During site inspection, a board member of CATE found a small metal disc with a hole in the middle. The disc is inscribed with an upper case letter E.
Professor Terry Dougages, Dean of Archeology at Geelong’s Gordon University, believes that this find originated with workers at the former Alcoa aluminium site. “From the earliest colonial times,” Dougages states, “workers have used such artefacts as currency.” He cited the “holey dollar” in circulation in the convict settlement of Botany Bay as an example of this.
The board at CATE is considering adopting the E-disc as a symbol of the experimental art and technology which is at the core of the centre’s philosophy.
(No “dump” has yet been found. However, with excavations continuing for the underground rail terminal, it is likely that more artefacts from the smelter and earlier human uses of Point Henry will be located.)
The smelter prior to redevelopment as CATE@thesmelter.
When you leave CATE@thesmelter, take a bicycle trip around the shores of Corio Bay to Geelong and beyond.
The 220,000kv power line has for 50 years brought vast amounts of dirty (coal-produced) electricity to the smelter.
CATE now has 9 wind turbines along the pylon route, and all roofs have the latest technology in solar panels. CATE is not only self-supporting in electricity but now exports to the Victorian power grid.
The new light rail from Geelong is wholly powered by CATE’s renewable power grid.
All CATE’s heating is supplied by geo-thermal energy and experiments continue to add a geo-thermal generator for supply more renewable energy to the grid. Other power sources identified for future exploitation include:
- tidal energy (CATE is situated beside the narrow channel into Corio Bay)
- wave technology
- salt-transfer cells (using Osmotic power) – using the supersaturated water of the salt lagoons adjacent to less-saturated waters of Corio Bay. (Read more about this process and how it is already being utilised in Norway.)