Solar Energy: What is the Problem and What is the Solution

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When it comes to our energy needs, there are three main problems. We have confused needs and desires, cheap energy and not educated ourselves enough on understanding energy. Let me explain. Need is a word that gets used out of context all the time, it falls into the category of words like have to, should,… Read more »

“Perma-Tech” Renewable Energy Course

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This “Perma-Tech” Renewable Energy Course is no ordinary offering by any means! On completion, you will gain a multi-faceted view of how to design and construct an advanced next generation solar power system and be able to relate to others on how to do the same; In other words, it is a ” Solar Trainers… Read more »

Building Your Own Wind-Powered Generator

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Please exercise due care when working with electricity The Non Rocket-Scientists Guide To Building Your Own Wind-Powered Generator. As you’ve probably found out by now unharnessed energy sources are literally all around us. Be it solar power from the sun or geothermal energy from the Earth’s constant core temperature we are definitely wasting money and… Read more »

Free Screening: The Greenhouse of the Future

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The Greenhouse of the future Trailer. This screening has now Concluded. Thank you to everyone who watched this film. Hi Everyone, Curt from Greenhouse of the Future here. This weekend we are very glad to offer you a free streaming version of our film: The Greenhouse of the Future on www.permaculturenews.org Our mission is to… Read more »

Free Screening this Weekend: The Greenhouse of the Future

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The Greenhouse of the future Trailer. Hi Everyone, Curt from Greenhouse of the Future here. This weekend we are very glad to offer you a free streaming version of our film: The Greenhouse of the Future on www.permaculturenews.org Our mission is to help propel the Permaculture movement forward by developing an easy to build, 100%… Read more »

Build your own PotBot Irrigation – An Example of Growing Permaculture Systems from First Principles

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Introducing POTBOT irrigation – no it is not the name given to a tubby robot that does the mundane and time consuming task of watering. POTBOT is short for Plant Pot – Bottle dripper Irrigation. Batches of water are trickle released from the main water tank (for security) to batch storage then electronically released to… Read more »

Playing with Cow Poo – Bio Digester Routines Part 4

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Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast describes the process after the cow manure goes through the biodigester. The biodigester compost pits and reed bed are shown and how he generates soil fertility through the cycling process is discussed.