Hyde Park, London
Site & Show Power
Power Management Solution
Power Logistics has been providing a complete project management solution for AEG’s Barclaycard presents British Summer Time festival, held in London’s Hyde Park, since 2014.This includes the delivery of all site and show power and site lighting requirements, including: all stages, back stage and production areas, the VIP gardens, numerous bars and concessions and brand activation areas around the site.
Over the last six years AEG Live and LoudSound have been keen to improve the impact of the festival is having on the environment and has always demonstrated a commitment to sustainability which as a team we’ve been more than happy to support. This led to us to carrying out power monitoring introducing LED lighting solutions at the festival back in 2015. We went on to introduce HVO fuel at specific areas around the site in 2017.
With previous successes and foundations laid, the 2019 event took a huge leap forward in terms of sustainable initiatives. For the first time the site was fuelled solely with HVO, this form of renewable diesel is produced from vegetable fats and oils. Unlike regular biodiesel, hydrogen is used as a catalyst in the creation process instead of methanol. Supplying an event of this size and scale with 100% renewable fuel is a significant step, not only for British Summer Time, but for our industry as a whole. Green D claims that its fuel can deliver up to a 97% reduction in carbon emissions. However, along with the use of HVO we also focussed on reducing our overall fuel consumption.
The data from power monitoring in 2018 was analysed and used to specify a more efficient power systems for 2019, including using generators in a load demand configuration. We evaluated that it was possible to install a smaller set in each of the large generator banks for use during the build and breakdown period. This resulted in a reduction of 8000 litres of fuel during this year’s build.
Our power monitoring system is unique and utilises QR codes which are placed on every generator, fuel tank and fuel bowser, as equipment is sited, its location, running hours, fuel usage etc. are uploaded via a server to a purpose-built database. This has enabled us to deliver clients a % breakdown of their fuel usage across identified areas with real time data so event organisers can see exactly how much fuel is being used and where. In addition, we can make adapt our offering during the event to ensure that we are being as sustainable as possible. The effective use of power monitoring at British Summer Time 2019 reduced the fuel used by more than 30% from 2018.