March Newsletter

March Newsletter

We’re thrilled to share details about our feature in TVB Europe, where our commitment to sustainability in the OB market takes centre stage. Plus, we shine the spotlight on the dynamic duo: the ARRI Sky Panel X21 and NXTGENbps Goat. And for those seeking detailed information on our zero-emissions generators, we’ve got you covered with a handy quick reference guide to running times.

News

TVB Europe: Sustaining the OB market in a greener way

We’re thrilled to have been featured in TVB Europe’s March issue, showcasing our commitment to sustainability in outside broadcasts (OBs). Teaming up with industry leaders like ITV Studios and Plimsoll Productions, our innovative battery-powered solutions made OBs greener, quieter, and safer. Plus, our partnership with Green Kit brought eco-friendly LED lighting to the forefront. Thank you for joining us in shaping a sustainable future for television production! Read more >

International Women’s Day 2024

Lesley Marr, NXTGENbps Director of Business Development and Sustainability, was featured in TVB Europe for International Women’s Day 2024, highlighting her advocacy for gender diversity and inclusion in the film and TV industry. She champions increased representation of women, emphasising early career awareness and advocating for better training. Read more >

Product Highlights

A match made in heaven

The ARRI Sky Panel X21 brings unparalleled lighting versatility with its 800-watt power, offering soft, modular, and hard light options. Plus, its all-weather IP66 rating ensures durability in any environment. Pair it with the NXTGENbps Goat for a silent, zero emissions, eco-friendly power solution, providing 6 hours of uninterrupted lighting on-the-go, anywhere. Don’t miss out on this dynamic duo! Contact our team to find out more >

Battery running times

For those seeking detailed insights into the running times of our innovative zero emissions generators, look no further! We’ve crafted a convenient quick reference guide to demonstrate how long you can run popular products for when using our batteries. Read more >

Where to Hire & Buy

NXTGENbps is proud to collaborate with a network of esteemed partners who share our commitment to sustainable, cutting-edge power solutions. Our innovative portable power products, such as the NXTGENbps Meerkat and Goat batteries, alongside the Billy Goat expansion battery and more, are now available for hire or purchase through our network of trusted partners.

Read more >

TVB Europe: Sustaining the OB market in a greener way

We’re thrilled to be featured in the March issue of TVB Europe, showcasing our commitment to pioneering sustainability in outside broadcasts (OBs). At NXTGENbps, we’re leading the charge towards a greener future for the television industry. Partnering with industry leaders like ITV Studios and Plimsoll Productions, we’ve deployed our innovative battery-powered solutions on projects such as Ainsley’s National Trust Cook Off. This collaboration not only reduced carbon footprints but also created quieter and safer working environments, demonstrating the impact of our commitment to greener practices.

Additionally, the article underscores our unwavering dedication to sustainability, particularly through our recent partnership with Green Kit. By offering LED lighting powered by eco-friendly solutions, together we’re reshaping the landscape of OBs.

Read the full article here >

To find out more about our zero emission, silent, green batteries, please get in touch with our helpful team!

February Newsletter

February Newsletter

February was a short month packed with a lot of excitement for NXTGENbps! We were delighted to exhibit at the BSC Expo showcasing our PURE GREEN ENERGY solutions, and continue to grow our network of partners.

Read on to discover the latest news.

Events

BSC Expo 2024

NXTGENbps enjoyed a successful show at the BSC Expo in London on February 16th-17th, 2024, exhibiting alongside BPS. The event was bustling with activity, and we were thrilled to meet so many industry professionals and potential partners who share our commitment to sustainability in the media and entertainment sector, and showcase our zero-emissions, silent, and sustainable power solutions. Read more >

NXTGENbps powering creative post production with Molinare & Notorious DIT at BSC Expo

The NXTGENbps Goat was put to great use at the BSC Expo on Stand F12 with Molinare and Notorious DIT, powering their demo colour grading suite. 

Product Highlights

NXTGENbps Owl

Say hello to the NXTGENbps Owl Monitoring and Power Distribution Box. See how much power you really use. Accurate live monitoring, save and export true energy use data. 

Monitor your power consumption from any power source to get a true and accurate report of usage. Individual sockets can be renamed such as per department or equipment. Graph and chart display options at various selectable intervals to record kW, kWh, current, voltage input, power factor, and frequency. Consumption can be monitored as either total consumption or individual sockets.

News

Where to Hire & Buy

NXTGENbps is proud to collaborate with a network of esteemed partners who share our commitment to sustainable, cutting-edge power solutions. Our innovative portable power products, such as the NXTGENbps Meerkat and Goat batteries, alongside the Billy Goat expansion battery and more, are now available for hire or purchase through our network of trusted partners.

