ZAP Concepts has launched a Smart Power Plan Tool. Part funded through an Innovate UK grant, the tool is designed to help event organisers to take control of their power advancing and ensure on-site generation is matched to actual demand.

Designed to calculate in advance how much power your production requires, the tool will enable event organisers to employ alternatives to conventional diesel generators, therefore, improving efficiency, minimising diesel consumption and reducing CO2e and tailpipe emissions by up to 80 per cent.

This fully automated system can generate a power plan within as little as 72 hours and follows a four-stage process:

  • Power inventory: A link to Zap Concepts’ fixture database is sent to all suppliers who then enter their full equipment inventories
  • Review of site plan: The feasibility of using any existing mains power infrastructure, together with exploring opportunities for creating temporary power nodes to service multiple areas of the site
  • Analysis of power requirements: Instead of focusing on just peak power consumption (kW), which is so often the root cause of inefficiencies, the tool also calculates energy used over time (kWh). This ensures that energy storage systems (green batteries) fed from mains or renewables can accurately be specified in place of diesel generators
  • Creation of your bespoke Smart Power Plan with recommendations on how to employ the most sustainable energy mix, which you then pass onto your chosen power contractor

The tool can easily be adapted to large-scale productions and is available under license to both event organisers and power contractors. The pricing plan is simple and is based on audience capacities (up to 10,000/10,000 to 25,000/25,000 to 40,000/+ 40,000) per event project.

Where productions employ new or bespoke fixtures that do not appear in the equipment database, these can be manually entered into the system. Going forward, users can easily refer to previous iterations of their power plans and adapt these to reflect changes in audience capacities, production specs and site layouts.