Festivalgoers benefit from battery tech advances


With renewable industry analysts predicting the rise of battery storage as a game-changing global market – being exploited across the globe from Elon Musk's Tesla gigafactory in the U.S. to the Indian government's move to slash tax on lith-ion products – even festivalgoers are feeling the benefit this summer.

Two Netherlands companies have joined forces to reduce diesel generator use in favor of mobile battery solutions at gigs across the European nation this festival season, in some cases removing the need for noisy generators entirely.

Next weekend visitors to LGBT calendar highlight the Milkshake festival, in Amsterdam, will be able to enjoy the music pounding across several stages over two days at the city's Westergasfabreik venue thanks to a portable, off-grid battery solution ordered by sustainable energy event company Greener from battery maker Alfen.

The two companies have already linked up to provide “power for peak demand” for sound, lighting and other power consumption at the Welcome to The Village Festival in Leeuwarden last weekend, according to a press release published by Alfen.

And the Dutch partners removed the tell-tale roar of portable diesel generators from the Awakenings Easter Special in Amsterdam, Awakenings Festival in Spaarnwoude and MadNes, in Ameland.

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With eight of the portable storage systems ordered, Greener says several more events will benefit from their use this summer, including Drumcode, in Amsterdam; Into the Great Wide Open, in Vlieland; Encore; and Elrow,both in Amsterdam; and Springtij, in Terschelling.

Greener and Alfen joined forces earlier in the year to take part in what they describe as the “world's first fully mobile and off-grid EV charging hub” at “the world's largest electric vehicle parade,” in Leeuwarden. Alfen claims the joint effort helped set a new world record for charging electric vehicles as 20 EVs charged from the Alfen batteries were among the 84 charged simultaneously at the same location that set a new benchmark.


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