SailGP, the world’s most thrilling race on water, will feature the greatest use of solar power in its history when it arrives in the city of sand dunes and sparkling skyscrapers for the Sailing Grand Prix of Dubai presented by P&O Marinas on November 12 and 13. As part of the championship’s commitment to delivering sustainable event operations powered by nature, SailGP has partnered with Aggreko to supply solar, battery and biofuel as the primary power sources for the event, saving almost 4800L of fossil fuels.
Aggreko’s sustainable energy solution for the event includes two 75 kWp solar gems providing up to 10 MWh, powering the technical event site.
Martin Nichol, Aggreko Events Manager for the MENA region, said: “We will use an efficient hybrid energy solution combining solar power, battery storage and biofuel to make the Dubai Sail Grand Prix a premier sustainable event. plan. This aligns with Dubai’s own clean energy strategy to make it a city with the smallest carbon footprint in the world. At the center of the event’s clean and sustainable energy innovations is our solar gem which will deliver power directly to the load and our biofuel generators will synchronize to absorb the remaining load. By using sustainable options like solar power and biofuels, we help the event save significantly on CO2 emissions. We hope to influence sustainability-conscious choices throughout the sailing industry and sporting events around the world, through our partnership with SailGP.
In addition to the solar units, Aggreko will provide two 90 kVA batteries and five generators to power the technical site and the race village. The event kitchen will run on two generators using B100 fuel and the broadcast station will feature one generator running on B100 fuel.
Fiona Morgan, SailGP’s Global Director of Purpose and Impact, said: “We have a fantastic partnership with Aggreko to support our commitment to be fully powered by clean energy at events by 2025. The partnership has already supported many sustainability-conscious innovations throughout the season, and we are delighted to use the largest solar power grid we have ever operated as a key source of energy for our inaugural event in Dubai.
The Dubai Sail Grand Prix will be run in partnership with P&O Marinas, Dubai Sports Council and Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism.
Aggreko will continue to provide energy solutions to regional events including the upcoming Official FIFA Fan Fest at McGettigan’s Fan Zone (Dubai Media City), UAE National Day event, F1 Abu Dhabi, Qatar World Cup, Qatar National Day, Saudi Sound Storm and Sela Boulevard. .