News from the Solar Testfield, Tamera

A report about our achievements in 2015

SolarVillage_Testfield_Tamera_WebGreetings from the Solar Testfield. Tamera’s Solar Testfield was home for gatherings of peace activities as well as technology experts during the summer. All our activities, including those of the last summer, are oriented towards solutions for a sustainable life on earth. The solutions are especially applicable in crisis areas. This is why we want to share with you the knowledge that was exchanged during the last months in those circles.

This newsletter is just the first in a periodical correspondence we want to establish with our friends around the globe. Our intention is to update you every 4-6 weeks in the summer and much less in the winter – which is usually our time to reflect and plan the coming year. If your wish is to not receive our newsletter please reply with “unsubscribe” in the subject line. How to know what you are saying “yes” to…? That’s exactly the reason we included our first newsletter below. You are invited to surf through the description below, which we kept short. For a deeper dive into what happened in the Solar Testfield this summer click on the links provided into short videos and further reading. If you haven’t been in the Solar Testfield please take a quick tour.

May this knowledge nourish and inspire your future activities! We welcome any feedback from all our friends around the globe.

International Sunpulse Seminar
August 2015
The first International Sunpulse Seminar was held at Tamera this summer.
The Sunpulse 500 Stirling engine was the star of the show: a versatile heat engine, delivering mechanical and electrical power from solar energy. The Sunpulse 500 is the first engine to reach market in a line of eco-high-tech developments by physicist and inventor Jürgen Kleinwächter and his team, cooperation partners with Tamera for many years. The seminar, containing a great deal of information, was documented by the filmmaker Serena Aurora and much of the material is available online. Highly recommended for those who have a more serious interest in solar energy – from its ethical base to practical applications – and to see the range and depth of Jürgen’s and Tamera’s work. Olivier Paccoud explains the whole concept of Stirling engines here. For Further exploring the Sunpulse 500 in operation demonstrated by Jürgen Kleinwächter go here.

Global Campus Gathering
July 18th – August 15th
As a network of peace projects around the globe, the Global Campus is dedicated to studying peace knowledge and supporting the manifestation of local community models for regeneration and autonomy. Representatives from all of the base stations of the Global Campus dedicated a month to harvest almost ten years of friendship and cooperation. It was our second big gathering (previously in 2011) and it took place while the global crisis threatened their home and regions every day. We lived together in simple accommodation, cooked in the solar kitchen, learned practical skills in gardens and workshops and met in sharing circles. Building on the consolidated core between us, we took measures that will enable us to expand our work and to eventually welcome new members. To read a bit more click here or go through the full report of the GC 2015.

The Third Blueprint Meeting of International Experts
August 2015
The Blueprint project is an integrated response system especially applicable in emergency situations. The model includes permaculture practices, solar and biogas energy usage, natural building methods and water harvesting structures. We only offer what we use ourselves – for this ecovillages serve as models or testfields to showcase how various practices can be integrated in a holistic offering to make aid sustainable. Crisis becomes an opportunity to reintegrate water systems with food systems and restore the landscape through meeting the immediate needs. Responsibility is the ability to respond.
The Blueprint initiative is in memory of Paulo Mellet, who was an activist as well as a visionary. He travelled from one crisis area to the other offering his expertise and aid. Here you can read more about the meeting , get to know more closely the experts who participated, witness five types of Biogas digesters in Tamera presented by T.H.Culhane, or take a closer look at strawbale building by Bee Rowan and the experimental time she held in Tamera.

We are looking for a mechanical engineer who can help us with the detailed mechanical design and statics calculations for a precision solar concentrator of a few square meters aperture. We imagine working during December with someone outside of Tamera, preparing drawings so that we can start building in January. Do you know anyone who might be interested in getting into closer contact with Tamera in this way? Please let us know.

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Trees for Tamera
Question: “When is the right time to plant a tree?”
Answer: “20 years ago”
Question: “When is the second best time (to plant a tree)?
Answer: “Now!”

Our community time in November will include an opportunity to plant lots of trees together. This planting action is focused in Tamera’s Testfield 1. We want to plant at least 200 trees which will provide food, intermingled with several hundred native trees and supportive plants, many from our existing nurseries. With enough funding we would love to restock our nurseries with a large variety of species to provide for years to come. We invite you to support us with a donation! To read more about the role of trees in the water cycle and in nutrition as well as the water landscape of Tamera click here.

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