The sun produces a huge amount of energy. All around the Visitor Centre are examples of how we can utilise this energy directly or transform it into electricity using photovoltaics (solar cells). You can test the benefits of photovoltaic panels yourself with the Solar Pump and the solar-powered products on display. Block the sun's rays and everything grinds to a halt! There a number of interactive displays dotted around the site showing how we can generate power from the sun and how we can store the energy we harness.
In Britain, a solar water-heating system would need to be supplemented using conventional energy sources. Nevertheless, it could halve the cost of heating your water. Our solar heating display shows an example of a rural system (incorporating a wood burner) and an urban system with an integrated gas burner.
The Poly-tunnel is the simplest example of what is called 'passive solar heating'. There are no special devices to collect the sun's energy - the building itself does the job.
Show The Love at CAT this half term!
With the first signs of spring and love in the air we invite you to Show The Love for our planet at CAT this half term!
Join in with our nature inspired For the Love of…tours and activities and show the love for our planet and each other with crafty green heart messages and a green heart sticker swap!
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