Electric Earth Moving

You know what it’s like – you’re sitting on the sofa with a glass of something warming in your hand when suddenly you have a Eureka moment.

Four years ago Benoit Buys, who advises on and installs PV off-grid installations in the South of France – and who is an inventor in his spare time – decided to remove the power-steering ram from his wife’s Golf GTI and install it instead under the box of his trackbarrow (one of those mini dumper trucks you see on building sites) …so that the box had an hydraulic tilt. One thing led to another…Continue reading

Powering up after Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria – the deadliest storm of the 2017 hurricane season – made landfall in Puerto Rico, on September 20th last year with winds of up to 155mph. In addition, almost 40″ (1 metre) of rain fell. The wind and storm surge destroyed 80% of the buildings in some townships, and killed 64 people on the island of Puerto Rico alone according to official records (Harvard University estimates the figure was actually 4,600) together with many more throughout the Caribbean region.

Aid agencies responded with food, clean water and medical care – but with an estimated 3.4 million people without electricity we tell the story of one organisation trying to make a difference to the rural families who need power, but are least likely to get it.Continue reading

Stealing the Silver…

Dutch sailor Annemiek Bekkering and her crew Annette Duetz put on a scorching display in their 49erFX to secure second place in the Medemblik Regatta which concluded last weekend.

The Dutch team had taken delivery of a brand new boat a couple of weeks earlier – they get a new one every couple of years – and spent five days setting-up the rig to their preferred arrangement, followed by five days of sea trials …then they were ready to go!Continue reading