Green hydrogen powers live broadcasts of BBC television’s Springwatch nature programme | The BBC’s goal is to achieve net zero in terms of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and using green hydrogen instead of diesel generators to power live broadcasts of nature programme Springwatch is helping to achieve this.
Cutting CO2 Speaking on one of the episodes, presenter Chris Packham told viewers that, by using a hydrogen power unit (HPU): “We estimate we’re saving 60kg of CO2 an hour and, since we have been broadcasting for 20 days, we have saved 14,400 kg of C02 going into the atmosphere.” This was achieved using a GeoPura 250kW HPU, fitted with an environmentally friendly Kelvion dry air cooler. It powered the outside broadcasting hub at RSPB Arne in Dorset from which Springwatch 2023 was shown live over a three-week run, with 100% clean energy. It was first used as critical back up and for additional power for Winterwatch 2021 and the BBC Studios Natural History Unit decided to use it for Springwatch as part of its commitment to having a greener footprint.The result The programme showed that it was possible for the television industry to switch to clean energy. Chris Packham said: “Frankly this is the future of outside broadcast TV and I am very pleased to say that Springwatch is leading the way.”
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We estimate we're saving 60 kg of CO2 an hour and, since we have been broadcasting for 20 days, we have saved 14,400 kg of CO2 going into the atmosphere.
Chris Packham | BBC
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