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Agrekko and Formula E sign deal for sporting events with solar arrays. Image: NextEnergy

Energy solutions provider Aggreko has signed a multi-year deal with Formula E to deliver solar arrays for its global net zero sport events.

Aggreko aims to ensure that events are powered by renewable energy, such as biofuel generators, solar arrays, and the latest battery technology.

To power select races, Aggreko will supply six 300kVA batteries—each of which can charge four electric vehicles (EV) simultaneously—to charge all Formula E cars and will also supply varying battery sizes to power the overall circuit at race locations.

These will be backed up via Stage V Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) powered generators, which emit 90% fewer carbon emissions, reducing emissions, nitrogen, sulphates and overall HVO consumption when compared with diesel.

In addition to this commitment, selected tracks will use solar array trackside to assist in powering the batteries, helping to maximise their environmental benefits.

Tiziana di Gioia, chief revenue officer at Formula E said: “Aggreko is a trusted supplier and expert in forward-thinking and sustainable temporary energy solutions, so we’re thrilled to have it on board as an Official Provider of the championship. It is vital to us in not just having the correct power to deliver our unique events, but done so in the most sustainable methods possible.”

This article first appeared on Solar Power Portal’s sister publication Current±.