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Spectacular motion-picture theatre and meaningful message in
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German TV, ARD
Emphatic appeal to initiative and courage -
Savor a brew, enjoy a pizza, and watch one of this year's hottest
movies. The film screening is organized by SolWest at no charge,
courtesy of John Ousterhout and The OutPost, so please show your
Energy derived entirely from renewable sources, accessible to
everyone, affordable and clean. Utopia? Not quite, as Carl A.
Fechners documentary Energy Autonomy the 4th
Revolution shows. A visionary film, arguing that through energy
autonomy we can positively influence the balance of power and
distribute resources more equitably -we need only do it. This is not
a distant dream anymore, but rapidly becoming reality, as Fechner
demonstrates presenting practical examples, exemplary projects and
the daily work of green champions around the globe.
Get to know the worlds most energy-efficient office
building in Germany, for example: a building that produces more
energy than it consumes. Learn how renewable energies secure the
existence of families in Mali and Bangladesh or how alternative
energy concepts have already started to revolutionize the car
industry and encourage new ways of mobility.
It took four years to produce this documentary (financed by
volunteers), which features celebrities, top managers, African
mothers, bankers and ambitious activists around the world. The film
visits 10 different countries, showing existing pioneer projects in
different cultures: from the vision of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate
Muhammed Yunus and his micro-credits over the visions of the Right
Livelihood Award laureate Hermann Scheer to enterprises that work
hard to become all these visions' reality.
The current energy system is on the ropes,
says Hermann Scheer, chairman of the World Renewable Energy Forum,
winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize, and member of German
parliament. A new system of energy autonomy is just about to
break through. It will make energy independent. High time
for the economy to get prepared, Scheer warns, as the world is
facing the greatest structural changes in the economy since the
beginning of the industrial age. Instead of a few owners we will have
hundreds of thousands.
After the agricultural, industrial and information
revolutions, here it comes: the fourth, the energy revolution.
AFV Alley is SolWests Alternatively-fueled Vehicle
display area for custom conversions and inventors in the corridor
between Keerins Hall and the Pavilion. In AFV Alley, youll see
what creative minds are doing to make vehicles more efficient, and
fuel them with waste products and home-made energy, in modest
workshops all over the west. If you bring your custom AFV to display
at AFV Alley, we will give you one weekend pass for free. A recycled
trophy will be given for the best owner-project vehicle.
GREEN CAR SHOW
Drive your commercially-available GREEN CAR (ULEV,
hybrid, alternative fuel, or off-grid solar RV) to SolWest, and park
in AFV Alley FOR FREE. Just pay the regular entry fee, and display a
placard (provided) in your car window for the event. Well give
you a prime parking spot, and a recycled trophy to the viewers
choice for nicest car!
Oregon Electric Vehicle Association:
"The key strategy is to use renewable electric energy to
significantly reduce CO2 and other emissions, as well as improve our
national security by reducing our dependence on oil."
The OEVA is out to prove that fueling your car
directly with electricity (preferably from renewable sources) is the
most energy-efficient way to get from Point A to
Point B. Theyre also going to prove once again that
John Day is merely a fun weekend road-trip away from Portland for
these electric vehicle (EV) enthusiasts. For the fourth year in a
row, theyll be visiting SolWest on their journey, and this time
they promise to bring some exciting new vehicles never before seen in
eastern Oregon. A Tesla
Youll get a chance to inspect the vehicles and talk to
the owners at the event. Some of the cars are stock models (such as
Tesla, Think and Nissan Leaf), and some are custom conversions (like
Ray Blackburns Toyota Yaris). Charging stations have been
arranged along the journey, since the route travels beyond the limits
of the charging grid (now extended to central Oregon). In addition to
SolWest, the OEVA attends National Plug in Day, the Better Living
Show, Earth Day events, community festivals, parades and film openings.
Using Renewables to Power Transportation is a
collaboration between the Oregon
Electric Vehicle Association, SolWest
Fair, and the Green
Living Journal. Looking
for a carpool to SolWest? Call
541-575-3633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ACTIVITIES at SOLWEST:
UNDER 12 GET INTO SOLWEST FREE!
If you are bringing your child to SolWest, and want to arrange for
some time to attend classes, we can find a provider to take care of
your child for a few hours or a day. Activities include: infant
center (Friday only), supervised play, childrens workshops.
Please call us in advance at 541-575-3633 so we can arrange for your provider
48. MAKE YOUR OWN SOLAR COOKER. AGES 5 AND UP. Bring your
kids, ages 5 and up, to build a functioning solar cooker. This solar
cooker is made from cardboard, foil and other materials. Each kid
takes home his/her own oven! This workshop teaches children (and
adults) the basics of using solar energy (the sun) to cook food.
