26 Jul 2022

Aggreko to introduce Bio-Methanol as renewable fuel at the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix in Plymouth


This July will see Aggreko, world-leading provider of mobile modular power, introduce bio-methanol as low-carbon fuel at the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix.

Hosted in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City and home to the UK’s first National Marine Park, the third event on SailGP’s global Season 3 calendar, will display bio-methanol fuel as an energy source at a live event within the UK for the first time in history.

In March 2021, Aggreko and SailGP announced a three-year partnership to support the championship’s commitment to a better future and to deliver sustainable event operations powered by nature. The partnership has already supported many sustainability-conscious innovations throughout the previous SailGP season, including the use of Aggreko’s efficient hybrid energy solution combining solar power, battery storage and thermal generation.

The world’s most exciting race on water will continue at the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix over the 30th and 31st of July. Aggreko will premier low-carbon bio-methanol fuel throughout several event operations featuring Aggreko’s 250kVA Stage V compliant methanol combustion generator, where the power produced combined from this generator and a 75kW solar array will enable the race village to be powered entirely by green energy. Across the weekend Aggreko will also continue to utilise other previously seen renewable energy technologies such as Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), which will be used to power the famous Trinity Pier and Clyde Quays.

Aggreko’s bio-methanol renewable fuel application will be one of many sustainable initiatives implemented at the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix, as SailGP makes its biggest step forward yet in its vision to be the most sustainable and purpose driven global sports league, with some of the most progressive technological and sustainable clean energy innovations in action in Plymouth.

The Great Britain Sail Grand Prix also marks one year since SailGP launched its ground-breaking Impact League. A world-first initiative to make sustainability essential to the fabric of sport and to accelerate the transition to clean energy. The Impact league tracks the positive actions made by each team to reduce their carbon footprint and help accelerate inclusivity in sailing.

SailGP Global Director of Purpose and Impact Fiona Morgan said: “As we’ve seen Britain shatter its record for the highest temperature ever registered as a direct result of climate change, now more than ever all businesses, including sports organisations, need to act. It’s fantastic to be back in Plymouth and partnering with Aggreko to find innovative solutions to minimise our impact, focusing on clean energy. Aggreko is a world leader in mobile modular power and this partnership is a great example of how we can come together to tackle the climate emergency.”

Carsten Reincke-Collon, Director of Future Technologies at Aggreko commented: “We are excited to premiere our bio-methanol genset as a low-carbon fuel solution in our industry at the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix in Plymouth. Methanol is a very promising alternative fuel. Made from biomass it is available as low-carbon fuel today and will become close to net-zero when made from green hydrogen in the future. It is extremely rewarding to see the positive impact that our clean energy solutions can make on the championship, and we are proud to be supporting SailGP as they race closer to their sustainability targets.”

Aggreko is excited to continue its journey with SailGP. The partnership aims to utilise the platform provided to influence sustainability-conscious choices throughout the sailing industry and sporting events globally.