Instructor: Geoffrey de Ruiter
Saturday, April 16th, 1:00-4:00 pm
Location: Quadra Village area (workshop location will be emailed to you upon registration)
Workshop Cost: $15 for Wayward School members ($30 non-members)
Want to learn more about how to harness solar energy to decrease your dependency on not-so-eco-friendly heating systems? In this workshop Geoffrey will teach participants about the skills and materials needed in order to build a solar furnace (a black sunlight-collecting panel which helps to supply heat to one’s house or business when the sun is shining). This supplemental heating system will benefit individuals when outside temperatures are below 21 degree Celsius (mid September to mid June in Victoria, 9 months of the year).
Together with Geoffrey, participants will build a 4′ x 8′ solar-powered furnace from new materials. Optional recycled or repurposed materials will be discussed, and participants will each be given full instructions and plans for building their own solar-powered furnace at home.
Geoffrey de Ruiter is a strong proponent of renewable energy and sees many economical opportunities at hand. For the past year he has been the facilitator for the Transition Victoria Green Energy Working Group and has just started a PhD in environmental engineering. In the future he hopes to build a small-scale wind farm in order to help fund environmental research, causes, and action. In his spare time, when he’s not helping engineer solutions to the industrial-sized problems, Geoffrey likes to cycle, swim in the Sooke potholes, and rock climb.