Success of a Battery Powered Booth
At ExhibitorLive 2019, DS&L powered its entire 10 x 20 booth off of battery power – without recharging the batteries during the entire show. While batteries may not be the right solution for every booth or event here is some important information to know when considering the use of the battery and just how far this technology has advanced.
Great advancements have recently been made in rechargeable battery technology, as evidenced in the increasing popularity of battery powered vehicles in recent years. Some of this same technology is now being applied to battery packs for the exhibits, special events and other markets. DS&L has teamed up with the most talented group of portable battery developers, Joule Case, to help bring this technology to our industry.
Should Exhibit Houses own batteries and create a rental income stream?
Powering an entire booth off of battery may or may not be the answer. The availability to provide battery in places where it may be difficult or costly to bring electricity is definitely a big plus now. Exhibit houses can certainly add a rental income stream by owning and renting battery systems. Owners of exhibit houses may also be interested in available federal tax credits for units purchased with solar recharging panels – but they will need to consult with their tax advisors to receive professional advice on this.
Pop up, small corporate events or retail kiosks can also benefit from the use of this battery technology. Batteries provide a means to deliver power in places where it used to be complicated, if not impossible. Own it and you too can drive revenue from it.
Battery power vs cost to order electric at site.
From our view of the cost of electricity and electricians on show site, investing in battery power tends to have its payback around the 4th show, depending on the amount of power and electrical services one typically purchases for a show. This needs to be analyzed on a case by case basis.
Is there a Green story to be told here?
Using battery power certainly has a positive impact on one’s carbon footprint. For indoor shows, certainly using less electricity reduces one’s carbon footprint.
For outdoor shows, replacing generators with batteries that are rechargeable by solar panels cuts down on the use of fossil fuels used by generators and eliminates the noise and smell associated with generators as well. This is definitely a positive impact on the carbon footprint used at such events.
Of course, safety of such products is critical. All components used in our battery systems meet applicable UL standards. Testing to achieve an appropriate safety listing of these products is currently underway.
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