Shadow, Light, & Truth by Richard Cadena
Here Comes the Sun King
In the Winter 2014 issue of Protocol magazine, an article about solar stages implied that the battery industry was on the cusp of a major breakthrough which would potentially change the dynamics of powering outdoor stages. And then there was this…
Watch the video of the launch of the Powerwall and connect the dots to the live event production industry.
Solar Power in Live Event Production
by Richard Cadena
"The potential problem with 100% solar is that you can’t always rely on a bright, sunny day to get the full power from the solar panels and recharge the batteries. In a perfect world the sun shines all day year around, the air temperature is cool, and the sunlight falls at just the correct angle to maximize solar panel output. But in the real world there are days when the skies are overcast and the power generated by photovoltaic cells drops significantly. Solar cells can provide some energy on overcast days due to the ultraviolet radiation that is not affected by cloud cover, but production can range from around 50% to as low as 5% in some cases."
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Protecting the Stage
On November 23, 2014, Augustin Briolini, the lead singer of a band called Krebs, was on stage in Argentina and committed a deadly act—he grabbed a microphone. It was an ordinary mic, except that there was enough voltage between his guitar strings and the microphone that it sent a deadly current through his body. Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
Unfortunately, this is a scenario that is too often repeated. You don’t have to look too hard to find stories and videos online of singers being badly shocked or electrocuted, like Nolberto Alkalá, Frankie Palmeri of Emmure, or Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory. And that’s just in the last two years. Why is this so common and how can we stop it? Click here to continue reading.