Research & Development / Consultancy
Cwm Harry is very much a Do Think Tank. This means we believe in doing practical things but that we are good at thinking how they are both designed and delivered to the benefit of the environment, the communities in which they operate and of course the client.
We retain a small development team but regularly draw in innovative brains from our teams on the ground, from our associates and indeed from the communities we work with. This unique combination not only gives good value for money but also gives innovation in abundance. We are particularly good at bridging the gap between practical on the ground solutions and the policy frameworks which help or hinder them. A sort of policy and solutions approach.
We like to think we are good at . . . . . . zero waste – food – energy – nutrients – growing . . . . . through building sustainable businesses for people and planet.
If you would like to talk to us about developing a project or business do please contact us. To give you a flavour of the sort of work we undertake here at Cwm Harry . . . . .
Hub and pod – redesigning the way anaerobic digestion is configured so as to meet all ABPR standards yet combine farm based digesters with a food waste processing hub. The idea is to spread the benefits of AD whilst reducing the capital outlay costs. We are building not only an underlying business model but also negotiating the ‘fit’ of this approach to AD with the relevant authorities such as Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHLVA) and the Environment Agency.
Community Firewood – an action research feasibility study to design and build a cooperatively owned company that both installs log burning stoves (in homes struggling to keep warm) but also ensures the supply of sustainable and locally owned firewood. On top of the business plan we are working on proposals to DECC (Department for Energy and Climate Change) on recommendations for how the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) can be applied to these technologies so as to make them affordable.
Previous projects have included:
ZW communities – designing, building and then deploying in partnership with the community the Zero Waste places programme – see our work here.
Community Ownership of an Anaerobic Digester – in relation to a specific AD plant we took on the technical and financial feasibility work to ascertain the viability of how AD can be effectively and affordably run by and for communities.
Monty Food Cooperative – undertaking the market research and modelling for a unique producer retailer cooperative in Montgomeryshire. Now live it brings together those who produce local food and those who sell it to overcome their common problems of marketing and distribution
See our work here.