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How batteries and solar keep major events sustainable

Planning or organizing in-person industry events such as trade shows or conferences can be a daunting task today, especially given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Health and safety always come first for organizers, now more than ever. But there is another concern that is rapidly growing in importance: the health and safety of our planet. Sustainable practices and operational decarbonization are rapidly gaining importance as high priorities across the event industry.

According to a report by the Natural Marketing Institute, more than half of US consumers consider a company’s environmental impact when making purchasing decisions and are more likely to do business with companies that have sustainable practices. As more and more companies follow this trend and deal with it transparently, event organizers have to think twice and ask: “How can I make my event more sustainable or environmentally friendly?” In order to better align themselves with the values ​​of their participants, exhibitors, interest groups and the media.

There are many ways to address the challenge of greening an event, from providing only sustainable food to using digitized business cards. One of the most effective ways to drastically reduce an event’s carbon footprint is to see how it’s run. With readily available portable systems, there are a number of energy solutions that can make large events more sustainable. The two we’ll explore in this article are battery storage and solar panels; examine how both events can make things greener and the many benefits they offer.

The quiet power of the batteries

The purpose of battery storage is to store energy for later use – when and where it is needed most.

Large portable batteries can be combined with any type of mobile generator (whether solar, HVO-powered, natural gas or conventional diesel) to provide additional reliability and reduce generator run time. By storing energy and reducing reliance on generators, batteries can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the carbon footprint of any event.

The batteries themselves are quiet and emission-free, which makes them great options for performing arts events or other occasions that require quiet: think of ceremonies, golf tournaments, concerts, or meditation retreats. Batteries also significantly reduce fuel costs and can thus make the energy system of any event more efficient, more reliable (quieter!) And more environmentally friendly.

The infinite power of the sun

Solar energy has many unique advantages and properties that make it an excellent choice for powering events. These are:

  • Solar is 100% emission-free
  • Coupling solar energy with batteries can provide reliable, clean energy around the clock
  • Solar is silent and eliminates noise from a generator

For example, a 4 kW solar panel attached to battery storage could provide full power to a section of a music festival. In this way, thanks to the silence of the battery and solar power, festival goers can enjoy great music for days without interference from generator noise.

Plus, solar panels are impressive to see – it can be exciting and inspiring for attendees to see their event run in a clean and sustainable way.

Mix and match to find the ultimate green solution

The biggest advantage of battery and solar energy is that the two resources can be integrated to provide the most environmentally friendly power supply for many large events.

Together, the two of them can create a hybrid microgrid, a stand-alone version of a conventional power grid that delivers energy directly to a specific area. These microgrids consist of locally generated energy from solar panels, a backup energy supply such as a mobile generator and a portable battery storage system. This combination provides a cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable power supply.

As mentioned earlier, solar power is economical and the cleanest renewable energy source available – once installed the cost of generating electricity is almost zero – as are the emissions! A good backup energy supply in case the sun is not shining, like a generator, can be a suitable addition to solar power. Generators are the first choice for safe and stable power, especially in remote areas, and provide the ideal emergency plan when bad weather affects solar panels. In addition, cleaner and more efficient fuels are introduced to the market every year, and portable generators that run on sustainable fuel sources are readily available.

After all, intelligent battery storage is the key to a stable and reliable hybrid power supply. It can store solar power when it’s needed and buffer the effects of fluctuating electricity demand and supply.

These hybrid microgrids are all individual, portable and modular energy systems that can be mobilized and made available just as quickly as they can be removed. Mix and match to create a hybrid and you have a one-stop power solution for any event, whether you need it for a few days or a few months.

Conclusion

When it comes to events, there is no room for error. To be in public, the pressure for sustainable implementation is a serious challenge. But with the right mobile power solution, events can successfully support the global mission of a greener planet. Big or small, local or global – these new energy approaches can have a big impact so that your event can run efficiently and cleanly, while participants and exhibitors have the certainty of being part of a future-oriented event.

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