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Centre for Alternative Technology CAT

Centre for Alternative Technology

Europe's leading Eco-centre

Set against the backdrop of beautiful Snowdonia, this unique visitor attraction is guaranteed to entertain, inform and fascinate all the members of your family.

Lifted up by 'the water-balanced' cliff railway with its breathtaking views visitors arrive at our 7 acre display gardens, crammed with exhibitions displays and information.

Whether you want learn all about the environment, how to save energy and money in your home or just enjoy the gardens, shops and the excellent vegetarian restaurant it will be an experience to treasure and remember.

The Centre for Alternative Technology is concerned with presenting solutions to environmental problems, rather than the doom and gloom view, we take a positive and uplifting approach, demonstrating all kinds of environmental technologies in an interesting and informative way. The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) was founded in 1973 on the site of the disused Llwyngwern slate quarry near Machynlleth, in Mid Wales and has evolved into Mid Wales' most unique and popular visitor attraction.


Please visit www.cat.org.uk for details on day visits, our residential courses and for lots of useful environmental information and contacts.

Centre for Alternative Technology Blog

Congratulations to CAT’s Architecture prof dips!

After 18 months of intensive study and hard work CAT’s 5th year Architecture Professional Diploma students laid out their final projects for us all to see. Transforming their classrooms the students created sleek exhibition spaces to show off their detailed plans and intricate models. The event began mid-afternoon when the student’s families and friends and VIP’s from the industry arrived for the private viewing of the work. The students themse...

Talking renewables at Energy Now Expo

Come and see us at Energy Now Expo – the only renewable energy event for farmers and landowners, taking place in Telford on 8-9 February. Exploring a wide range of technologies, including anaerobic digestion & biogas, biomass, heat pumps, hydro, solar, wind and energy efficiency, it promises to be a very interesting and useful couple of days. CAT will not only have a presence in the exhibition hall alongside 160 other suppliers and provider...

Waves, weirs and waterwheels – unleashing the power of water

How can we use and manage water in a more sustainable way? CAT volunteer and MSc student Ed Macdonald has been exploring the issues and delving into the detail of hydro power. Born in the year of the water dragon, perhaps my interest in watercourses is to be expected. As a kid in a nearby natural sandpit I was enchanted by flow of the stream, able to bypass attempts to dam it with clay. Fast forward 20 years, I found a refreshing challenge in d...

Zero Carbon Britain: Making it Happen

It’s now almost ten years since CAT’s first Zero Carbon Britain report was published. Today zero carbon is becoming a much more commonly accepted goal – but we urgently need to make it happen! Paul Allen introduces a new report, due out in spring, that looks at the barriers to getting to zero and how these can be overcome. On 5 October 2016, the threshold number of signatories to the Paris Agreement was achieved, enabling it to enter into force...

Celebrate with CAT’s architects of the future

CAT’s Architecture Professional Diploma students celebrate the end of their studies with a private view of their work and a party at CAT on 20th January. This unique event invites industry VIPs, students, local people and friends of CAT to view the final projects of these up-and-coming architects after 18 months of intensive study. Transforming study rooms into exhibition spaces their inspirational designs and models will be available to view w...