19 August 2015

Enjoy summer events with more environmentally friendly electricity


The choice of fuel for generating power for events is crucial for the environmental friendliness, reliability and comfort of large outdoor events. Using NEXBTL renewable diesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 40%−90%.


If everything goes well, no one thinks about it. On the other hand, if problems emerge, they can ruin the entire festival. That is what event electricity is about.

Summer events are commonly held outdoors. They often require building a temporary power grid and bringing in heavy diesel generators. Concerts in particular need several of them.

Completely new kind of attention has been paid to the fuel used in generators in recent years. Neste already supplies several Finnish events with 100% renewable diesel, and the demand is on the rise. NEXBTL renewable diesel makes it possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40%–90% compared to fossil fuels, and thus provides cleaner air for the audience.


Electricity for Flow Festival was generated with NEXBTL

This year's Flow Festival in Helsinki in August was one of several events using NEXBTL renewable diesel. Neste was the environmental partner for the Flow festival.

Another user is Toikkatech, a company specializing in generating electricity for events, equipment maintenance and automation. The company began using NEXBTL at the Helsinki Tall Ships Race a few years ago. According to Managing Director Eero Toikka, the company has exclusively used NEXBTL for generating electricity for summer events ever since.

Toikka reveals three reasons why NEXBTL is an ideal fuel for generating event electricity.


Three reasons for using NEXBTL renewable diesel in the generation of event electricity

1) Eliminating exhaust gas emissions

Due to its production method, Neste's NEXBTL renewable diesel burns cleanly, yet it is chemically equal to fossil diesel.

Previously, it was a given that a diesel engine generates smelly exhaust fumes when running. The new fuel eliminates this problem.

"We generated electricity at the Tall Ships Race on the shore of Hietalahti, which is in a dell. We had two large generators at the edge of the area using Neste's NEXBTL renewable diesel. I thought that people would complain about the exhaust fume, but nobody did!" Eero Toikka reminisces.


2) Electricity generation is increasingly green

Summer events and festivals want to do their bit for the environment, which is why their use is increasing. Eero Toikka says that his order books are so full that he is thinking about purchasing more equipment.

"Artists in particular appreciate environmental values. No matter how heavy metal they are, they are interested in greenhouse gas emissions," Toikka says, laughing.

Neste's NEXBTL renewable diesel is made from renewable vegetable oil or waste-based raw materials. Waste and residues already account for approximately two-thirds of the raw materials.


3) Reliable fuel does not result in microbial growth in the equipment

Reliability is one of the most important aspects in generating electricity for events. If a generator shuts down in the middle of a star's performance, for example, it will result in a lot of grief as well as significant additional costs.

Eero Toikka says that there have been no problems with NEXBTL. This should not be taken for granted, as generators are stored unused for long periods.

"With ordinary diesels, it is possible for microbial growth to accumulate in the tank in the same way as in boats," Toikka explains. The suspected reason is conventional FAME biodiesel blended in some fuels. NEXBTL does not contain any conventional biodiesel.

"We do not use conventional FAME biodiesel at all. There is an amazing difference between oil change intervals when using FAME and NEXBTL, for example. With NEXBTL, the oil change interval is 500 hours. FAME, on the other hand, contains so many impurities that the oil change interval drops by half, to 250 hours," Toikka says.


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