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.
Celebrate the architects of our future at CAT!
CAT's architecture professional diploma students invite you to join them at the private view of their final work. Celebrating 18 months of intensive work this exhibition will be a unique insight into the inspiring visions of our up-and-coming architects.
Celebrating local talents the exhibition will be later transformed into a dance floor with Welsh bands The Street Band and Honey fungus playing into the night.
7pm Exhibition open
8pm Bands start
For tickets and more info please click here