Aggreko will design, manage, build and operate the company’s first renewable power installation for the Van Gogh Alive 2021 exhibition in Brisbane.

Following the successful Adelaide exhibition, the event organisers welcomed Aggreko’s Queensland team to Brisbane, along with 36kwh of solar and 128kwh of battery storage, which took approximately 300 hours to complete. 

The comprehensive full power overlay will provide comfort control throughout the entire venue, thanks to 520kw of reverse cycle air conditioning. 

The renewable installation will save roughly 43 tonnes of CO2 over the duration of the Brisbane event, aiming to have at least 30 per cent of the site running on clean energy.

The recent US Masters Golf tournament was powered by Aggreko’s new solar hybrid units and the company has just started a contract with Sail GP worldwide.  Van Gogh Alive will be the first Australian event to run a solar hybrid system of this scale, utilising a combination of solar panels and battery storage to power the event.

Aggreko has committed to net zero emissions by 2050 and is bringing renewables to the events sector globally.  The company has vowed to invest $450 - $600 million each year to support its energy transition.

Aggreko Australia Pacific managing director George Whyte said environmental responsibility and new technology is changing the way electricity is generated, distributed, consumed, stored, and monitored.

“Power generation for our customers has become more complex, and we have a responsibility to them to create power that is healthier for the world’s wellbeingIt’s great to see the return of major events after 20 months of COVID disruption,” he said.

Events can be big energy users due to lighting, computers, catering, audio visual equipment, and heating and cooling.  Increasingly, event organisers are working to reduce their events' carbon impact. 

Event executive producer, Andrew Kay AM, said the event will be held in the Grand Pavilion.

He said Van Gogh Alive is the world’s largest relocatable exhibition building, designed in Adelaide and constructed in Germany by Hocker. 

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