Category Archives: Technology

Living with Bert-the-Battery for 5 months

We’ve now had our Wattstor 6 kW battery (‘Bert’) for 5 months. The first chart shows our daily kWh averages and how they are changing as summer tails off into autumn.  Our daily average demand (red) has remained relatively consistent … Continue reading

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Electric vehicles as storage – a psychologist’s view

“LONDON (UK) 10th May 2016: Automotive industry leader Nissan and multinational power company Enel, today confirmed plans to launch a major vehicle-to-grid (V2G) trial – the first ever carried out in the UK. The trial will work by installing and … Continue reading

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Domestic Energy Storage

We are thinking of buying a domestic storage battery to better exploit our PV panels.  They already generate more electricity than we use over the course of a year (see graph below), but that doesn’t mean we have sustainable electricity … Continue reading

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Research Report – Electric Vehicle Trial on Eigg

With their Eco Travel Network hats on, the Prospectors have issued a research report on the 3 month trial of their modified Rural Twizy on the Hebridean Isle of Eigg. You can read the full report here .They have now … Continue reading

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Latest Eco Funky Travel Project News

The Prospectors have been back up in Scotland the past week finishing off the Eco Travel Network trial of Toro, our modified Twizy on the Isle of Eigg and moving Toro to Knoydart where his trial will continue until January. … Continue reading

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Exploring Boma All Terrain Wheelchair trial in Brecon Beacons

The Prospectory is currently exploring the possibility of running a trial in the Brecon Beacons National Park of a Boma All Terrain Wheelchair. The Boma (left) was developed by Chris Swift, a qualified engineer and tetraplegic, who wanted to enable … Continue reading

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Experimenting with electric vehicles on Small isles

The Prospectors (with their Eco Travel Network hats on)  have just been delivering a modified Rural Twizy up to the Isle of Eigg for the start of a trial. You can read all about our adventures here or the official … Continue reading

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Rural Low Energy Vehicle Project

Along with our 2 co-Directors in the Eco Travel Network (ETN), we have been working on the design for a modified rural version of a Renault Twizy. The 10 Renault Twizys currently in the ETN fleet work really well for … Continue reading

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Evaluating electric quad bikes for hill farmers

The Prospectors recently visited Shropshire Quads to try out an electric quad bike. We took a hill farmer friend with us for his specialist experience (of quads, hills and sheep!). Whilst impressed with the quad’s performance and likely towing and … Continue reading

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Low Energy Rural Travel that’s FUN

The Prospectors, Peter and Alison are co-founding Directors of the Eco Travel Network here in the Brecon Beacons. It evolved from our earlier research on rural travel and our 2011 trial of electric buggies. This video about the Eco Travel … Continue reading

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