NXTGENbps Meerkat Powers Seamless ITV News Grand National Broadcast 


NXTGENbps is dedicated to providing zero-emission battery power solutions for the film and TV industry. Our latest collaboration with ITV News for the Grand National demonstrates how our innovative Meerkat portable battery system enhanced broadcast efficiency and environmental sustainability for one of the world’s most prestigious horse racing events.

The Challenge 

ITV News faced logistical challenges with the new presenting location for this year’s Grand National. Essential broadcasting equipment needed to be relocated from their standard OB vehicle, which typically relies on an onboard technical battery for about 6 hours of operation. With the vehicle away from its overnight charging point for multiple days, ITV News required a more reliable and sustainable power solution. 

Solution: The NXTGENbps Meerkat 

NXTGENbps provided the Meerkat portable battery to address these challenges and offer a reliable and easy-to-use solution: 

  • Extended Power Supply: The Meerkat’s powerful 5,000Wh lithium-ion battery offered a sustainable power source, allowing ITV News to avoid using the vehicle’s engine for charging. This approach is not only more efficient but also significantly better for the environment. Powering Essential Equipment: The Meerkat successfully powered crucial lighting and uplink equipment, ensuring optimal conditions for the broadcast. This capability was vital for maintaining an uninterrupted live broadcast. Integration with Existing Technology: By seamlessly integrating with ITV News’s existing broadcast technology, the Meerkat provided the necessary power for cameras, communication devices, and other broadcasting tools. This facilitated the streaming of three cameras with low latency back to the newsroom, ensuring viewers received high-quality, real-time coverage of the Grand National. 

Environmental Benefits 

Environmental sustainability is a core value for both NXTGENbps and ITV. NXTGENbps battery solutions align perfectly with this goal by providing a green alternative to traditional power sources. For the Grand National broadcast, the Meerkat delivered zero emissions and silent operation, reducing the carbon footprint of the event. By utilising the Meerkat, ITV News not only ensured reliable and efficient power for their broadcast but also reinforced their commitment to sustainable production practices, promoting a healthier environment for both the crew and the audience. 

Product Details 

The NXTGENbps Meerkat is designed to deliver portable electrical power up to a maximum of 16A with a 230VAC industrial output. The system comprises two main components: a battery box and a power conversion box, connected via a supplied cable. Both boxes feature carry handles and wheels for easy transportation. 

Key features include: 

  • 5,000Wh Lithium-Ion Battery: Can be charged separately from the power conversion box using its integrated charging system. 
  • LED Indicator: Displays the charge state of the battery during charging or discharging. 
  • Portability: The design ensures maximum portability and ease of use and transport at various locations. 


The successful deployment of the NXTGENbps Meerkat at the Grand National showcases its effectiveness in providing reliable, portable power for live broadcasts. By choosing the Meerkat, ITV News not only ensured the smooth execution of their coverage but also reinforced their commitment to environmental sustainability. NXTGENbps is proud to support ITV News in their efforts to deliver exceptional broadcasts while prioritising green energy solutions. 

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