Report: Mawddach Permaculture Group
- The potential for energy production
in this area is tremendous.
- But we are reliant on non-renewable,
polluting, expensive, centralised (that is, imported from other areas) and
potentially dangerous energy systems (such as nuclear power).
- Solutions. Develop renewable energy
sources locally at all levels from individual dwellings through villages to
large-scale power for export to other areas.
- Cut down on current energy
requirements thus reducing pollution. Retro-fit existing buildings with
energy saving devices. Ensure all new buildings are energy efficient.
- Develop recycling and re-use
strategies as ways of further reducing energy requirements.
- Encourage individuals and
communities to access their immediate resources.
- Water power; many farms and
villages produced their own hydro-electricity in the past and could do
- Wind power; we have had NCAT
on our doorstep for over a decade displaying many types of wind powered
generators and yet apart from large scale windfarms, little has been done
at the community level.
- Bio-fuels; fuel forests provide
a sustainable form of land-use and oppertunities for various small scale
industries. Jean Pain chippers for example convert waste wood to Bio-fuels.
- Bio-gas Digesters; current
sewage problems, such as sea outfall, can be solved by routing sewage
through digesters to provide gas fuels and fertilizers.
- Tidal\wave power; investigate
- Care needs to be taken in
assessing the possible environmental impact of any energy source.
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