Archive for July, 2011

Another glorious Guernsey Bicycle Group summer evening ride in the heart of the Guernsey countryside

July 27th, 2011 by Richard Lord

On the 26 July, the Guernsey Bicycle Group met at the Vauxbelets car park below Blanchelande College for the tenth GBG summer evening ride of 2011.

Guernsey Bicycle Group summer evening riders met at the Vauxbelets car park below Blanchelande College at 7 pm on 26 July 2011 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Rupert Dorey planned the route and led the evening ride. Continue reading

A proposal for solid and liquid waste treatment facilities at Longue Hougue

July 26th, 2011 by Dick Bilborough

  • Longue Hougue is the dedicated location for a waste park and a sewage treatment utility.
  • Outline planning permission for most waste technologies already in place.
  • The proposal would service every household and business in Guernsey.
  • Requires the approval of the Assembly of the States of Guernsey. Continue reading

Delft University of Technology wins grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to reinvent toilet

July 26th, 2011 by Richard Lord

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, the Netherlands) a grant to ‘Reinvent the toilet’.

The aim of this project is to develop new technology for processing human waste without links to water, energy, or sewer lines, and at costs affordable to the poor in developing countries.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced this grant at the AfricaSan conference in Rwanda as part of more than $40 million in new investments launching its Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene strategy. Continue reading

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks to reinvent the toilet to improve global human sanitation

July 26th, 2011 by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

On 19 July 2011 The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced the launch of a strategy to help bring safe, clean sanitation services to millions of poor people in the developing world.

In a keynote address at the 2011 AfricaSan Conference in Kigali, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the foundation’s Global Development Program, called on donors, governments, the private sector, and NGOs to address the urgent challenge, which affects nearly 40 percent of the world’s population. Flush toilets are unavailable to the vast majority in the developing world, and billions of people lack a safe, reliable toilet or latrine. More than a billion people defecate in the open. Continue reading

Dr David Fleming’s book ‘Lean Logic – A dictionary for the future and How to Survive it’ published

July 25th, 2011 by Shaun Chamberlin

Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It by the late Dr. David Fleming, inventor of Tradable Energy Quotas (TEQs), has been published.

(click book cover to go to Lean Logic website)

The 736 page hardback book (ISBN: 9-780-955-084966) comprises David Fleming’s final draft, comprehensive footnotes, bibliography and references.  The book has many wonderful wood cuts and illustrations.

All proceeds from sales of Lean Logic will be used to promote Dr David Fleming’s work and passions, including TEQs.

Copies may be obtained for £30 or £25 each for two or more (plus £5 per copy for postage and packing for UK addresses) by sending address details and a cheque payable to Lucy Barlow to:

Lean Logic

Court Farm House

North Street


Oxon OX27 7QX

If you prefer to make a bank transfer or to inquire about the cost of overseas postage please email: orders @ for the required information.


University of Leicester researching fast rechargeable batteries

July 25th, 2011 by University of Leicester

University of Leicester researchers are spearheading the development of a novel type of sustainable zinc-based rechargeable battery for electric vehicles (EV) and hybrid EVs.

The €3.5 million research project, PolyZion, is funded under the EU Seventh Framework Programme and combines world-class research organisations in investigating ionic liquids, conducting plastics, zinc deposition, pulse charging and batteries.

At present, commonly used lead acid, nickel metal hydride or lithium ion rechargeable batteries in electric vehicles have technological, cost and environmental limitations, in addition to short circuiting issues. Continue reading

Credit Suisse providing free entry to Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery’s Mervyn Peake exhibition on 30 and 31 July

July 25th, 2011 by Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery

Credit Suisse will be offering free entrance to the Mervyn Peake exhibition over the weekend of 30 and 31 July 2011 as part of its annual celebration of Swiss National Day.

The Swiss bank is sponsoring the summer-long exhibition at Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery featuring the work of the late Mervyn Peake as part of its 25th anniversary of business in the island this year.

Mervyn Peake's wife Maeve Gilmore with their two sons and pet donkey at their home in Sark, 1947. (Click image to expand - image ©Mervyn Peake Estate)

The exhibition entitled Mervyn Peake’s Sark: ‘To the sweep of a steel bay’ examines some of the artworks and illustrations produced by Peake during his time in Sark, which was fortunate to offer a home to Peake on two separate occasions. Continue reading

Using inexpensive manufacturing methods to produce efficient solar cells

July 25th, 2011 by Science and Technology Facilities Council

A study, published in the Journal Advanced Energy Materials, paves the way for new solar cell manufacturing techniques and the promise of developments in renewable solar energy.  Efficient solar cell structures can be made using simple and inexpensive manufacturing methods – where flexible layers of material are deposited over large areas like cling-film. Continue reading

Vauvert in St Peter Port to be closed for wastewater network project

July 25th, 2011 by Guernsey Water

GUERNSEY Wastewater will be installing a new surface water sewer in Vauvert as part of its strategic separation of surface and foul water sewers.

The project, which will commence on 25 July 2011 and will necessitate the closure of Vauvert for six weeks over the school summer holidays, will be carried out by local contractors Geomarine at a cost of around £150,000.

(click on map to expand - map courtesy of Guernsey wastewater)

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Guernsey Bicycle Group extend summer evening rides due to popularity

July 22nd, 2011 by Guernsey Bicycle Group

The Guernsey Bicycle Group summer evening bicycle rides have been popular.  Due to strong demand the GBG have extended their summer evening rides for a further four weeks.

The Guernsey Bicycle Group arrive at the Grantez Mill to admire the view of Guernsey's west coast (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

These additional summer evening bicycle rides will cover old favourite routes and new routes, which will provide enjoyment for those who have supported these bicycle rides in the past, and also for those who have yet to try one.

(Click on table to download PDF file of bicycle ride schedule)

GBG spokesperson Rollo de Sausmarez said “The organized rides will continue to be a relaxed, sociable, safe and welcoming way to cycle through some of the most scenic parts of our beautiful island. I’d recommend them to cyclists of all ages and abilities.”

For more details about these rides please contact Rollo de Sausmarez on 07781 144144