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Aggreko to Power Glastonbury Festival with Alternative Fuels

To support its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint Aggreko will introduce emission-reducing power solutions at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

To support its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and pursuing more efficient ways of providing power, Aggreko, the world-leading 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. Aggreko, the exclusive power supplier for the festival since 2007, this year will power several locations at the festival by hybrid thermal-solar generators, combined with battery storage systems and the company’s proprietary energy management software. This will ensure maximum efficiency and minimize the carbon impact, Aggreko said. Together, the innovative systems will save more than 200 metric tons 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, Aggreko said.  

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 percent used vegetable oils and waste fats. 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 percent reduction in particulates; more than 80 percent 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 percent 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 minimize its impact on the environment.”

The festival takes place from June 26th to June 30.  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. 

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