To support its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and pursuing more efficient ways of providing power, Aggreko, a provider of mobile modular power, temperature control and energy services, will introduce a number of emission-reducing power solutions at this year's Glastonbury Festival. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Distributed Generation: Minigrid Microgrid Zero Emission 2018-2038.
Aggreko is proud to have been the exclusive power supplier for the festival since 2007, and this year there will be several locations at the festival powered by hybrid thermal-solar generators, combined with battery storage systems and our proprietary energy management software. This will ensure maximum efficiency and minimise the carbon impact and together, these innovative systems, will save over 200 metric tonnes of CO2 across the course of the festival, compared to the use of traditional diesel generators.
Uniquely, the festival's Green Fields HQ will run entirely on solar power for the duration of the festival, which when combined with the battery storage systems, will provide a reliable power source during the hours of festival operation.
In addition, this year will see the use of cleaner, healthier fuel deployed in Aggreko generators - Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), purchased by Glastonbury directly. HVO fuel which is made to an international specification, is derived from a mix of 100% used vegetable oils and waste fats. HVO differs from BioDiesel as its uses Hydrogenation and naturally occurring hydrogen as a catalyst, as opposed to alcohol in Biodiesel production, Green D+ is the marketing name of and HVO variant with additives to improve efficiency in use. It is sourced from 100% used cooking oil and various organic feedstock, which would otherwise go to waste and is categorised as preferable by the EU's Renewable Energy Directive II. No virgin crops are used in the fuel. All carbon is removed in the production process resulting in a biofuel of higher consistency, quality and purity than other biofuels.
The variant of HVO which will be used during the event includes additives which produce a fuel that have several advantages over standard diesel:
- 84% reduction in particulates;
- Over 80% saving on greenhouse gases;
- Zero sulphur emissions and;
- Significantly reduced noise pollution.
By switching to this fuel, which works in all Aggreko diesel generators without modification, Aggreko will achieve a 5% improvement in generation efficiency and a C02 saving equivalent to the annual emissions of 45 family cars.
Bill Egan, a Principle Engineer at Aggreko Events Services who has a been working with Glastonbury Festival for over 25 years, said: "Powering a major event like Glastonbury presents a huge challenge. Providing 25MW of low-carbon power with the reliability to ensure that there are no disappointments for the festival-goers is no mean feat. Aggreko's use of low carbon HVO fuel, combined with our innovative thermal, hybrid, storage and solar power solutions will ensure that everyone enjoys the festival without interruption, all the whilst supporting Glastonbury's efforts to minimise its impact on the environment".
The festival takes place from 26th - 30th June. It is the largest greenfield festival in the world, attended by around 175,000 people. The five-day festival near Pilton, Somerset, is regarded as a major event in British culture and raises millions of pounds for good causes.
Aggreko is a world-leading provider of mobile modular power, temperature control and energy services. We are working at the forefront of a rapidly changing energy market and are focused on solving our customers' challenges to provide cost-effective, flexible and greener solutions across the globe.
We harness innovation that helps us maintain a global reach and supply portable equipment for a wide range of uses. From unique commercial industrial projects, through to utility provision and humanitarian emergencies. We bring expertise and equipment to any location, from the world's busiest cities to its most remote places.
Aggreko specialises in serving eight key sectors: Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Mining, Petrochemicals & Refining, Business Services & Construction, Events, Data Centres and Utilities.
Across these, our equipment offers maximum fuel flexibility, using gas, diesel (including HFO), and renewable fuel sources. We offer microgrid and storage solutions and are developing our offer to include more tools to help our customers adapt to the energy transition the world is experiencing. What makes us unique is our extensive expertise, experience and values. This means we put our customers first, innovate and deliver leaner and more efficient equipment quickly.
Since 1962, Aggreko has grown from a small local business to a global energy pioneer. We have more than 7,300 employees, operating in around 100 countries. With revenues of approximately GBP 1.8bn (USD 2.2bn or Euros 2bn) in 2018, we are listed on the London Stock Exchange (AGK.L) and headquartered in Scotland.
Aggreko draws together global expertise and technology development to go further for customers. The ability to provide power, heating and cooling will continue to open-up opportunity and create potential for individuals, communities, industries and societies all over the world.
Together and over time, we believe our services will make a massive difference.
For more information, please visit our local website at: aggreko.com
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