Extreme E selects power solution for remote race events

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As part of preparations for the inaugural Extreme E season, specialist Power Logistics has been appointed to deliver a sustainable, temporary power solution to the five races planned in 2021.

The contract will see the company provide a comprehensive electrical support package that encompasses teams’ garages and the wider paddock area, along with support structures, broadcast compound and production areas. Among the services supplied will be electrical designs, HVO compatible generators and a team of electricians who will travel to each race.

The company will also design bespoke cabling and distribution equipment that incorporates a smart power monitoring system, built specifically to meet Extreme E’s requirements. Power Logistics’ electrical cabling and distribution system will work in tandem with the fuel cell power system which will be provided by AFC Energy.

Power Logistics notes it will also implement extensive power monitoring of the energy and fuel usage of all touring elements at each race circuit. Detailed analysis of car charging and utility circuits will provide information both in real time and post-race to allow the organizing team to make informed decisions related to their sustainable objectives.

Commenting on securing the contract with Extreme E, Power Logistics’ managing director Mike Whitehouse said, “Securing a contract with Extreme E, which is committed to delivering on its net-zero carbon goals, is testament to the reputation that Power Logistics has built as a market leader in sustainable temporary power solutions.

“The sustainable innovation driven in a racing series such as Extreme E is often transferred into the domestic market and road vehicles. We’re hoping to emulate that within the provision of temporary power for events. Working closely with Extreme E suppliers, like AFC Energy, presents an exciting opportunity for us to push the limits and expand our power monitoring system for a post-Covid world where environmental considerations will be paramount.”

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