Smartflower Brings Power to Tivoli Friheden in DenmarkJul 22, 2019
Tivoli Friheden is a well-known amusement park located right in the heart of Aarhus, Denmark, which not only added a new amusement called the ‘Hjertekig’, a 65-meter free-fall tower, but also installed the world’s first all-in-one solar flower as part of their sustainability initiatives. The Smartflower powers the fountain in ‘The Green Square’, a newly built area in the park focused on combining sustainable solutions with the classic family-friendly amusement park experience.
Henrik Ragborg Olesen, the CEO of Tivoli Friheden said, “Our vision was to showcase the use of sustainable solar energy, and the Smartflower fit perfectly into our park design and layout… [it is] a fun and attractive way to present the park as a place that focuses on renewable energy and sustainability.”
The Smartflower is not just a sustainable energy resource at Tivoli Friheden—it is an interactive and educational resource as well. The power produced by the Smartflower is displayed on a screen to those in the park, and families and park-goers can compare that power with “the amount of power that a family (joint forces for up to 4 people) can create by turning a wheel”, said Olesen. This allows for them to understand in a physical way how much energy the Smartflower can create. “Our guests love when we do more than just entertainment,” said Olesen, “we work on creating ‘edutainment’.”
With Denmark’s and Aarhus’ admirable sustainable goals and achievements acting as a backdrop to Tivoli Friheden, it’s no wonder that the park has put in so much thought and effort into incorporating sustainability into their operations and attractions. Denmark aims to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, while Aarhus aims to be carbon-neutral by 2030. Aarhus was even the first large city in Denmark to supply its citizens and local companies with green biomass heating and electricity! Of course, this effort for net-zero emissions in Denmark isn’t just a priority for the public sector, private companies are also seeking fresh ways to help reach the goal. “We -as a country- need to work on different sources to meet [Denmark’s] ambitious goal for 2050,” said Olesen. Smartflower is pleased to be the solar innovation that Tivoli Friheden and Henrik Ragborg Olesen chose to help pave the way of creating a greener future.
To learn more about Tivoli Friheden, check out their website here!
Love that this project has moved around, such a cool idea and a beautiful installation.
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