Ask The Experts - Robots & Retrofit

7.00pm on Wednesday 8th of December

A talk on Zoom by Leigh Fairbrother, Head of Sales of Q-Bot, who will present how Q-Bot uses intelligent robots that go under your floor to spray insulation under floorboards The insulation immediately reduces the heat lost through the floor and the draughts, ensuring a healthy and energy-efficient home.
Starts at 7pm on Wednesday the 8th of December.
Leigh has a background in architecture and has been working on energy efficiency related projects with social housing providers for over a decade. Leigh is passionate about the decarbonisation agenda and keen to help householders reduce the demand for heat and improve the quality of their homes. Leigh is on his own retrofit journey with a complex project on his 210 year old home and happy to share his knowledge and experience.
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Previous Events

‘COP26’ What was achieved and what wasn’t?

Martin Fry discusses the successes and failures of the COP26 conference held in Glasgow. Martin is the Honorary President of the Energy Services and Technology Association (ESTA) and a Visiting Professor at City, University of London, where he helps to run a Masters Degree on Energy and Environmental Technology and Economics.

‘Green Shoots’ Photo Competition

Marlow Energy Group’s (MEG’s) ‘Green Shoots’ competition for the best photos, which show improvements to our environment around Marlow, was won by Verity West for her ‘Bug Hotel’ photograph. Verity won the first prize of a cheque for £50 for her photo (see photo). Marlow Town Mayor, Cllr Richard Scott, presented Verity with her cheque (see photo). The photos that were chosen in second, third and fourth places received a cheque for £35, a £20 voucher from Saddle Safari and a £20 voucher from FourState, respectively. The Marlow Energy Group (MEG) was delighted to receive so many entries from so many people, who care about our local environment.

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Ed Gemmell discusses the importance of the COP26 conference held in Glasgow. Ed is the Managing Director of ‘Scientists Warning Europe’ and is leading the SWE delegation at COP26. Locally Ed is Chairman of the Hazlemere Parish Council Climate Emergency Working Party and a Unitary Councillor for Buckinghamshire, elected on the one policy of "Climate Action Now"

Marlow Carnival - Village Green September 2021

Marlow Energy Group’s (MEG’s) had a stand at the Green Village at the Marlow Carnival in September (see photo, opposite). MEG Members invited families and individuals to play a ‘Duplo Game’. Participants added Duplo blocks to form piles relating to their various energy usages. This enabled them to comprehend their own Carbon Footprint and how it compared with UK averages. Click on ‘Information’ in headings above, to calculate your own Carbon Footprint.

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Demand Side Response September 2021

With an increasing proportion of our electricity coming from intermittent renewable energy sources like wind & solar, new strategies are needed to match electricity supply and demand.

At any moment, the amount of electrical power generated, and consumed need to be in balance - too much or too little, could lead to power-cuts, or wind /solar farms being turned off when they could be delivering power.

Traditionally, supply and demand were matched by ramping fossil fuel and hydro-power up and down, but increasingly as fossil fuels provide a smaller share of electricity, this needs to be supplemented by adjusting demand to match supply, and by storing power for later use.

Examples include running industrial processes at times when there is spare generation available on the grid, letting the grid operator control when out immersion heaters run, and smart electric vehicle charging / vehicle to grid.

Gary's talk will discuss these demand side management, and related smart meter / tariff arrangements and how these interact with the emerging Internet of Things.".

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Plastic Waste May 2021

Ed Gemmell, Founder of No Disposable Cup Day, Managing Director of charity Scientists Warning Europe, will be introducing us to ‘No Disposable Cup Day’ and talking about the environmental disaster associated with the UK’s insatiable coffee habit. He will then comment on the takeaway packaging industry, plastic lawns, plastic diets, Tik Tok and what we can do to fight plastic pollution and climate change in our own lives.

Brian will be talking about the ‘End Plastic Soup’ initiative, which was started by the Rotary Clubs of Amsterdam in 2018. A member of Marlow Bridge Rotary Club, Brian is an Ambassador for this initiative. Brian will cover plastic waste and micro-plastics pollution in the River Thames, plus the global problem with plastic waste and its solutions.

Marlow Bridge Rotary Club - Acting as a community hub for local projects April 2021

Paul Bolton is the President of Marlow Bridge Rotary Club (MBRC). Paul will give a talk on how MBRC supports various community projects both locally and internationally.

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Hydro Power March 2021

The speaker was Lars Boerner, the Managing Director of VerdErg. The company envisions a future where low head hydropower can be as reliable and as cost effective as energy from fossil fuels, but with a considerably lower carbon footprint.

VerdErg technologies could minimise negative impacts to rivers, such as the Thames, while generating clean energy to local households & businesses.

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Hydrogen Cars

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Learn all about the Riversimple Hydrogen Fuel cell Car. Hugo Spowers of Riversimple explains how the Riversimple business model works, followed by a question and answer session.

Marlow Solar Streets: PV panel opportunity January 2021

Marlow Energy Group, in association with IDDEA, held a ‘Marlow Solar Streets’ Zoom event promoting installation of solar PV in Marlow.

IDDEA have already installed 700 solar projects in the south and south-west. The highly competitive figure of £4000 for 12 panels (4kWp total) is being offered on the basis that IDDEA can make at least 10 installations in and around Marlow. This has not been a problem in other towns such as Henley, Thame, and St Albans.

The Zoom presentation will describe the financial savings, environmental benefits and how to apply for the initial survey.

This exciting venture is supported by Marlow Town Council’s ‘Sustainable Marlow’ campaign and by many local groups.

For more information see

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Local Electricity Supplies December 2020

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Draftbusting & Insulation November 2020

Explaining both the benefits of good insulation, by Tony Cowling of Draft Busters, but also giving an explanation of the Government's Green Home grants, by Ed Andrews of Instagroup.

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Electric Vehicles Explained

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Electric Bikes and Cars

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Domestic Heat Pumps - Myths & Legends September 2020

Learn all about Air Source and Ground Source Heat Pumps and the contribution that they can make to the decarbonisation of heat in pursuit of Net Zero Carbon.

Bean Beanland, [ex]Chair of the Council of the Ground-source Heat Pump Association, will explain all about Heat Pumps.

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Solar Power Explained July 2020

Andy Tunstall of the Green Group explains about how solar panels work and the role they play in decarbonsiing domestic power use.

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