At the beginning of this competition, prior to the first stage of the race, a large event was organized in Utrecht where all the teams were presented to the public. From an energy point of view, around 70% of the required power was provided by the TivoliVredenburg, which is an auditorium and event building managed by the Utrecht Municipality. Here we go in building-to-event mode!
This energy source was complemented with various municipal fixed power supply points in the square where the presentation took place, Vredenburgplein. These power supply points are inventoried and managed through Stroomkaart.nl, which is a map-based tool designed to help power in a greener way the energy needs of event organizers, construction companies, etc. Normally that square hosts a municipal street market, hence the power supply points there located were used for powering La Vuelta presentation. And to complete the powering of the event, there was an Electure battery container as well, perfect for a redundant energy system and peak shaver.
Electure is a startup closely related to AirQon, born as an evolution of the CO2tainer. From that first Minimum Viable Product, 5 more containers have been built. Each of these fully modular systems include batteries, renewable generation such as solar photovoltaic panels, a module to connect to the electricity distribution network if available, plus a biofuel generator or even hydrogen-powered generation.
This is an example of scalability and flexibility. A battery container like this can provide high power in unfavorable conditions, such as off-grid and long-lasting events or construction works. Indeed, a collaboration with a highway construction site made it possible to borrow an Electure battery container for a week to power La Vuelta.