solar recycling

Sun powers festival litter compactors

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is using solar-powered generators to provide the electricity for its Event Recycling programme at outdoor events in Great Britain and France this summer.

CCE piloted the programme at eight festivals in 2010 with a combined attendance of over half a million people, with the objective of motivating them to make recycling a daily habit. The scheme recovered over 18 tonnes of recyclate (PET and cans).

Firefly Solar, which designs and makes off-grid, portable and permanent solar-powered generators, will supply two standalone solar power systems to the British and French teams to provide electrical power for waste compaction equipment and for portable office space at this year’s events.

Each system comprises three of Firefly’s 5kW Cygnus solar generators, configured to provide a three-phase 5kW electrical supply.

Cygnus is a compact forklift-able solar generator with a footprint of less than 1 square metre (excluding solar array), The built in battery bank can be charged using a range of renewable sources including solar, wind and pedal power, or by using the excess capacity of biodiesel or hydrogen generators or from a green mains supply.

Firefly Solar generators have been used previously at Glastonbury, Love Box and the Isle of Wight music festivals to provide solar-powered stages for audiences of up to 5000.

Patrick McGuirk, recycling director for Coca-Cola Enterprises said the generators were "an important capital investment to minimise the carbon footprint of our Event Recycling activities".

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