Since the project was officially completed in October 2022, this new way of powering events has continued to thrive in the city of Breda. Along the project it has been witnessed an increase in fossil-free events. Indeed, the way of working and thinking of AirQon has been spreading more and more, However, this cannot be solely attributed to the AirQon project itself. The reality is that combining cars, battery storage systems, and the electricity grid creates a clean and financially sound solution. Indeed, according to expert sources from AirQon, if there are no restrictions imposed by municipalities, approximately 20% of events may continue to rely on diesel generators, while 80% will opt for cleaner solutions.
Firstly, any potential user can access the project's website and book the AirQon solution for usage. Therefore, AirQon remains fully available, although it should be noted that there is now a cost associated with its utilization, which was not the case during the project's development. However, it is important to highlight that, for now, working with AirQon in combination with power grid and storage systems is proven to be financially better than diesel generators. However, this should be understood as a necessary step, part of the natural process through which events must transition from using conventional, polluting solutions to these innovative, decarbonized ones that are now a reality.
Secondly, there is a strong willingness from Breda Municipality to disseminate the existence of different sites in the city where electricity for events can be provided through fixed-grid power supply points, in a safe, easy-to-implement and, overall, zero-direct-emission manner. Breda Municipality is actively seeking options to facilitate the best possible match between energy demands and power delivery options. For instance, by promoting the use of digital tools such as apps and websites to face the challenge of scaling up utilization, accessibility, and utilization of these temporary set of fixed-grid power supply points. Nevertheless, current questions being addressed are: How can we make them easier to use? What should be the price for the service? Should we pass on this cost to event organizers, or should they be financially helped in some way? And especially, if something goes wrong, how can the resulting impact be managed? Who would be responsible in case of a failure? And how can those potential incidents be resolved quickly?
Finally, it is worth noticing that the entire community of Breda desires to be more sustainable, but hosting events and contributing to economic development is a first-level priority. In other words, the focus is on facilitating the development of events of all types and nature, although being sustainable is not currently a mandatory condition. However, construction branches have positioned themselves as enthusiastic first movers, since they are entities capable of firmly investing in AirQon and other innovative energy solutions.