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Formula E and Aggreko forge sustainability partnership

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Formula E, the premier electric car racing series, has announced a key partnership with Aggreko, a world-renowned provider of mobile modular power, temperature control, and energy services. This collaboration, set to last multiple years, signifies a major step forward in powering Formula E events with sustainable energy solutions across the globe. 

Under this new agreement, Aggreko is designated as the official provider for the electric racing series, committing to the use of renewable energy sources such as biofuel-powered generators, solar energy arrays, and advanced battery storage technologies to energize the races. This partnership is a cornerstone in Formula E’s strategic plan to slash its emissions by 45% across all scopes by the year 2030, a goal that has been rigorously validated by the Science Based Targets initiative and is set against a 2019 baseline. 

In a bid to electrify the racing experience, Aggreko plans to roll out six 300kVA batteries, each capable of charging the Formula E car fleet simultaneously. These batteries, along with various other capacities, will ensure the seamless operation of race circuits at every event location, boasting an impressive energy storage capacity equivalent to charging 84,000 mobile phones. 

Moreover, the initiative will see the integration of Stage V Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) powered generators, offering a remarkable 90% CO2 emissions reduction compared to traditional diesel generators. This significant cutback in emissions is complemented by lower levels of nitrogen, sulfate, and overall HVO fuel consumption. 

Selected tracks will also see the installation of solar arrays adjacent to the circuit, further amplifying the environmental benefits brought forth by this partnership. 

David de Behr, Head of Sales at Aggreko Event Services, emphasizes the company’s commitment to sustainability, noting that their clean energy solutions are a perfect match for Formula E, the world’s greenest motorsport series. This collaboration underscores Aggreko’s dedication to supporting Formula E in its mission to dramatically reduce emissions and uphold its status as a leader in sustainable sport. 

Tiziana di Gioia, Chief Revenue Officer at Formula E, expressed excitement over the partnership with Aggreko, recognizing the company’s expertise and pioneering approach to sustainable, temporary energy solutions as vital to powering Formula E’s unique events in an environmentally friendly manner. 

Established in 1962 and headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, Aggreko has grown to become a global leader in its field, boasting the largest fleet of temporary power solutions worldwide. With operations spanning 200 locations across 80 countries, Aggreko offers flexible, reliable energy solutions tailored to meet a variety of needs. 

This sustainability-focused partnership aligns with Formula E’s recent technological advancements, including a significant new partnership with Google Cloud. Marking the 10th anniversary of the championship, the 2024 Formula E season is set to be a landmark year, featuring the latest Gen3 cars competing across 16 global venues. The current standings see Pascal Wehrlein of the Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E team leading, closely followed by Nick Cassidy of Jaguar TCS Racing, with India’s Jehan Daruvala also making significant strides in the competition. 

  

Solomon Irungu
Solomon Irunguhttps://solomonirungu.com/
Solomon Irungu is a Communication Expert working with Impact Africa Consulting Ltd supporting organizations across Africa in sustainability advisory. He is also the managing editor of Africa Sustainability Matters and is deeply passionate about sustainability news. He can be contacted via mailto:solomonirungu@impactingafrica.com

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