Alternative Energy

Our one week old son marches for the planet!

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Alternative Energy, Conservation | 0 comments

One week after his birth (on 21st September 2014)  Theo, our son was with us in Newcastle on a climate change march set up by his Father, David. David stood up in front of over 350 people in the town centre and read out a letter ‘from Theo’, ” Hi, my name is Theo and although you probably don’t know me yet, I am citizen 7 billion, 221 million, 25 thousand and 989th on this planet. I was born last week. I wanted to say, “Hi” and to let you know that it has only been a short while, but I love this planet as it is. I know you may think that growth or GDP,...

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Solar Powered Fan

Posted by on Jan 26, 2013 in Alternative Energy, Running | 0 comments

My rogue attempt at wiring up an old recycled computer fan to a USB cable for use with our PowerTraveller solar panels – trying anything at all in 40 degree heat! Works really nicely on anything from USB port voltage (5v) to laptop voltage (19v) – or i suppose you could buy on Amazon if you can afford the £2.99 plus P&P. ....

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Spring cleaning in preparation for new climatic conditions

Posted by on Nov 16, 2012 in Alternative Energy, Gear and Equipment, Survival | 0 comments

Chile is dead, long live Argentina!! Of course we are sorry to leave the cool conditions we know well, but it does give us a chance to clean out the bags and get rid of a lot of our gear for surviving a bitterly cold Patagonian winter living in a tent! Noticeably the conditions are changing, we haven’t had snow for a month and Spring has long sprung! Like the flora and fauna around us we need to adapt to the new hot and dry conditions we will be facing and shed superfluous gear.  So what’s in and what’s out as the perform our crysyllis to butterfly metamorphosis? (or should...

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Sin Represas; two of the world’s wildest rivers to be gagged forever…

Posted by on Apr 7, 2012 in Alternative Energy, Conservation | 0 comments

Sin represas = Without dams; This is the message on thousands of Chileans’ lips. Chilean Patagonia is the most pristine wilderness we have ever set foot in. Tumbling waterfalls, towering snow-capped fjords, glaciers unfolding into pristine valleys, heaving with wildlife. We sailed for weeks without seeing a single human being; our mouths just hanging open in a wilderness of superlatives. Yet in the Aysén region of Patagonia, five massive hydroelectric dams schemes have just been approved by the Chilean government on the Rios Baker and Pascua ‘two of the world’s wildest rivers’...

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