Centre For Alternative Technology

by envirotech.org.uk

The Centre for Alternative Technology was set up in an old slate quarry near Mcynlleth, Wales in 1973. The initial concepts of sustainable living have grown and grown in importance up until today. And so the site has grown in the ensuing decades, with an exploration of many ways in which we can live in this generation, without compromising future generations.

The entrance to the Centre for Alternative Technology typically demonstrates their creativity and committment. The system behind the entrance takes the guests up using counter-balancing with one carriage going up when the other goes down. Water from a stream fills a tank at the top. When the tank if full enough, the carriage about to go down outweighs the one about to go up, and the carriages then change positions. The water in the tank is then released at the bottom.

Here are som photos from a recent visit.