Low-techs stand for low technology. They are technological tools that require a minimum input, are usually low cost, focus on renewable energies, rely on low energy consumption and should be easy to build with local and easy to source materials. These are primordial criteria to make them easily available, and to promote their usage with an open-source mindset.
With the help of Neil Keyzer from COC Foundation and Shekina Garden, we have built our own solar dehydrator and are now enjoying delicious dried fruits (bananas, mangoes). It’s a great way to save fruits that are plentiful in season and scarce the rest of the year!
There are different designs that vary in efficiency, but all aim to use the sun to heat water for showers or for cooking.
They are made of a heat collector standing below an insulated tank. Gravity and the fact that hot water will rise above cold water can make them completely electricity-free.
Our excrements can be transformed into rich compost. So why throw them away?
The solar dehydrator was our first low-tech project in 2018. There are many more we’d like to develop in the future, particularly to equip the farm and start the farm-stay to accommodate volunteers.
We would love to welcome volunteers with knowledge, skills and experience to help us and eventually organize workshops to develop these low-techs and spread the good work.
Please feel free to contact us if you want to start a project with us!
Our dream is to start a plastic recycling project in Pai to tackle the major issue of landfills. Low Tech solutions exist (Precious Plastic, ByFusion), and we have started to look into them with Joshua Campbell from Taiwan whose has come up with a proof of concept and is willing to help us spread the technology. Stay tuned for results!