Shane Kelly is an Engineering graduate and member of the Institute of Environmental Engineers.
DIY Renewable Technology Workshops
These sessions give participants the skills and experience to work with solar panel powered projects at home. The sessions cover principles of solar power and an introduction to electronics. Attendees are taught how to make solar powered battery chargers and to understand how each component works. These workshops are well attended and have received very positive feedback.
Development and Environment Webinars
Delivering a series of free webinars which feature speakers on topics relevant to development, the environment and related projects. Topics include micro-grid technology and fossil fuel divestment and hear from university lecturers and scientists.
Outreach For Schools
Delivering sessions for groups of children on the importance of managing resources offering an introduction to climate change, resource scarcity and renewable technologies.
Open University Societies
Shane Kelly chairs two Open University societies:
- The Open University Development and Environment Society which focuses on sharing knowledge relating to development and the environment, during his time as chair he has increased the size of the society and the governing committee (volunteers), set up an equipment library for members and worked closely with members of the faculty and staff on improving the ethical and environmental impact of the university. Visit the Open University Development and Environment Society website.
- OU Engineering for Humanity which focuses on taking practical action to create solutions to real-world problems, Shane set up OU-EFH and has supported it to grow whilst recruiting members for its committee. The organisation is supporting OU students to work on a variety of projects including rainwater harvesting systems in countries in the developing world. Visit the Engineering for Humanity website.
Earth Trust Visitor Farm
Created computer aided designs for a visitor farm for a local charity helping people to reconnect to the natural world. work included surveying potential users, site visits, obtaining and reviewing quotes and design of 6 farm buildings, hard standings, road layouts, viewing areas and amenities with future proofing.
Wallingford Community Energy:
Volunteered for a local grass-roots organisation promoting the use of renewable energy. Set up an energy meter library and managed a bank of volunteers to deliver information, advice and guidance on saving energy and switching to renewables.
Chords Against the Cuts
Organised a community music event in order to raise awareness of, and protest against, cuts to welfare services.
(NB Shane Touhey is seen here as my pre-married surname)