• British Summer Time

Project Details

  • Construction Date

    July 2017

  • Location

    Hyde Park, London

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Project Description

Power Logistics has been providing a complete project management solution that sees us deliver all site and show power requirements for AEG’s Barclaycard presents British Summer Time festival, held in London’s Hyde Park, since 2014.This includes providing power for all stages, back stage and productions and the VIP garden along with the numerous bars and concessions and brand activation areas around the site.

Our solution includes the supply and installation of over 50 generators, ranging in size from 20 kva to 500kva. Over half the sets come direct from our own fleet, with the remainder provided by a carefully selected supplier. We also provide all the cabling, distribution equipment and ramps along with site lighting that encompasses some 90 towerlights, floodlights and festoon lighting.

Designing the power solution for a project of this size takes careful planning with the entire site layout needing to be taken into consideration. For example, certain generators that power the delay towers are sited millimetre perfect so as not to interfere with audience site lines to the stage. A schematic drawing is produced for the distribution system that includes everything from the largest 500 kva generator to each 13-amp socket.

Our team is always mindful of providing the right power management solution for all of our projects so power saving, reducing fuel bills and being energy efficient is at the forefront of everything that we do.

We will always look to provide the correct size generators for the event and continuously monitor loads and timings. Our bespoke power management solution allows generators to be synchronised in pairs, trios, fours, fives etc. Generators then supply the minimum requirement always but are programmed to turn themselves on or off, depending on the increases or decreases in load. This enables the generators to be operated on a power by demand system. This system is used at British Summer Time; synchronised generator sets were supplied to main stages, bars and concessions and the toilets.

Over the last four years AEG Live and LoudSound have been keen to improve the impact of the festival on the environment and has always demonstrated a commitment to sustainability which we have been more than happy to support.

Since 2015 many of the generator sets at British Summer Time have been fitted with specialist monitoring equipment, allowing us to monitor power consumption, provide real-time information and create a power log for the main stage and other key generator sites. This work and analysis has been used to deliver AEG’s team detailed and clear information about the power consumption and fuel usage required, ensuring that the event was as energy efficient as possible and the impact on the environment of temporary power was reduced.

In May 2016, we conducted a scientific test, employing experts to analyse and research the impact of running a hydrogenated vegetable oil in our generator sets. This was all carried out at our own cost to investigate the performance and reliability of a greener solution. It was a risk to our expensive machinery, which has previously perished when using an alien fuel. Since this test we have provided HVO run generator sets to several festivals in 2017, including British Summer Time 2017 where 50% of the site was ran on HVO, in our own sets and those hired in, thus reducing the events carbon footprint further.

In addition, all of the festoon lighting that we supplied was LED as was the majority of the flood lighting that we installed, specifically the arena lights that we installed on delay towers.