Glastonbury Festival runs on solar, storage and vegetable oil generators

Onsite power provider Aggreko will deliver 25 MW of electricity and introduce several emission-reducing power solutions at this weekend’s Glastonbury Festival.

Aggreko has supplied power to the festival since 2007 and this year several parts of the 900-acre site in Somerset, England, will be powered by hybrid thermal-solar generators, combined with battery storage systems and energy management software. 

Scotland-headquartered Aggreko said that these measures save over 200 metric tonnes of CO2 across the course of the festival, compared to using diesel generators.

The festival’s Green Fields HQ will run entirely on solar power for the duration of the festival, which will be combined with battery storage systems. And there should be no shortage of solar power, with temperatures in the town of Glastonbury set to hit 28°C tomorrow (Saturday).  

Aggreko’s generators at the festival will this year run on hydrotreated vegetable oil, which  is derived from a mix of 100 per cent used vegetable oils and waste fats.

The variant of hydrotreated vegetable oil which will be used during the event includes additives which produce a fuel that Aggreko says has several advantages over standard diesel, including an 84 per cent reduction in particulates; an 80 per cent-plus saving on greenhouse gases; and sero sulphur emissions.

Bill Egan of Aggreko Events Services said: “Powering a major event like Glastonbury presents a huge challenge. Providing 25 MW 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”.

Around 175,000 people will attend the three-day event and this year orgainser Emily Eavis has banned the sale of single-use plastic drink bottles across the site, with festival-goers being able to refill their own bottle from 850 taps and water kiosks that utlilize the site’ own purpose-built reservoirs.

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