Category: Energy Systems

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

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 fill in effect little water tanks all set at the same elevation around the garden. […]

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The Humanure Bank, Vault 1

Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast, talks about and shows the sites first Humanure Bank, where regular deposits are made! This video does discuss compost toilets and using that in a Permaculture system.

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BioDigester Wrap Up and Making Thatch

Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast shows the end result of the Bio Digester setup: the gas. He also talks about and shows making thatch for a roof from vetiver grass.

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Playing with Cow Poo – Bio Digester Routines Part 4

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.

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Playing with Cow Poo – Bio Digester Routines Part 3

Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast shows how he feeds the 5m3 biodigester to create biogas for use in the kitchen.

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Milking – Bio Digester Routines Part 2

Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast shows the milking routine with the cows, which follows on from the manure collecting and gets done before the biodigester gets fed.

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Is Going Solar the Best Thing for the Future of the Planet, When it comes to your Energy Supply ? !

Zaytuna Farms Solar Panels on the Shed Roof My Intentions in writing this article are to share with you my personal experiences of ten years of research as a consumer and a potential customer, just wanting to do the right thing for the earth when it comes to having a cold beer and a cool house while living in Sydney by supplying my property with a renewable energy source in […]

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Moon Planting Guide

Using the moon as a guide The cycles of the moon have influenced gardeners from diverse cultures over many centuries. While science may not fully understand why planting by the moon works, anecdotal evidence sugsgest that it does.

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Quality over Quantity – Growing Nutrient Dense Food in Urban Gardens

By Kat Gawlik, forgreenies.com If we are to grow and produce enough food to meet our families’ nutritional needs in an urban situation, we need to go beyond organic, to remineralise the soil where there are deficiencies, cultivate soils rich with microbes and to grow food that is nutrient dense.

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How to build a Geo-Solar Greenhouse

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=at0JklqqHUA Geoff’s new video on Annualized Geo-Solar, see the full version on Geofflawton.com Imagine if you could trap the energy of the sun, shining on you on a warm summers day and store it, in a bank, for future use when you needed it in the winter? Sounds fanciful right? Well, that’s the principle of Annualized Geo-Solar. A fancy name, but a clever way of storing the heat in the […]

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REALLY saving energy: Paul Wheaton at TEDxWhitefish

Paul Wheaton at TEDxWhitefish – REALLY saving energy

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Hey! It’s High Cold Dry and Windy and Doing just Great!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=397RC11AYVk Trailer Only – See the full length video here Every now and then you come across climate that is not so user friendly. It’s in the High, Dry and Cold and Windy desert environment of Nevada’s high country near Reno. A place with many challenges. Sagebrush and horse trails dot the landscape. It is cowboy country. So what on earth is a Permaculture teacher doing in such a windswept […]

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