Pedal Power Monitoring Workshop

Cyclops Pedal Power, based in Leeds, kindly invited me to work with them on their pedal power equipment. They wanted to record the power and energy from their three-bike set-up, and have a system that can be expanded for more and more generators. We had a three day workshop based in the fantastic Pedallers Arms … more

Solar workshop with EWB Nottingham

I have run a number of solar photovoltaic and off-grid power hands-on workshops and I recently ran another solar PV workshop with EWB Nottingham. This was a two hour workshop run at Nottingham hackspace. Engineers Without Borders UK (EWB-UK) is a student run organisation trying to connect engineers with the field of international development. They … more

Wind Empowerment Webinar

In October 2014 I recorded a webinar on the open-source wind data-logger project for Wind Empowerment. This was the last in a series of four, which were aimed at practicioners of small wind turbines. The webinar is available online here and will hopefully be translated into Spanish and French. They are hoping to run one … more

Solar phone charger workshop

Here are the build details and some photos from a DIY ‘Build a Solar Phone Charger’ workshop I ran at Nottingham Hackspace. There were six participants and they all built a small phone charger which runs from solar power. Full design details and instructions are available to download here. … more

Marvelous Marble Run

Last Saturday was Derby Mini Maker Faire 2013. This was a free family friendly event for people who make things. It was run at the newly re-furbished Derby Silk Mill, which is the worlds first automated factory. I decided to run a DIY marble run (an idea I had run before at the Silk Mill). … more

Solar workshop with EWB Sheffield

I have run a number of solar photovoltaic and off-grid power hands-on workshops and I recently ran another solar PV workshop with EWB Sheffield. Engineers Without Borders UK (EWB-UK) is a student run organisation trying to connect engineers with the field of international development. They do this through placements, training and outreach programs.     … more

Printed Circuit Board workshop

I recently ran another ‘how to make a Printed Circuit Board’ workshop at Nottingham Hackspace. This time the PCB was a board to convert an old ATX power supply into a power supply, giving 3.3V, 5V, +/-12V fused outputs with terminal post connections. This PCB was quite simple and single sided. Here is the full … more

Solar PV workshop 2013

To celebrate the recent sunny weather, RE-Innovation will be running another solar PV workshop on Saturday August 31st from 11am to 5pm. In this work shop you will build one of our 10Wp solar DIY kits. We will also cover: Solar Photovoltaic technologies Resource assessment Load assessment System design Building and taking home a working … more

Printed Circuit Board workshop

I recently ran a ‘how to make a Printed Circuit Board’ workshop at Nottingham Hackspace. I decided to design a simple Arduino-style prototyping board for everyone to make. This PCB was quite simple and single sided. There is a small area for prototyping and the correct connections are available to add standard Arduino shields. Here … more

Solar workshop with EWB Sheffield

Following on from workshops I have done recently at Engineers Without Borders Edinburgh and with the Royal Academy of Engineering, I recently ran another solar PV workshop with EWB Sheffield. Engineers Without Borders UK (EWB-UK) is a student run organisation trying to connect engineers with the field of international development. They do this through placements, … more

Solar workshop for EWB and Royal Academy of Engineering

For the past four years I have been working with Engineers Without Borders UK to provide a training workshop for the Royal Academy of Engineering. A number of modules have been developed to engage undergraduate engineers with the challenges of international development. I developed a hands-on practical solar PV workshop, which is used on the … more

Solar workshop with EWB Edinburgh

Engineers Without Borders UK (EWB-UK) is a student run organisation trying to connect engineers with the field of international development. They do this through placements, training and outreach programs. EWB Edinburgh branch (they also have a web-page here) were running a week long event relating to Energy and International Development, with days on general development … more