Read more >

January Newsletter

January Newsletter

2024 is already proving to be an exciting time for NXTGENbps! Read on to find out what we have been up to this month, and to stay in the loop, follow us on social media.

Upcoming Events

BSC Expo 2024

16 – 17 February, Stand Number 303

NXTGENbps is thrilled to announce its participation in the upcoming BSC Expo, taking place at Battersea Evolution, London, on February 15th (invite only VIP night) 16th-17th general entry, 2024. Partnering with BPS (Broadcast & Production Services), NXTGENbps is showcasing their innovative zero emissions, silent, and sustainable power solutions, as well as launching a brand-new product exclusively at the expo. Read more >

If you would like to meet us at the VIP night (15 February), please contact us to be added to the guestlist!

Latest News

NXTGENbps and Green Kit Form Hire Partnership to Promote Sustainable Production 

NXTGENbps, the provider of zero emission, silent, green battery generators, is proud to announce an exciting partnership with Green Kit Ltd, a London-based film lighting hire company specialising in energy efficient lights The NXTGENbps Meerkat and Goat batteries, along with the Goat expansion battery Billy Goat, are innovative portable and sustainable power solutions designed to replace traditional, noisy, and carbon-emitting diesel generators – and they are now available to hire with Green Kit Ltd. Read more >

NXTGENbps: The Definition Guide to… Batteries!

NXTGENbps, represented by Lesley Marr, Director of Sustainability, has contributed to the Definition Guide to… Batteries, delving into the latest battery technology advancements and their impact on filmmaking practices. The guide explores how recent innovations have led to smaller, more efficient batteries with enhanced energy density, presenting promising opportunities for reducing pollution and streamlining production processes. Read more >

Where to Hire & Buy

NXTGENbps is proud to collaborate with a network of esteemed partners who share our commitment to sustainable, cutting-edge power solutions. Our innovative portable power products, such as the NXTGENbps Meerkat and Goat batteries, alongside the Billy Goat expansion battery and more, are now available for hire or purchase through our network of trusted partners.

Read more >

Celebrating 21 Years of Excellence: BPS – Broadcast & Production Services

In 2024, BPS (Broadcast & Production Services) marks a significant milestone as it celebrates its 21st anniversary. The story of BPS traces its roots back to 2003 when Jono founded the company. Initially operating from a modest garden outbuilding, Jono’s vision for BPS was anchored in his extensive industry knowledge. Read more >

Product Highlights

NXTGENbps Fox

The NXTGENbps Fox portable battery is designed to provide portable electrical power up to a maximum of 1kW, with a 230V AC industrial output. The battery has its own carry handles and wheels for added portability. An LED indicator is provided to show the charge state of the battery when charging or discharging. Visit the product page here >

NXTGENbps and Green Kit Form Hire Partnership to Promote Sustainable Production 

Hampton, London, UK, 3 January 2024: NXTGENbps, the provider of zero emission, silent, green battery generators, is proud to announce an exciting partnership with Green Kit Ltd, a London-based film lighting hire company specialising in energy efficient lights The NXTGENbps Meerkat and Goat batteries, along with the Goat expansion battery Billy Goat, are innovative portable and sustainable power solutions designed to replace traditional, noisy, and carbon-emitting diesel generators – and they are now available to hire with Green Kit Ltd.  

Sustainability has become a paramount concern for filmmakers and production crews alike. By partnering with Green Kit, NXTGENbps continues to aid the film industry’s sustainability efforts, providing a rental option for a clean, quiet, and reliable power source that aligns with their eco-conscious values.  

“We are thrilled to partner with Green Kit to introduce the NXTGENbps Meerkat, Goat and Billy Goat batteries to the film and broadcast industry,” said Lesley Marr, Director of Sustainability at NXTGENbps. “This partnership signifies our commitment to making sustainable power solutions available for everyone. Hiring batteries from Green Kit will allow crews to reduce their carbon emissions whilst ensuring a seamless, silent production experience.” 

Green Kit recently rented out the Goat to power a satellite link from London to Doha ensuring that the live broadcast from outside of Westminster ran smoothly for the four-hour duration. Martin Langley, cameraman for the broadcast, commented, “Hiring the Goat for this broadcast was a game-changer. It saved the crew tremendous amounts of time with a quick and easy set-up, and being a silent battery generator, we didn’t have to worry about noise interference.”  

Green Kit Ltd is the first rental house to offer the NXTGENbps Goat battery for hire. Green Kit has always been dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of film production, and this collaboration represents a significant step toward a greener future for our industry. Pat McEnallay, Founder of Green Kit, added, “The Goat is a great addition for our organisation. With the industry coming back to full strength, it is important to offer the most advanced, sustainable technology.” 

