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The festival season is coming! Big festivals create an atmosphere for people to relax, to enjoy the music, to liberate themselves from their daily routine and to experience the sense of belonging to the community of like-minded peers. But festivals also create a significant environmental impact and it comes not only in a form of assorted wastes left on the festival grounds but also in a form of carbon emission, a great part of which comes with the production of electricity for the event. This happens because festivals are set up off-grid and the energy for them, as a rule, is produced by diesel generators. 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 will be saved annually. With the latest advances in renewable energy technologies, this goal became attainable. Now an international project initiated by Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is finishing the development of the solution for powering the festivals with clean energy –  GEM Tower.

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Author profile picture Olga Koltsova is a writer. She is fascinated by the innovative power of Eindhoven, the revolutionary technologies and the unique multicultural society.