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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 for details on day visits, our residential courses and for lots of useful environmental information and contacts.

Centre for Alternative Technology Blog

On-grid or off-grid? Which is greener?

With fossil fuels still providing most of the UK’s electricity mix, should we all be aiming to go off-grid? CAT Information Officer Mim Davies explores the issues. A common enquiry we get at the CAT Information Service goes something like this: “I want to disconnect my house from the electricity grid. Where do I start?” … Continue reading "On-grid or off-grid? Which is greener?" The post On-grid or off-grid? Which is greener? appear...

Convergence 2017: Zero Carbon Britain goes to Ireland

This week CAT’s Paul Allen is in Ireland presenting zero carbon scenarios as part of the Convergence Festival. Here he reports from Cloughjordan Ecovillage in Tipperary, where he began his whistle-stop tour. Over the coming week I will be presenting CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain work across Ireland as part of the Convergence Festival 2017 – … Continue reading "Convergence 2017: Zero Carbon Britain goes to Ireland" The post Convergence 2...

New dates added for eco refurb short course

If you’re thinking of renovating your home and would like to find out how to do it in an environmentally sensitive way, you’ll be please to hear that we’ve just added another Eco Refurbishment short course to our calendar. Running from 3rd to 6th November and taught by expert tutor Nick Parsons, the practical hands-on … Continue reading "New dates added for eco refurb short course" The post New dates added for eco refurb short cours...

The CAT Conference 2017

With CAT’s annual conference fast approaching, programme organiser Tanya Hawkes gives us a taste of what’s in store. 100 Good Ideas: Making it Happen The best thing about organising CAT’s lively annual conference is consolidating all that CAT does so well into one weekend. For two days staff, students, volunteers, CAT members and supporters and … Continue reading "The CAT Conference 2017" The post The CAT Conference 2017 appeared fi...

Living together: the environmental benefits of co-housing and communal living

From saving energy to reducing waste packaging, sharing living space has the potential to reduce our environmental impact. CAT Information Officer Mim Davies explores the possibilities. Living more communally can have great social and personal benefits. Housing co-operatives, for example, give tenants full and equal control over their housing situation. They encourage co-operation between tenants … Continue reading "Living together: the en...