A deep education

E.ON has provided a £30,000 grant, under its new SOURCE community initiative, for the cost of installing wind catches at The Deep, Hull. The Deep is a conservation and education charity that protects the marine environment through education, research and conservation.

The fund will be used to help pay for eight solar-powered wind catchers to be installed on the roof of the centre’s aquarium. The wind catchers will help create natural ventilation throughout the building and also help to cool the upper floor, which can overheat in warmer months.

It is expected that the wind catchers will save emissions of up to 66 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, as well as reducing the cost of keeping the aquariums at a constant temperature. The charity will also use the wind catchers as an educational resource for lessons on the science and ecology of energy conservation.

E.ON launched its SOURCE fund in 2007 to help with the costs of sustainable energy projects for community buildings. The next deadline for applications for funding is Friday 3 October 2008.