CAT Centre For Alternative Technology

The Centre For Alternative Technology (CAT) is an education and visitor centre demonstrating practical solutions for sustainability. CAT covers all aspects of green living: environmental building, eco-sanitation, woodland management, renewable energy, energy efficiency and organic growing.

The CAT site is a unique and valuable practical demonstration centre, a living laboratory with an enormous range of live examples of sustainable solutions.

CAT has the largest range of installed renewable systems anywhere. These include:

  • Photovoltaics
  • Solar thermal
  • A micro-grid
  • Off-grid and grid-connected systems
  • Biomass combined heat and power (CHP)
  • Hydro
  • Air source heat pumps
  • A community heat main
  • A range of small to medium wind turbines

The CAT site also has two reed bed systems, its own off-mains water supply, and extensive organic gardens.

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