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This year we will be hosting innovator and open source technology designer Daniel Connell to run workshops sharing his open source low tech designs for renwable energy installations.

For the last ten years he has been working on setting up collaborative project spaces and giving practical making workshops in Australasia, India, North and Central America, and Europe. He has traveled to Moria, Europe’s most chaotic refugee camp, to help a strained community prepare for winter and he was one of the “eco-hackers” chosen for the “POC21” conference.

Daniel prototype and develop basic technologies which anyone can make using recycled materials and simple tools. The aim is for everyone everywhere to be able to build and maintain their own infrastructure; producing their own energy, food, clean water, communications, and anything else they need.

All designs are open source and license free for any purpose, and full construction tutorials and how-to instructions are available on his website:


On 11th July we will be running a one day DIY Wind Turbine workshop where Daniel will be leading partcipants in building a simple, low cost vertical axis wind turbine using £20-30 worth of easily sourced local recycled materials and basic hand tools. It’s an easy process and no previous experience is necessary.

The turbine is powerful, rooftop-scale, sturdy, safe, quiet, and efficient. Using an old bike wheel, disused sheet metal and waste electric motors, one of Daniel’s small turbines can meet 25% of the power needs of an average suburban home. At the end of the day you’ll be attaching the turbine to a generator, and information will be provided on how to mount everything and attach applications for producing electricity, irrigation, air-conditioning, refrigeration, and other uses.

The following workshop on 12th July we will be constructing a Solar Thermal Panel and installing it into the heating system of the Mushroom Processing Unit at Coed Talylan.

Over the next year we intend to build examples of Daniel’s other designs detailed on his website and featured on his YouTube channel.

One of the most exciting deisgns is his prototype for a Hydro Turbine utilising a syphon system.

Daniel’s work he has also been featured in the following publications:

Al Jazeera: Trash is treasure in Greece’s Lesbos

The Guardian: Eco-geeks hold open source alternative to UN climate talks

New Statesman: Moonshots for the Earth: are there technological fixes for climate change?

Makezine: This $30 Wind Turbine Is Made from Bike Parts and Discarded Aluminum

For more information on Open Source Low Tech the following link will take you to the website and related Facebook Group:

Website: OpenSourceLowTech

Facebook Group: OpenSourceLowTech

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