One of Green Arcola’s aims is to demonstrate new energy solutions in a tangible and exciting way.
The LED lights in our Studio 1 dressing rooms, upstairs offices, box office and bar area are powered by a direct current (DC) microgrid carried in distinctive orange cabling. This DC electricity is generated by solar panels installed on our roof by Joju Solar. The majority of the electricity generated by the solar panels is converted to alternating current (AC) and fed into in the national grid.
Direct current is much lower voltage than alternating current and therefore safer to work with. DC power is used by many modern appliances including laptops, mobile phones and LEDs. The lights in our bar area use a total of 100 watts, as much as a single incandescent bulb.
The Energy Playground
We have created the Arcola Energy Playground in the foyer of Arcola Theatre, where you can turn pedal power into electrical energy. A light up “strongman” display and digital watt counter show you how much electricity you’re generating while you pedal. It also shows how much electricity common appliances use – could you pedal enough to power a TV? Green Arcola works closely with Arcola Energy Ltd, who integrate expertise in hydrogen and fuel cells, low energy lighting, efficient power electronics, capturing end-user needs, industry partnerships and low-cost UK manufacturing.
Green Arcola is also involved in the collaborative Arcola Energy for Schools programme. This innovative and inspirational education programme combines arts education skills with cutting edge engineering to bring to life the creative challenges and possibilities of sustainable technologies and lifestyles for school pupils.