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 Contact name Address Email Website
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven Faas Moonen 5 Groene Loper
Name Contact Name Email Country
IBIS Power BV Alexander Suma Netherlands
Double 2 BV Mediaproducties Jan Douwe Kroeske Netherlands
The Factory CVBA - VSO Robbie Scaut Belgium
Off Grid Energy Limited Danny Jones United Kingdom
3D asbl Sylvie Denoncin Belgium
RPS Conservation Services Rob Scully United Kingdom
Eurosonic Noorderslag Dago Houben Netherlands
Flexotels BV Hubert Von Heijden Netherlands
ZAP Concepts Paul Schurink Netherlands


GEM-Tower offers sustainable energy solution for festivals

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The GEM Tower (Green Energy Mill) was presented at Eurosonic Noorderslag in Groningen January 17, 2019. 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. The year 2019 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. 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. To stay up-to-date on the building and testing of the GEM tower follow us on Read More


ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag) festival and music conference

, Groningen (the Netherlands)

ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag) is a non-profit, European artists only, 100% showcase festival and music conference. ESNS is the key exchange and networking platform for European music, with a proven track record for helping new acts break into the international music scene. Selling out each year ESNS attracts over 4.000 professional delegates, including 400 international festivals, and showcases around 350 European artists for over 40.000 visitors total. ESNS is the primary meeting place for European music industry professionals, bringing the entire European music sector together in January. The festival with conference is an international hub to discover new (musical) talent, expand knowledge, network and doing business. During the conference, more than 150 panels, keynotes, interview workshops, drinks, award ceremonies and dinners take place on the latest developments in the European and international music, media, production and interactive industry. With a wide range of topics discussed by key professionals, innovators and pioneers, diversity is key at the ESNS conference, offering interesting programme components for all departments of music industry. In the evening, more than 350 European artists present themselves in more than 40 venues throughout the city centre of Groningen during the showcase festival. At the ESNS conference during a seminar 'Time is running out!' on Thursday 17 January 2019 the GEM Tower was presented as a green energy solution for festivals. A scale model was shown in a stand during the 4 day conference.
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