All over Europe, festivals take the lead in finding innovative ways to use resources intelligently, employ renewable systems and reduce emissions. Yet at these festivals, diesel generators are still the most employed source to provide electricity due to a large amount of power needed. Using diesel to generate electricity has big disadvantages: substantial CO2 emissions, noise annoyance of droning generators, and bad odours. With the latest developments in renewable energy, for instance vertical axis wind turbines, more efficient solar panels, improved batteries, now allow for an efficient and economically attractive approach to produce large amounts of power from sustainable resources only.
PowerVIBES aims to reduce festivals’ carbon footprint by 20% by making diesel generators superfluous. Instead, affordable and reliable energy is produced from renewable resources wind, biomass, and solar power. To illustrate, if the Netherlands’ summer festivals cut their diesel consumption by 10%, over 1,000,000 litres of diesel and over 3,000 tonnes of CO2 would be saved annually. Factsheet GEM august 2019
This project combines a vertical axis wind turbine, PV panels, and a battery, all customized in a containerized unit and with a bio-fuel generator as backup. All are connected in a smart grid. Two of such transportable units (with smart grid) will be built and tested on 16 festival sites in total. This extensive testing regime is essential due to the large differences among festivals, as they operate under significantly different legal, technical, seasonal, locational, and environmental conditions. This process of reflection and feedback (with a loop of testing-analysing-adjusting-implementing after each test) leads to a (practically) universally applicable system, to be used in all countries of the NWE region.
This energy production is completely clean. Therefore, the unit can be clearly visible on a festival site to reach an audience of millions that experiences this sustainable energy concept.
Learn more about the GEM Tower here: http://www.gem-tower.com/
Off Grid Energy’s role in the project
OGE is responsible for designing and supplying the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) for the GEM Tower to ensure that energy generated by the wind turbine and the solar PV panels is captured, stored and discharged when needed. This project represents a great opportunity to work with other European companies to progress sustainable energy generation and use across the festival sector. OGE is proud to be involved in such a prestigious project.