This year Glastonbury Festival used ‘Pee Power’ urinals developed by The University of the West of England (UWE) to create electricity that powered a mobile phone charging station, internal lighting and information panels onsite. The project is part of 5-year partnership between Glastonbury Festival and UWE in which they will work together on waste reduction and energy efficiency as well as showcasing the Pee Power technology in advance of trials in refugee camps and schools in developing countries.
Pee Power works via stacks of microbial fuel cells that use urine as a fuel for direct electricity generation. Teams of scientists were onsite at Glastonbury Festival to explain the technology and engage visitiors with the project. UWE students were also onsite to research energy efficiency measures in collaboration with festival power providers, stage production teams and mobile traders.
Learn more about the Pee Power project HERE.
Powerful Thinking is delighted to be hosting the panel for an innovations session on ‘Smart Power for Outdoor Events’ at this year’s Showman’s Show. The Show returns to Newbury Showground, Berkshire this October 19 – 20, with its comprehensive exhibition of products, services and entertainment for the outdoor and special event world.
The panel for the Smart Power session will include Rob Scully, site and production manager and energy consultant, speaking about his great work on sustainability with Glastonbury and other UK festivals; Shaun Pearce, Managing director of Pearce Hire and representative for the Production Services Association, Andy Mead, CEO of Firefly Clean Energy, Laura Pando, previously sustainability coordinator for Festival Republic and now programme manager at Julie’s Bicycle, and Sid Rogerson, who brings his many years of experience as system and power technician to the table. The panel will be hosted by Event PR veteran Graham Brown, MD of PR Plaster.
“As smarter and more efficient approaches to energy at outdoor events becomes normal, Powerful Thinking presents a panel of leading experts to discuss what practices are working across the sector, trends, and ultimately how to reduce your fuel bill and emissions.”
The ‘smart power for outdoor events’ innovation session will take place on 10 – 10.45am Thursday 20th October.
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