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Banpu brings green energy experience to Loy Krathong festival in Sukhothai

Banpu brings green energy experience to Loy Krathong festival in Sukhothai

MONDAY, November 11, 2019

Renewable or green energy has stepped in to play a more crucial role in people's daily lives and how today's businesses are operated, especially the electricity generated from solar power.

Banpu Public Company Limited (BANPU), a leading integrated energy solutions company in Asia-Pacific, has introduced the innovation of solar energy microgrid system that comes with a solar power generating cabinet with energy storage using built-in lithium-ion batteries for night-time electricity consumption.
Microgrid system is an electrical system that can supply power without having to connect to the electricity network system. It consists of various types of electric power generation systems, including Energy Storage System (ESS) and Energy Management System (EMS).
The company also took part in supporting one of Thailand's iconic cultural events "Sukhothai Loy Krathong and Candle Festival 2019", where Thai and international visitors can experience the clean energy generated by solar power to cater the festival's spectacular light, sound & multimedia shows.
An educational exhibition about solar energy organised by BANPU is also available for visitors at the activity zone of the event.
James Rama Phataminviphas, Chief Executive Officer of Banpu Infinergy Company Limited, said: "Nowadays, the advancement of solar technology and energy storage systems using lithium-ion batteries has become an increasingly important clean energy choice for Thai consumers.
BANPU aims to drive the business forward, along with its commitment to promote the use of green energy generated by state of the art technology following BANPU's 'Greener & Smarter' strategy.
This is in line with its corporate policy to operate the business using sustainably with focuses on the environmental, social, and governance principles.
"Our company strives to create a better understanding among consumers about benefits of the environmentally-friendly solar energy, and continues looking for opportunities to render green energy experiences for the Thai people in a more immersive fashion, such as in festivals, concerts and at tourism landmarks. BANPU also offers solar power solutions that help reduce energy costs instantly for business entrepreneurs without having to invest by themselves," he said.
From November 2-11, BANPU supported the "Sukhothai Loy Krathong and Candle Festival 2019" held at Sukhothai Historical Park. Through the installation of solar energy microgrid system, the festival was able to benefit from electricity, fully generated from the solar power, without having to rely on other sources. The advanced innovation included:
A 47,600 watts mobile solar-powered cabinet containing solar panels which can be expanded out in the sunlight to generate electricity as needed.
A portable solar energy storage cabinet that comes with a 500,000 watt-hours (Wh) lithium-ion battery to store electricity for night-time use.
It's was the second consecutive year that BANPU lent its support to the "Sukhothai Loy Krathong and Candle Festival 2019".
The company recognizes Sukhothai's annual festival as a tradition with beautiful rituals. It has gained the status of a national festivity that is well-known to foreigners and worthy of preservation.
Quintessential activities at the festival involve light & sound performances, such as the Khao Kwan activity, the Fire Play Day, the Dawn of Happiness Ceremony, the traditional Thai market using cowrie shells as premium in exchanging goods, along with the traditional fireworks display of Phlu, Talai, and Fai Phaniang pyrotechnics.

Lighting at Khao Kwan Activity & Fire Play Day area, using 100 per cent green energy from solar cells
Visitors to the festival were immersed in the solar energy experiences in the following spaces and activities:
Khao Kwan Activity & Fire Play Day – highlighting a cultural space organizing auspicious and fortune-propitious rituals for visitors to Sukhothai festival since 1993. The area uses 100-per cent clean energy from solar cells to fuel its meaningful activities to boost spiritual morale and promote happiness and prosperity throughout the year.
Lighting at the event from BANPU – using the clean energy from solar-cell system
BANPU booth – participants to the festival could also learn more about clean energy through activities provided at the booth; these include a bicycle test ride for electric generation, a free mobile phone charging station using solar energy, an expert-guided educational exhibition and consultation on solar-power solutions.
Ticket admission booth – designed and developed by BANPU, the festival's admission booth uses electricity from the solar energy to facilitate its ticketing activities at night.
"Our participation to support the Sukhothai festival this year received a positive feedback through visitors' inquiries and their attendance to our booth in order to learn more about solar-cell energy and how to acquire our complete system installation service package. Consequently, BANPU will continue our mission to introduce innovative energy systems that provide convenient and safer access for the people. We believe that having directly experienced the use of clean energy could motivate all sectors to turn their attention to bring energy technology into their business operations and activities," concluded Phataminviphas.