Energy bike for Bristol Freshers Fair

Re-Innovation’s LED bar graph and energy bike were hired by Bristol University Sustainability department for use at the university freshers fair. The pedal generator was used as a power generation challenge, with the highest output power winning a fair trade hamper. This meant that it was tested to the max with over 10,000 students visiting … more

What If?…. machine

Due to my connection with Nottingham Hackspace, I was asked to provide the public participation activity for the What If?… machine day run at Derby Silk Mill as part of Derby Festé 2012. I built a simple marble run to which the visitors could add bits and pieces (mainly found materials) to make the marble … more

SunSeed Pedal Power Course

Have you ever wanted to build your own pedal powered machine? Fancy making a holiday of it in somewhere slightly more sunny than the UK? Then here is your chance…. Renewable Energy Innovation has teamed up with Magnificent Revolution and Sunseed Desert Project to bring you not one but two in-depth pedal power courses. These … more

Small Is… Festival 2012

For the past three years I have been running an ‘introduction to solar photovoltaics’ workshop at the Small Is…. festival and this year was no exception. The Small Is… festival is a collaboration between Practical Action and Engineers Without Borders UK set in the grounds of Practical Action’s headquaters, The Schumacher Centre, near Rugby. The … more

Pedal Powered Water Cannons

With summer here and sun every so often shining through, we have recently been involved with loads of pedal powered activities. One recent event was pedal powered water cannons which was run as part of the Celebrate Cycling event at Nottingham University Jubilee Campus which was part of a larger programme of events celebrating 125 … more

Cycle Powered Cinema in Milton Keynes

Last Friday saw the Magnificent Revolution 20 bike cycle-in cinema being set up for the Milton Keynes Fringe Festival for an event organised by Independent Cinema MK. The event attracted loads of keen cyclists, both young and old. Team MK were there and pedalling for the whole 3 hours. We even had power generated by … more

RAEng Energy & International Development workshop

I recently helped with delivering a practical workshop on solar photovoltaics as part of a day-long event relating to Energy and International Development. This course was organised by Engineers Without Borders UK and funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng). The course participants were undergraduate engineers who had received the RAEng Leadership Award. Course … more

Solar PV workshop with EWB Edinburgh

I have been involved with Engineers Without Borders UK for around 4 years, after going on a one-year placement working on remote rural power supply systems for an NGO in the Philippines, called SIBAT. EWB-UK is a student run organisation trying to connect engineers with the field of international development. They do this through placements, … more

Building a solar PV panel

I have been working at Loughborough University on the Low Effort Energy Demand Reduction (LEEDR) project. Chatting with a few of the researchers there I heard about a one-day workshop to stimulate debate on energy supply and demand within the UK. This was organised by students and researchers of the London-Loughborough Centre for Doctoral Research … more

LILI pedal generator course

Last weekend I helped teach a course on DIY pedal generators along with Adam from Magnificent Revolution as one of the Low Impact Living Initiative (LILI) courses. I really enjoyed teaching the course with 14 enthusiastic participants and having a mixture of taught information, practical hands-on sessions and discussion. We built four different pedal power … more

Pop Up Office with (H)activate and Engineers Without Borders

In June, Rewired State in conjunction with the Guardian ran a competition called (H)activate. This was a hack weekend, where software developers get together and work on some form of software/hardware challenge. The focus of the competition was to develop a phone application relating to an international development issue. One of the competition prizes was … more

Pedal powered cinema at Portobello market

I have been working with Magnificent Revolution for a couple of years now. They do all things pedal power related such as pedal powered sound systems, stages for festivals and cinemas. They also do loads of pedal power workshops (build your own!) and educational events. I have been working on an LED power and energy … more