PowerVIBES - Sustainable solution for the festival market: delivering reliable power by a decentralized hybrid solar & wind energy system

Project Summary

All over Europe, festivals take the lead in finding innovative ways to use resources intelligently, employ renewable systems and reduce emissions. Yet at these festivals, diesel generators are still the most employed source to provide electricity due to a large amount of power needed. Using diesel to generate electricity has big disadvantages: substantial CO2 emissions, noise annoyance of droning generators, and bad smell. With the latest developments in renewable energy, for instance vertical axis wind turbines, more efficient solar panels, improved batteries, now allow for an efficient and economically attractive approach to produce large amounts of power from sustainable resources only.

PowerVIBES aims to reduce festivals’ carbon footprint by 20% by making diesel generators superfluous. Instead, affordable and reliable energy is produced from renewable resources wind, biomass, and solar power. To illustrate, if the Netherlands’ summer festivals cut their diesel consumption by 10%, over 1.000.000 litres of diesel and over 3,000 tonnes of CO2 is saved annually.

This project combines a vertical axis wind turbine, PV panels, and a battery, all customized in a containerized unit and with a bio-fuel generator as backup. All are connected in a smart grid. Two of such transportable units (with smart grid) will be built and tested on in total 16 festival sites. This extensive testing regime is essential as of large differences among festivals, as they operate under significantly different legal, technical, seasonal, locational, and environmental conditions. This process of reflection and feedback (with a loop of testing-analysing-adjusting-implementing after each test) leads to a (practically) universally applicable system, to be used in all countries of the NWE region.

This energy production is completely clean. Therefore, the unit can be clearly visible on a festival site to reach an audience of millions that experiences this sustainable energy concept.

Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven 5 Groene Loper
s.p.g.moonen@tue.nl www.tue.nl
Name Contact Name Email Country
Double 2 BV Mediaproducties Jan Douwe Kroeske info@d2bv.nl Netherlands
The Factory CVBA - VSO Robbie Scaut robbie@pukkelpop.be Belgium
Off Grid Energy Limited Danny Jones danny.jones@offgrid-energy.co.uk United Kingdom
RPS Conservation Services Rob Scully rob@RPSconservation.co.uk United Kingdom
Eurosonic Noorderslag Dago Houben dago.houben@esns.nl Netherlands
Flexotels BV Hubert Von Heijden hubert@flexotels.com Netherlands
ZAP Concepts Paul Schurink paul@zapconcepts.com Netherlands
Democrazy Eric Smout eric@democrazy.be Belgium


Newsletter #3 GEM tower built in 2019

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We look back on a great year 2019, where the design of GEM was presented in January. The tower was built for the first time in the summer. And of course its presence on Pukkelpop in Belgium and the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven for the first test measurements on wind, solar and battery storage. Come visit GEM at ESNS in January 2020 and read more about the battery storage. Read More

Newsletter #2 Lifting of GEM tower

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In this newsletter we want to inform you about Monday August 5, 2019 when we had the first lifting of the GEM-Tower at Eindhoven, University of Technology. And we would like to give an insight in the LSC panels, used for the tower. For those who joined later please also find a short summary about the GEM-Tower at www.gem-tower.com/newsletter Read More


Newsflashes November 2021

GEM on digital tour in times of corona 2020 (#6 episodes)

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