MONDAY 01 APRIL, 2013 |
Solar Power At Byron Bay's Bluesfest
Byron Bay Bluesfest's Lotus Palace sound system is powered by solar panels this
Called the Sunflower, the 1.2 kilowatt solar power system's panels are arranged
in the shape of flower petal that can be tilted and positioned for optimum
orientation to the sun.
The off grid system was created by Southern Cross University’s Doctor Barry
Hill and SCU's Visual Arts technicians and students, who incorporated
cutting-edge latest digital audio amplification technology and a lithium battery
"The aim of the project is to show the way sustainable design principles
can be promoted within the Australian music industry, as well as promoting best
practice in alternative power generation and energy efficient audio-visual
technology," said Dr. Hill.
The Sunflower project
and will further develop and refine a high efficiency audio visual production system.
special focus on sustainability and operates under the slogan "Waste Wise - Refuse, Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle".
Only recyclable packaging and plastic is allowed on site and accompanying the regular recycling stations are smaller bins for all food scraps, plates and cutlery. No glass is allowed on
site and volunteers also move through crowds to collect rubbish.
The festival is held at Tyagarah Tee Tree Farm, 11 kilometres north of Byron Bay and 8 kilometres south of Brunswick
Heads. Frequented by koalas moving between treed areas, during the festival an
ecologist and staff from the University of Queensland provide assistance in the
event of a "koala encounter".
The site; which features 5 performance stages, 4 licensed bars and an undercover food hall,
can cater to 17,500 festival visitors per day and 6,500 campers over the entire
weekend. After each Bluesfest event, the land is returned to its original
In 2010, Bluefest won the Australian Event Of The Year; in addition to being named Australia's Best Cultural or Arts Event.
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