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.
Martha Tilston at CAT
"With a voice like spider-webbed hollows and lyrics that inspire and captivate" an evening spent listening to Martha Tilston is what you need to keep warm during mid-winter.
Make the most of your evening out at CAT and relax with a few drinks and a delicious veggie meal in the CAT cafe.
Saturday 17th December
Dinner in the CAT cafe from 6pm (sold seperately, no need to book)
Doors open for Martha at 8pm
Martha Tickets click here
alternatively you can purchase tickets in Miscellannea, Machynlleth.