Experimental Engineering

County Galway


Protection of the Natural Environment is extremely important to us, so the development of intermediate technologies is high on our agenda. Those who possess an interest in Engineering and who have a deep seated love of Nature will appreciate that there need be little conflict between the two.


Our specific interests are in experimental engineering and technologies related to sustainability. An important aspect of this is the development of efficient biofuel space heating and power generation plant for use in rural and isolated communities.
For these purposes, Stirling cycle machines as well as reciprocating steam plant offer particularly attractive possibilities. As well as offering the potential for stand alone biofuel use, either type of unit can be utilised in conjunction with standard or modified four stroke internal combustion engined generators to provide a substantial improvement in overall fuel efficiency. 
There are certain well established and relatively minor modifications which might be applied to internal combustion engine power packs to enable them to operate directly from biofuels.  

Consume or Create? - What did you do today?
Machining a Ball Handle - Computer aided manual turning.
Evironmental Steganography - Where would you store Nuclear waste?
The Jig Borer - A kind of Pillar Drill.
In Praise of The Shaper - A more useful machine than some folk think.
Learning to Draw - Don't believe your End of Term Report.
Life Influences and the Laws of Social Dynamics - Being human transcends money and status.
Some Numerological Notes on Musical Tones - How powerful might music be?
Social Welfare Fraud - For some people it's a Democratic Right.
Out of Steam? - The process of democratic deterioration.
All Summer Long - A story about everyday communication.
Odd - An essay on the environment in its broadest terms - The way things appear to be, as viewed from the intellectual scrapheap.
Glass Ceilings - Transparent but very real.
Hanging Around - Why would anyone want to do that?
Getting the Measure of Things
There's Always Room For Mistakes
The Health & Safety Dichotomy
Turf - Ireland's Renewable Fuel
Graduation Day
One Case For A National Patent
Natural Philosophy
A Social Perspective - You can be whatever you want to be??
A close look at an old file
Low Power Lightbulb - There might be more to sustainability than meets the eye.
Fowler's Fury
A Lubrication Problem
A Handy Degausser
A Labourer's Lot
Measurement of Centre Height
Time Served - The university of life.
On Perpetual Motion
Learning English in the 1960s - We all had to grow up sometime.
An Interesting Construction
By Appointment ... After A Fashion - They also serve who only sweep the floor.
Quality - One important characteristic which pervades every aspect of life.
The 84 Thou leadscrew
Lifestyle Choice - Have you made yours?
A Thought Provoking Phenomenon - What more can I say?
The Raw Recruit
A collection of disparate articles
The Shaper Saw - Another use for a versatile machine.
A CNC Program


Any person who would like to contribute to the development work which is being carried out at Heron Meadows is invited to contact us at the email address given. The opportunity might be attractive to individuals with an interest in engineering who are seeking an opportunity to develop new skills, experiencing long term unemployment or other social dislocation, retired, or who hope to make a fresh start in a new location. This location is fortunate in having many clear nights with a low ambient light level. For those with an interest in Astronomy, observation conditions are very favourable. Individuals who enjoy painting will have no difficulty identifying subject matter on which to practice their craft. An ability to tolerate a low stress, slow paced, creative, rural environment is essential. This opportunity is unsuitable for anyone who prefers to be woken by traffic and aircraft noise rather than birdsong.