PROPOSAL, seeking advice - POWER - How can we do electricity better?
Traditionally Kiez Burn has provided power by renting large generators from a company and laying thick cables all over the gelände to provide power for the camps.
Now the amount of power those gennys provide greatly exceeds that which we use. It is also a large chunk of the costs of running the event (about 10% of all ticket sales = 8000€).
I am eager to explore alternative opportunities which would include some things like:
Investing in self-contained off-grid systems (here's 500W wind/solar combi for ~400€). One would also need a battery and inverter (+200€ minimum).
Advantages = Green energy, long-term investment/saving, usable in other contexts, less cables over all.
Disadvantages = requires knowledge to install and operate, 'large' upfront cost, only works for non-sound-camps, might be tricky with fridges and some appliances, bulky storage, the windmill is awkward.
Having a hybrid system of solar, batteries and smaller generators.
Solar and batteries provide the consistent basic power
Gennies provide backup and boosts when needed
Gennies can power the sound-camps
I have limited knowledge on this, but I did run an immersive art installation outdoors last summer for only 500W, which we did on a larger solar/battery set-up. So I know magic can be done with little power.
I am curious:
Do any of the camps feel they have enough resources in people and materials to take themselves off-grid? Especially if KB redirected some of the power costs to support/subsidize a part of the investment? @Annette @Andreas Noack @Eyal @Quentin @Holger Wessels @Sven Dudink @Jan-Christian Kaspareit @CJ Yetman @Mareike (please add any other camp leads/experts that may be interested in this topic)
Is this a topic you would like to see a move forward on?
Do you have any information or resources (or know anyone with such information or resources) that can move this discussion further towards an interesting resolution?
Thank you for your time.
Even if we don't come to a clean and clear solution by KB21, I hope to start the discussion and potentially plan for a greener KB in 2022!!!!