Towersey Festival worked with their power supplier Flying Hire to cut fuel use by almost a quarter across the site in 2018.
Flying Hire have provided power for Towersey for the last 4 years, each year working for greater efficiency, and pushing for the reduction of diesel. In 2018, a changed site plan gave the Flying Hire team the opportunity to work closely with Towersey to redesign their power plan, and achieve the significant fuel use reduction.
The new system involved building a miniature sub-station of synchronized generators and distributing all power from there; all the generators were synched on a load share demand basis for optimum running efficiency.
Planning was key to ensuring the transition would run smoothly; the team calculated the power needed around the main arena, the power being drawn, the load on cables and how this would affect the voltage. They reduced the number of generators from 14 the previous year to 8, and added an additional 3.2km of cabling in order to distribute the power. During the event fuel management for all the gen-sets was switched on and generators were monitored for optimum efficiency.
“For festivals that want to push on their green footprint, we would say work closely with your power provider and see how your setup can be made more efficient.” George Nearn, Flying Hire Ltd