success of his recent book “Sustainable Energy – without the hot air” Professor Mackay will explore pathways which we can transition to low carbon energy by 2050

Note also that '' is a good place to advertise talks!

Re-inventing the wheel - MIT's Copenhagen Bike Wheel

Now this is pretty cool innovation...




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