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May 16, 2016

Eurovision Song Contest powered by Aggreko’s renewable fuel

Temporary power generation equipment supplier Aggreko has provided renewable fuel for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, which was held at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm last week.

Temporary power generation equipment supplier Aggreko has provided renewable fuel for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, which was held at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm last week.

Aggreko’s ten mobile Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) generators powered the event by generating a total electricity capacity of 4.6MVA.

HVO contains oil extracts from vegetables oils and natural fats. The carbon-neutral fuel was produced in Norway before being transferred by train to Stockholm.

Aggreko’s area general manager of the Nordic Region John Wilson said: "Supporting environmental credentials of the Eurovision Song Contest is an important part of the event’s energy strategy.

"We have worked closely with the hosts to develop the best method to reduce emissions and prevent waste."

"We have worked closely with the hosts to develop the best method to reduce emissions and prevent waste.

"For example, we are using our unique remote-monitoring tools to monitor fuel-use in real-time so that we can manage energy generation and avoid wasting power.

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"The use of biofuel means the event will have a very low carbon footprint."

The electricity generators powered the broadcast, cameras, lights, sound, video, and production rigging.

Aggreko also laid an 18km cable for power distribution, as well as to provide air conditioning to the arena’s commentary booths and hair and make-up facilities.

Wilson added: "By evaluating equipment data in real-time, we can either immediately correct an issue or proactively assess developing circumstances before they become more serious. This also ensures our approach to fuel use minimises the environmental impact of the Eurovision Song Contest."

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