Making another TV first, the GeoPura 250kW Hydrogen Power Unit (HPU) powered each of the 12 live Springwatch broadcasts over the course of the show’s 3 week run from May 25 to June 11 with 100% clean energy.
After making broadcasting history earlier in the year using the generator for critical back up and additional power augmentation for Winterwatch for the first time, BBC Studios Natural History Unit doubled down on its commitment to using the generator for Springwatch 2021, following through on its efforts to achieve the BBC’s goal to be net zero in terms of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Based on the premises of BBC Bristol, the hydrogen generator powered the Springwatch OB hub from which the show is broadcast live. Acting as the show’s control room, the OB hub oversees and directs the whole production with numerous live locations across the UK. Springwatch once again demonstrated the potential for all large-scale television productions to switch to reliable, clean and off-grid energy and transition away from diesel generators in the industry.
Presenter Chris Packham said: ‘Change is the only way we will begin to tackle the climate crisis. And that means taking action. I am very pleased that Springwatch has been leading the way in the drive to reduce the carbon footprint of its production. It’s incredibly important that we can pioneer the use of new technologies and methods then others will follow and then we have meaningful progress. So personally I would like to extend a massive vote of thanks and admiration to the team that has made this work. Top work!’