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revolutionary off-grid catering concession

Power Behind the Festivals: Off-Grid Catering Concession & Top Tips for using renewables

As part of the coming updated Power Behind the Festival Guide we are writing a series of case studies of best practice in sustainability at Festivals. The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company is an example of how a catering concession can meet the challenge of using renewables and save money in the process. Their Cafe Môr trailer offers a range of high quality food inspired by West Wales produce. In March 2015, they won a Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) support from Pembrokeshire National Park Authority to test out an approach that could revolutionise the catering concessions industry and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).  The SDF support was used to part fund the installation of solar PV panels and a small wind turbine, along with a solar inverter and a battery bank.

Instant benefits to the business included a reduction in generator noise, less staff time required for generator operation and maintenance, fewer trading days lost due to generator issues and increased power security as a result of having a battery back up. In the longer term the new system will also considerably reduce operation costs.

Read the full case study here.

Cafe Mor have also put together some Top Tips for any caterer thinking about making the change to renewables:

Tips for catering concessions on using renewable energy.

Portable Solar Energy by Gaia Group UK

Portable Solar Energy by Gaia Group UK

We love these new portable solar energy products developed for events by Gaia Group UK renewable energy.

The Solatainer® and Solawedge® have been developed to provide an autonomous off-grid power supply, integrating renewable-power and storage with diesel-power back-up to reduce fuel consumption, carbon emissions and carbon footprint

Created sustainably from a single-use 20ft ISO shipping container, Solatainer® supports a PV array specified for maximum solar gain and efficiency. When equipped with the Solawedge® the unit is scale-able up to 50kw and in its standard setup comprises of a 4Kw PV array, 6Kw/h battery pack and 6Kw stand-by generator.

During daytime operation the energy created by Solatainer®’s PV solar panels is harvested and stored in an on-board lithium ion battery pack. The standby generator is configured to run only when batteries are depleted below a software-set limit or when a demand spike occurs.

The results are spectacular, reducing fuel costs by 80% when compared to a conventional diesel generator.

Solawedge® is a unique, inflatable mounting system that allows rapid deployment across unprepared land or water. Find out more here and watch the video: