The Green's Windmill Trust are a charity based in Sneinton, Nottingham, who operate Green’s Windmill, a fully restored and working 19th Century tower mill. They help preserve the UK’s milling heritage, promote George Green’s scientific reputation and further the educational and public activities of the Science Centre.
The Trust are raising funds to complete the installation of a bio-diesel powered engine to power their electric millstones for milling on non-windy days. It has sourced and installed in a dedicated engine shed a vintage 1950’ s Ruston-Hornsby multifuel diesel engine and alternator to power the set of millstones, which at present are powered from the mains. The system has been set up and successfully run as proof of concept. The engine will be powered by bio-diesel, recycling used vegetable oil sourced from local fast food outlets. The engine will be wired to the set of millstones, turning them using a sustainable source, allowing the Trust to:
1) Provide the facility to mill on non-windy days for the benefit of local customers and visiting schools, 2) Offer an additional educational resource based on renewable energy, 3) Work towards becoming an ecologically friendly visitor attraction
Money saved running the currently electrically driven stones to produce flour on non-windy days will be reinvested into community participation, widening the Trusts public engagement across its core themes; science, heritage, environment, art and maths.