Last edition of ADE Green, the Green Film Making team kept their eyes and ears open for new applications from the event world that can also be used on our sets. ADE Green is an annual conference on sustainability during the Amsterdam Dance Event. There were quite some familiar faces such as Tijl Couzij of Lab Vlieland and Paul Schurink of Green Events, who organised the panel on energy for the Municipality of Amsterdam. But especially at the ‘Six Innovation that will change the event industry‘ panel presented by Wilbert van der Kamp of Innofest, several interesting things caught our attention.

Generating power with glass. ‘Current Window’ by Marjan van Aubel.

Innofest tests the prototypes of various innovations at different Dutch festivals. For example, The Helia developed the ‘Sunflower‘, a parasol with solar panels with which you can charge your phone outdoors. It’s a nice reminder to think beyond the current limitations of what a certain type of material can do. Recently we also encountered this in the work of solar designer Marjan van Aubel. Imagine that solar energy can be generated in any kind of material, like in her project Current Window where glass is used to generate power. This way you are not dependent on a panel, but can for example use the housing of cameras and lighting gear or car exteriors to generate energy. If each device provides its own power, you do not need any outlet or generator anymore.

But we digress. One of the presentators at the ADE Green panel was Peter Scheer from Semilla Sanitation Hubs, who with the beautiful slogan ‘Grow a seed with what you peed‘ goes a step further in the processing of waste water and specifically urine. He found a way to convert urine into drinking water and compost. Have a wee and then drink tea? It’s possible to try it at one of his demos that are regularly announced on his website. Tijl of Lab Vlieland presented their Ecocreation composting machine, in which waste can be converted into compost within 24 hours on location. Unfortunately, we do not make enough volume on set to be able to use this technology successfully, but a central collection location like at a production service company could be a solution.

DENS X2 formic acid generator

What would be applicable for us and can be tested, is the new formic acid generator developed by DENS. This 20kVa generator uses the sustainable liquid fuel ‘formic acid’, which is converted into hydrogen in the system and then into electricity. Due to the clean, efficient and quiet process, harmful emissions and noise pollution are a thing of the past. Ideal for the set and we’re actively looking for a test case. Tech specs can be found here.

And finally we came across AirQon. AirQon originated from an initiative of the Municipality of Breda to combine (small) power demand in the public space with owners of electric cars. This could be very suitable for smaller productions on location to get electricity from private individuals. Read more on the website.

Question for producers, who wants to do a test with the DENS generator or the AirQon concept? Contact us! All in all another successful year for GFM at ADE Green. We look forward to the next edition!


photo: Social Enterprise