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Sustainable Music Festivals with Alternative Energy
Location allows sustainable music festivals to be nearby the crowds who will attend the festival. This then Cuts down on the Transportation fuel to get to the location. Also having a location that allows for solar energy to be used is an important aspect to planning a music festival.
One idea that would be a very sustainable way to get to one of these festivals would be to have a bio-diesel bus that would shuttle attendees to the festival. These buses would then not have any need for fossil fuels to be involved while using wasteful by-products like frying oil that would otherwise be put into the waste stream. Newer technology is leading towards electric buses. Proterra is a company based in Pennsylvania with one of the third party accreditors being Penn State University. Their bus is nearly six times more efficient than diesel with the option to have solar panels on top of the bus to tap into nature’s endless amount of solar energy (cleantechnia).
One way to power a music festival is through human power. Regular pedal bikes or exercise bikes can be converted to use human power by connecting a direct current generator to the fan belt of one of these bikes. This electricity can be put into a lead acid battery which could be combined with other forms of alternative energy, like solar or wind that maximizes the efficiency of battery. If there is a need for alternating current then a converter can be applied to the system to be able to power the PA system used to amplify the sound. . When there are music festivals there are vendors. These vendors use the same power that the rest of the festival uses. One way they do this is by using fridges, stoves and grills to feed the attendees. One way in which they could cut down on their energy consumption is by using solar panels during the day to power their stoves for warm food. Many festivals use lights to illuminate walkways for their guests. Even using energy efficient LED lights there is still energy consumption. One alternative to this could be by using Pro-Tec’s sun powered star path. This path could be laid down on walk ways and absorb UV rays during the day to illuminate the path at night. This walkway is especially aesthetic for events because the path looks like stars from the sky. The usual city sewage plant is not ideal when it comes to power from feces. In a regular city sewage facility, they are not only obtaining feces but also everything else that goes down the drain from prescription pills to motor oil from factories. That is why music festivals are ideal in that they bring a lot of separate poop to the plate in terms of their port-o-potties. One estimate is said that a single American can power a sixty watt light bulb for nine hours from one day of excretion (motherjones). From personal experience I have seen as many as 20 to 30 port o potties at an event and let me tell you they were used. One idea for a business that might want to be more than just a poop collector, could be to take all of this waste and have a truck that is used as a digester to turn this waste into clean energy for people. A digester uses anaerobic bacteria to digest the poop and then excrete methane which then can be used as power. Anaerobic digestion is by far the most studied and cheapest way to create methane from feces (motherjones). When at music festivals, especially EDM festivals, the audience always is hungering for an experience. Some ways that this can be done is through vast arrays of lights that give the audience mental stimulation. Sustainable dance floors seems to have that solution. The concept? To be able to dance to create energy that can be used for the audience’s enjoyment. They have created a floor that uses Piezoelectric energy to power the lights on the dance floor. This is done with a floor that is able to flex slightly when stepped on. This then powers a generator that converts that dancing to energy which powers the LED lights within the system. The average person can produce anywhere from five to twenty watts by dancing which powers the ten watt bulbs. Each tile can produce thirty watts and have two people dancing on it at once. This technology would be best used for electric dance music since the style of dancing is more intense than that of someone doing the waltz (sustainabledanceclub).
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