This year's AGM has added spice with three short presentations after the meeting. The proper business was promptly concluded therefore to allow us to enjoy the rest of the evening. However very important things were discussed, and here are the draft minutes for all to see.
The Pecha Kucha Style presentations were given by Dr Faisal Ghani - this year's winner of the Kerr MacGregor Award, Dr Stas Burek and Rory O'Riordan. Their respective presentations are attached here.
Congratulations to the Winner of this year's award goes to Dr Faisal Ghani on Neural Network Modelling of a Latent Heat Solar Thermal Storage System.
Congratulations also to Jeurgen Schleppi was Highly Commended for his project Solar Conversion made on the Moon.
The innovative content of both projects were exceptional. Faisal's research to use artificial intelligence to learn and then predict non-linear behaviours of latent heat storage systems, had a slight edge on immediate energy impact, and its application can be for many other systems as well as solar thermal. Jeurgen's research is a start on a long journey to potentially help future generations (should we colonise the moon) but we were most impressed with the hands on aspect of his work, something that Kerr himself would have done, to get his hands dirty and make something to test!
Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative is organizing a large scale solar photovoltaic (PV) project on Edinburgh roofs. ECSC plans to install up to 1.5MW of solar PV on 25 public buildings that have been investigated with the Council. The buildings have been selected to provide good income generating capacity, on buildings spread all around the city and used regularly by communities.
ECSC has been working with Energy4All, a not-for-profit social enterprise that helps community groups to develop, own and operate renewable energy co-operatives in the UK. The installation contract has proved quite challenging and they wanted to get it right. Two installers were vying for the work (this is a big contract) and it proved difficult to choose between them. ECSC decided to let each visit all the sites and come back with a firm price i.e. one that won’t increase during the structural design stages. In this way they can be more certain that your money will be invested as proposed in the share offer.
Emtec has been approved as the preferred supplier and ECSC will be proceeding with them subject to contract. The Board has also approved Onsite Renewables to project manage the construction. They hope to complete the design work in March and all being well the panels could start going on the first buildings in May.
The object of the scheme is to raise £1.4m and install on 25 public buildings in the next year to Dec2016.
A very ambitious project, now under way.
For more information, please visit the Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative website.