GEM-Tower offers sustainable energy solution for festivals

Groningen January 17, 2019 - The GEM Tower (Green Energy Mill) was presented at Eurosonic Noorderslag. A hybrid, fold-out, eye-catching tower that makes festivals more sustainable on solar and wind energy with battery storage festivals.

Legislation (Paris Agreement 2020) and social responsibility requires urgency in the further reduction of CO2 emissions. Also within the festival world. Festivals are becoming more and more successful in reducing waste, but the biggest polluter, the diesel generators, are still used in many ways.

Development of the GEM tower
This year is all about building and testing the GEM tower. The tower will be up to 21 meters high and has a diameter of 8 meters as a base. The tower generates energy through solar panels and a wind turbine. Regardless of the weather conditions, the festival is always provided with sufficient sustainable energy. The energy is stored in a battery.

Eye catcher
In addition, the GEM tower is an eye-catcher. Festivals can use the colored LSC panels to give their own interpretation to the appearance of the tower. The goal is that the GEM tower can be deployed widely in 2020.

The GEM tower is an initiative of PowerVIBES, a European Interreg NWE project with various parties and festivals from the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK, led by Eindhoven University of Technology.