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Powering the fan zone of a major public event

Powering the fan zone of a major public event content

To understand one of the many applications of the GEH2, there is nothing better than a concrete example, such as the 89th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, France, which took place in August 2021.

The Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) is a true supporter and pioneer in the use of hydrogen. The organizer of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the ACO requested the use of the electro-hydrogen fuel cell power generator GEH2® to electrify the off-grid area of the Fan Zone during the entire endurance race, so as to showcase its commitment to the energy transition and highlight its CSR strategy. In the planning phase, a simple study was made to calculate the power needs, and anticipate the volume of hydrogen required to power this event. The ACO then entrusted EODev to replace a 50 kVA diesel genset with a GEH2 power generator to provide electricity to the main Fan Zone of the event. Over three days, 161 kg of CO2 were saved and the visitors benefited from better air quality and quiet power generation. Stéphane Darracq, ACO's Managing Director, commented upon the experience: «We are looking for innovation partners: it is therefore natural that we turned to EODev to invest in hydrogen technology for off grid power.»

The initiative also resulted in strong impact amongst the media, with a wide range of articles featuring the presence of the GEH2 on site, and advocating for the use of such devices to improve the sustainability of large scale public events. From lighting to giant screens and food trucks, sports and cultural events are particularly energy-intensive with many temporary needs scattered over large areas where the grid is not sized accordingly.

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