Taking a quick look through our Portfolio page will show you the variety of events our generators power each year. Varying from weddings to music festivals and everything in between, our power systems provide energy to a whole host of wants and needs.
It isn’t just events such as those in our portfolio which need energy solutions however, with a number of great examples appearing in the news recently really showing how temporary power can really make a difference to people in need.
Over the weekend of 5th and 6th of December Cumbria, Lancashire and parts of Scotland were hit with a shocking amount of rainfall courtesy of Storm Desmond. The damage it caused was staggering, with more than 6,000 homes flooded across Cumbria alone. Insurance bills alone have been added up to roughly £520m by the Association of British Insurers.
Though the flooding wasn’t bad enough to find its way into homes in places like Lancaster, just south of Cumbria, a number of major power outlets were damaged leaving as many as 42,000 people without power for a number of days. To help shorten the length of time the people of Lancaster and the surrounding areas had to live without power, around 70 large generators were brought in to relieve pressure on a mains sub station.
While the majority of us take electricity for granted in this country, it is a lot harder to come by in other parts of the world. Charities like Oxfam have been developing fantastic schemes such as this one discussed in the Guardian where they have shown a Vietnamese farmer how to harness the excrement of both his family and his livestock to produce energy methane which can be fed into a small generator to power his house.
Similarly in Nakuru, the fourth largest town in Kenya, British charity Practical Action have linked up with the Umande Trust to help improve life in the Rhonda and Kaptembo slums by harnessing their poor sanitation situation. On a much larger scale than that of the Vietnamese farmer the two charities, funded by Comic Relief, are improving the areas sanitation troubles by collecting and disposing of much more waste, then sing it to generate energy.
The energy produced by a generator is then allowing them to power hot showers, ovens and stoves and much more. The excess residue is then used as fertiliser for nearby farming land.
These are just two examples of how generators are used in a number of different ways as a power solution aside of powering events. It is a versatile and developing technology which from this evidence can both be efficient and powerful.