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Foldable solar panels: special demonstration in Utrecht

A cloudy day, last March 12th. Exactly the day of a demonstration of solar panels for on set. Just before the pandemic broke out, we met the British team of Renovagen with their Fast Fold; a battery system with foldable solar panels. Last month we contacted them for our update on applications in development and found out we could arrange a special demonstration in the Netherlands. In collaboration with the always helpful Wim Horst of the Municipality of Utrecht, Head of Business Development Colin and R&D manager Dan unfolded the Fast Fold system in the Griftpark. A location especially selected by Wim, since they are already experimenting with solar panels there, for example embedded in the pavement. Earlier that day, Colin and Dan had demonstrated the Fast Fold to the Dutch Marine Corps who will test it during their exercises. Two demonstrations in one day are easy to do, according to the team, the system is set up within two minutes. First see then believe, we thought, but within 2 minutes that was indeed quickly proven. It is immediately clear how easy the system is to use; it’s basically a battery (Energyhub) with a button that you connect directly to the solar mat. Dan explains: When you press start, the first power out is after 30/40 seconds. You already have power even before you roll out the solar mat. You could even leave the Energyhub inside a vehicle, so you are quicker to move around if you need. The distance between the mat and the battery is a maximum of 10 meters, without loss. But for the AC power,...

Update on drinking tap water: mapping public taps

We are doing well with refilling water bottles on the set! Since the tap water pilot in 2017 in collaboration with Join The Pipe, we are increasingly seeing productions opt for refillable water bottles instead of disposable plastic. This is in line with the general trend in the Netherlands; a recent study by SodaStream found that 72% of Dutch people plan to use less disposable plastic by 2020. That’s more than trying to quit smoking! What definitely helps is that there are now more than 1500 free public water taps in the Netherlands! And they have all been voluntarily mapped by racing cyclist Leon van Diepen who also likes to refill on the road: Drinkwaterkaart. An additional 381 tap water locations are being offered by entrepreneurs participating in the Publiek Water project. You can also join as a company! Running on empty in Tokyo? Many public taps are also available abroad, check out the Refill and Closca apps. The Refill Ambassadors have made a great overview of all worldwide possibilities. Need the loo after drinking all that water? Then install the Hoge Nood app and find the nearest toilet in The Netherlands. Then you can refill your bottle again at the washbasin. Nicely...

What’s up with…? Sustainable applications in development revisited

In the last years we often reported on new sustainable applications being developed, as inspiration or perhaps to use on set in the future. As a filmmaker you are naturally mostly concerned with when these will be available for use, but in practice development often takes years. That’s why we decided to follow up on various ‘Greenspirations’ from the 2015/2016 period and see wether they are already for sale or rent. Or if the dream is over… Rollable solar panels: Fast Fold British company Renovagen had a prototype of the Roll Array in 2016; a battery system with rollable solar panels to work anywhere off-grid with power up to 100kW. The 50-meter long Roll Array can be deployed in minutes and transported to its destination on a trailer. Now 4 years later, the company has 2 versions operational and a 3rd in development. The small Fast Fold, with its 5 meters, seems best for on set. You can simply transport the system in a van or car. The developers are coming to the Netherlands this month and a demonstration for Green Film Making is planned, which we will report in detail in the next newsletter! Plasticroad In 2015, construction company VolkerWessels wanted to build sustainable roads from recycled plastic and developed the concept for the Plasticroad with KWS Infra. The first prototype of a plastic bicycle path in The Netherlands opened in September 2018 in Zwolle, followed quickly by a second in Giethoorn in November 2018. These two paths will be monitored until 2023, while at the same time opportunities are being explored to market the concept. Both bicycle...

On the set of a new Blazhoffski drama series

by Els Rientjes It is mid-May 2019 and I’m in a meeting with executive producer Marjon van Welzen and production manager Diana van Wegen at production company Blazhoffski. It’s two weeks until their first shooting day of a major new drama series. More than 80 shooting days are planned between June 1st and the end of November for a series that is ambitious in appearance, but low in budget. On the wall of their office is a series of portraits of the cast. Largely young faces, with a few open spots where negotiations are still under way. Blazhoffski has stated they want to make sustainable production a habit, which is why Green Film Making has this discussion with the heart of this production. I am greeted enthusiastically and we go through the whole design of the series, on which I can give direct feedback and tips and write a report they can use right away. I offer to negotiate with the caterer in particular, since their setup really requires a creative caterer for whom nothing is too much and who has sustainable cooking already in the genes. During several phone calls afterwards I learn that the right caterer has been found. And by some stroke of luck, she also has the perfect spot for the main location of the series. A house in a beautiful rural area, on the outskirts of Amsterdam, where the central couple of the series can have their house. In the first few weeks, they test how much waste the crew produces on an average shooting day. Is it worth it to separate waste? Marjon...

Report Workshop Sustainable Energy & Launch Film Harvest Map

Green Film Making ended a busy 2019 with the launch of our Film Harvest Map in Mediamatic in Amsterdam! On Tuesday November 5, participants braved the dreary weather and were treated to an interactive workshop on sustainable energy on set. It was a varied evening with, among other things, a case study of the live broadcast of the Prinsengracht concert, Wim Horst from the Municipality of Utrecht showed the public electricity points for sustainable power in town and various suppliers showcased their sustainable generators and battery packs. All the entries for these good examples were of course shown live on the Film Harvest Map, developed together with Superuse Studios. You can now find sustainable power solutions at a glance across the country! Mediamatic is located next to Amsterdam Central Station and is known worldwide as a center for experimentation at the intersection of art and science, with a focus on nature and biotechnology. In their unheated warehouse we installed our presentation so it could run on green power from the Wattsun battery pack. Outside the warehouse the generator van True Hybrid of Het Licht and electric van KAREL were placed as good examples of power on location. We chose not to heat the warehouse, as this could only be done (within budget) with patio heaters on gas; not sustainable! Luckily everyone was game to just sit a bit closer together and keep their jackets on. Many departments were present; gaffers, filmmakers, location managers and various film commissioners from all over the country. Launch Film Harvest Map Els opened the event by introducing Jan Jongert from Superuse Studios, the architectural...