Firefly powers one of Europe’s most sustainable festivals

The entire site power infrastructure was delivered using no fossil fuels and the use of hybrid technology reduced the biodiesel usage by 35% and saved over 3.5 tonnes of CO2.
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About the festival

We Love Green festival is one of Europe’s most sustainable festivals set in the majestic scenery of Parc de Bagatelle in Paris. The festival aims to be the first truly green event in Paris. Catering for an audience of 23,000 over 2 days, We Love Green has a wide range of environmental initiatives covering many aspects of the production including local service providers, saving water and energy, recycling, managing waste, car sharing, deposit system for glasses, providing free drinkable water fountains, safe storage for bikes and adopting renewable energy across the site.

The festival won the coveted Greener Festival Award both in 2011 and 2012. It was nominated for Best Small Festival and was 1st place winner of Green Operations at the 2013 European Festival Awards.

The challenge

UK green power specialists Firefly, were challenged with designing, installing and running the power infrastructure for the site. Working with the production team, Firefly collated detailed information on the anticipated power requirement and designed a solution using a combination of Biodiesel generators, biodiesel-hybrid systems and solar-hybrid systems.

The solution

The main stage which featured artists such as London Grammar, Lorde and Foals, was powered by a solar-biodiesel hybrid system consisting of a synchronised pair of 180kVA biodiesel generators linked to a 120kVA Cygnus HPG system and a 30 folding solar PV arrays.

Additionally, a further 20 biodiesel and solar hybrid systems were deployed across the site to deliver power for the second stage, sponsor zone, LED festoon and flood site lighting and production facilities. Firefly’s range of YouPower energy generating equipment was used, including PedGens which were supplied for mobile phone battery charging and powering smaller entertainment areas.

The results

The entire site power infrastructure was delivered using no fossil fuels and the use of hybrid technology reduced the biodiesel usage by 35% and saved over 3.5 tonnes of CO2. In total, Firefly products helped festival organisers save:

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