First test with energy tower for sustainable energy at festivals

21 August 2019

Researchers from the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have developed an energy tower to help festivals save energy. The fold-out energy tower had its first practical test during Pukkelpop, a festival in Belgium.

Almost all festivals in Europe run on diesel generators. The researchers started working on a sustainable alternative in 2017: a 21 meter high energy tower. Nine companies participated in the project, including the organising parties for Pukkelpop and Eurosonic Noorderslag. In addition to saving energy, the developers hope that the eye-catching tower will make festival goers more aware of sustainability.

Coloured solar collectors

Next to the height of the tower, the coloured solar collectors stand out. These are the so called LSC (Luminescent Solar Concentrator) panels, which are also developed at TU/e, in the research group of Prof. Michael Debije. What makes these panels special is that they don’t need direct sunlight and also generate power in the shade. Debije started working on the panels in a Vidi project which ran till 2013.

The tower is also equipped with a wind turbine at a height of 18 meters. This height was chosen because the wind blows the strongest above 18 meters. The tower itself is made of sustainable materials. The construction is designed to be foldable, making it easier to transport.

The installation will be tested extensively in the coming year. Meanwhile the research team will be working on a new version that can generate even more power. Ultimately, the goal is for a group of towers to travel to European festivals to provide them with 100 percent sustainable energy.

Photo: Bart van Overbeeke

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Source: NWO