Introducing ZAP Concepts Smart Power Plan tools

In this month’s blog Chair of Powerful Thinking, Tim Benson, shares sustainable event energy consultant Zap Concepts’ new Smart Power Plan Tool. 

“Following 12 months of development, ZAP Concepts are pleased to announce the launch of their Smart Power Plan Tool. Part funded through an Innovate UK grant, the tool is designed to help event organisers to take control of their power advancing & ensure onsite generation is matched to actual demand.

Designed to calculate in advance how much power your production requires, the tool will enable event organisers to employ alternatives to conventional diesel generators, therefore, improving efficiency, minimising diesel consumption & reducing CO2e & tailpipe emissions by up to 80%.

This fully automated system can generate your robust power plan within as little as 72 hours & follows a four-stage process:

  1. Power inventory: a link to our comprehensive fixture database is sent to all suppliers who then enter their full equipment inventories
  2. Review of site plan: here we look into the feasibility of using any existing mains power infrastructure, together with exploring opportunities for creating temporary power nodes to service multiple areas of the site
  3. Analysis of power requirements: instead of focusing on just peak power consumption (kW), which is so often the root cause of inefficiencies, the tool also calculates energy used over time (kWh): this ensures that energy storage systems (green batteries) fed from mains or renewables can accurately be specified in place of diesel generators
  4. Creation of your bespoke Smart Power Plan with recommendations on how to employ the most sustainable energy mix, which you then pass onto your chosen power contractor

The tool can easily be adapted to largescale productions & is available under license to both event organisers & power contractors. The pricing plan is simple & is based on audience capacities (up to 10,000 / 10,000 to 25,000 / 25,000 to 40,000 / + 40,000) per event project.

Where productions employ new or bespoke fixtures that do not appear in the equipment database, these can be manually entered into the system. Going forward, users can easily refer to previous iterations of their power plans & simply adapt these to reflect changes in audience capacities, production specs & site layouts.

Additional consultancy services are further available, including energy monitoring services & onsite support in partnership with your power contractor & in-house production teams.

To find out more or to sign up to one of our online demonstrations, drop us a line at

Tim Benson’s blog was first published in the Vision: 2025 February 2021 newsletter. Sign up to receive monthly event sustainability news, case studies and guest blogs direct to your inbox HERE.