The challenge is in providing a reliable supply of power, when and where it is needed, with the least environmental impact and at the best cost. No mean feat!
Large or small, long or short in duration, the objectives are the same. Events use power for everything from communications equipment, visitor amenities, camp sites, food concessions, AV production, broadcast equipment, security and staff facilities. Often dispersed over a wide area, the job of planning and delivering power is daunting.
Event organisers are increasingly aware of their environmental impact and often demonstrating a commitment to this is a condition for a licence to hold the event in the first place. For broadcasters, high quality power with minimum noise is a must. Where possible, the use of renewable energy sources is highly desired. Many events have long build up and beak down periods where power needs are more modest and this is often where the biggest savings and benefits can be enjoyed.
gridtogo™ can be charged up from mains power for less than £5 and deliver enough energy to comfortably power a one-day event. For those bigger events that utilise many tens, if not hundreds of generators, much of the capacity for peripheral services are under-utilised. These installations are ideal candidates for hybrid solutions that can save substantial amounts of fuel and emissions but also save in logistics by reducing or eliminating the need for re-fuelling. The significant reductions in running hours also help to extend generator life and reduce the frequency of service intervals. These are all things that save money as well as contributing to carbon reduction, better air quality and the elimination of noise.
With over 50,000 living plants in their UNESCO world heritage site, the staff at Kew Gardens are very aware of the impact their activities have on the immediate and wider environment. With many events and activities undertaken with the site, getting power where it is needed is a challenge.