Alternative Power and Lithium Batteries22 Jan 2020
This was a good prediction as the debate, safety versus improved access to power and reduced costs has rumbled on and was featured in EN last month. I think it is reasonable to assume that the alternative power issue will ramp up this year especially since the new government and all political parties have committed to significant investment in green energy initiatives. We had this as a fairly narrowly focused issue on the use of battery power in venues however it is now worth considering the much wider issues. Experts point out that if everyone connects to the grid to recharge their batteries overnight the National Grid will collapse. Over the next 12 months the debate should widen into how venues will need to adapt to embrace and service this new technology. Should venues use new technology to generate their own power? A good example is the new P&J Live centre in Aberdeen which uses local food and garden waste to power the centre. It is foreseeable that the pace of technical developments will fuel a wave of political and commercial pressure for the industry to adapt more quickly than is currently possible with existing infrastructure. The event safety community will need to have a voice in this debate.