Solar ovens are a great solution for cooking in developing countries
and remote locations. Solar ovens don't pollute, and are cheap to
make. Ray Pokorny, Solar Interior Design, Portland OR; and Kim
Brown, John Day, OR. Saturday 11:00, Solar Power Cage.
49. JUGGLING FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES. AGES 5 TO 85. Have you ever
wanted to be able to juggle 3 or more items at once? Learn the basics
or improve your skills, and have some fun! John Hibbert, La Grande
OR. Saturday 3:00, Solar Power Cage.
50. FUN AND GAMES WITH SOLAR. AGES 7-12. Introduction to
renewable energy concepts, plus discussion of Oregon energy sources,
electricity generation, and how solar electric systems work. Shadow
tag helps kids to be aware of the sun's orientation, the Utility Game
challenges kids to pay for the energy they use with rewards for
conservation, and the Electron Action Game is full of fun and
movement enacting how electricity is produced in a solar module. Tania
Hoode, CSBA, Inst for Sustainable Solutions at PSU, Portland OR.
Sunday 11:00, Solar Power Cage.52. JUGGLING FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES.
AGES 5 TO 85. Have you ever wanted to be able to juggle 3 or more
items at once? Learn the basics, and have some fun! John Hibbert,
La Grande OR. Saturday 4:00, Solar Power Cage.
Demonstrations and Hands-on Participation
July 28, 10:00am-2:00pm
join us for a dynamic demonstration of many different types of
commercially manufactured solar ovens. Bring your solar oven at 10am,
and cook with us. Food sampling and good conversation from 1-2 pm.
SOLAR OVEN CHALLENGE
Bring your homemade solar oven to SolWest for display Friday-Saturday
in the pavilion. Fair participants will vote for "People's
Choice". Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. On Sunday
bring your homemade solar oven to the solar oven potluck and show off
how well it works. Need ideas on how to make a solar oven? Check out
the Solar Cooking Wiki:
JUST SHOWER ANYWHERE, USE THE SOLAR SHOWERS!
Solar Assist of Eugene, and Mr. Sun Solar of Portland, have
installed solar showers on the SolWest fairgrounds just for you! They
can be found at the Wash Rack near the east end of the
big red barn. If you need a refreshing break, try out our solar
thermal technology for yourself!
Scott Crawford of Solar Assist will demonstrate and explain
the technology that makes hot water with sunshine at 5pm on Friday,
4pm Saturday, and Noon on Sunday, at the solar showers.
AND WIND-POWERED HAM RADIO
Ralph Javins N7KGA has been interested in Ham Radio since he
discovered the US Navy Special Services Amateur Radio Station as a
child on Oahu, where his father was stationed. Ralph uses amateur
radio for: emergency communication, participating with different
rescue, recovery and medical services; and fun stuff like operating a
station in the Radio Room of the Battleship Missouri, carrying radios
and the solar/wind power system to various islands, and taking a
small radio in the pack when hiking and camping. At SolWest, Ralph
has had conversations with people in Arizona, California, Idaho,
Colorado, Utah, Ohio, Florida, Washington, and other places.
I can say that I do enjoy the technical challenges of
working with radios and communications systems. Getting a fully
functional, self powered, self sustaining, independent, 100 Watt,
short wave radio system operational on an uninhabited island can
require innovative thinking and challenges, and attention to detail.
These concepts and techniques also find application in a situation
where you may have need for communications in an emergency, when the
normally available services all of us routinely accept will always be
there, may not be there, such as the electrical power system. And: I
met my wife, Debby, who is also a ham radio operator, on the 145.33
MHz Repeater in Seattle. Ham radio can have some surprising effects
in your life, and in ways you may not expect! --
THE SUN SAFELY
SOLAR - POWERED TELESCOPES
Learn about the power of the sun from a unique experience -- Solar
powered solar telescopes! Solar activity is increasing as we
approach the 2013-14 sunspot maximum. Enjoy an awesome, beautiful,
and safe view of our star's sunspot activity, solar flares and prominences.
Bob Yoesle has two telescopes that track the sun on a
motorized mount. One of the telescopes is equipped with a "white
light" filter. It provides a view of the Sun in all visible
colors of light, although greatly reduced in brightness. The major
features visible are the surface of the Sun and sunspots -- cooler
regions where powerful magnetic fields erupt through the Sun's surface.
The other telescope is equipped with a sophisticated
"Hydrogen-alpha" filter. This shows the Sun in a beautiful
ruby-red light, and reveals solar flares and "prominences"
that are often associated with sunspots. A second H-alpha filter
significantly improves the contrast provided by the telescope, as
well as decreasing the amount of scattered background light, giving a
much more detailed and "crisp" view of the Sun's
chromosphere, flares, and prominences. The telescope mount's drive
(which tracks the Sun by compensating for the Earth's rotation) is
powered by a 12 volt battery which is recharged by a photovoltaic
(PV) "solar panel.
Free fair entry Friday 5-7pm and
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