NXTGENbps: The Definition Guide to… Batteries!

NXTGENbps, represented by Lesley Marr, Director of Sustainability, has contributed to the Definition Guide to… Batteries, delving into the latest battery technology advancements and their impact on filmmaking practices. The guide explores how recent innovations have led to smaller, more efficient batteries with enhanced energy density, presenting promising opportunities for reducing pollution and streamlining production processes. 

The Q&A also extends to emerging technologies, such as sodium batteries and hydrogen solutions, poised to shape the future of battery technology in filmmaking. NXTGENbps has shared crucial insights into customer considerations, safety measures, and regulatory compliance, which are all vital aspects of incorporating these cutting-edge power solutions into the film industry. 

This guide also provides a glimpse into the transformative potential of battery technology in the world of filmmaking. For a deeper dive into these developments and their implications, read the full guide linked below. 

Read the full guide here >

December Newsletter

December Newsletter

As we approach the end of 2023, we want to say Thank You for your support and being a part of the NXTGENbps journey. Wishing you the very best for this festive season.

Latest News

Plimsoll Productions saves half a tonne of CO2 with a 12% reduction on costs on Ainsley’s National Trust Cook Off with NXTGENbps
Plimsoll Productions saves half a tonne of CO2 with a 12% reduction on costs on Ainsley’s National Trust Cook Off with NXTGENbps.

NXTGENbps recently worked with ITV Studios production company Plimsoll Productions to enable it to utilise NXTGENbps Goat green batteries instead of diesel/petrol on its ITV series Ainsley’s National Trust Cook Off. Read more >

The Fuel Project Contributor - NXTGENbps

We are passionate about helping industry transition to #greenenergy and focus on more #sustainable products. That’s why we support The Fuel Project Phase II: The Supplier Fuel Study. This research is helping to determine the most reliable carbon footprint for London’s #AVsectorand develop a decarbonisation pathway for suppliers road transport and mobile power fleets.

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Latest Events

Albert Production Summit 2023

Director of Sustainability, Lesley Marr, represented NXTGENbps in the WeAreALBERT panel session titled “Searching for Solutions”. The discussion was centred around innovative approaches to eco-friendly solutions… Read more >

KitPlus London

Our presence at the KitPlus Show helped us make it clear that NXTGENbps is on a mission to help industries transition to cleaner energy, aiming to replace noisy and polluting diesel generators with their eco-friendly alternatives… Read more >

She Talks

In the run-up to IBC – International Broadcasting Convention 2023, Lesley discussed what sustainability means to BPS on ‘She Talks’, and the challenges of moving to greener working practices facing the broadcasters and film and TV equipment manufacturers… Read more >

Product Highlights

NXTGENbps Goat

A portable power solution with 5kW/4.8kWh capacity, expandable up to 139.2 kWh with the NXTGENbps Billy Goat 9.6kWh. Ideal for on-location lighting, video setups, and more. It boasts a Pure Sine inverter, compatibility with various power sources, and rapid charging via a Type 2 car charger, reaching 0-100% charge in under 2 hours at up to 20A. Its robust design, featuring a Cast Aluminium and Carbon Fibre casing, is suitable for all conditions (IP67). Visit the product page here >

Coming Up in 2024

The BSC Expo

We’re excited to be a part of Europe’s premier film and TV production event for 2024! It’s a fantastic opportunity to stay updated on industry trends and connect with peers. The event will take place on February 16th and 17th, 2024, at Battersea Evolution in London. We’ll be sharing more about our involvement soon, so stay tuned for updates!

Plimsoll Productions saves half a tonne of CO2 with a 12% reduction on costs on Ainsley’s National Trust Cook Off with NXTGENbps

Plimsoll Productions saves half a tonne of CO2 with a 12% reduction on costs on Ainsley’s National Trust Cook Off with NXTGENbps

NXTGENbps, an innovator in sustainable power solutions with advanced zero-emissions generators, recently worked with ITV Studios production company Plimsoll Productions to enable it to utilise NXTGENbps Goat green batteries instead of diesel/petrol on its ITV series Ainsley’s National Trust Cook Off.  

The NXTGENbps Goat is 5kW/4.8kh and is expandable up to a max of 139.2 kWh via the NXTGENbps Billy Goat at 9.6kWh. The extremely robust design cast aluminium and carbon fibre casing comes in 16 or 32 single-phase output configurations and is suitable for all conditions, making it ideal for various applications including on-location lighting, video setups, production offices and catering. 
  
“Finding cleaner ways to power our shows on location is really exciting, and much needed in our industry,” said Phil Holdgate – Head of Production Sustainability – ITV Studios. He continued, “This solution was great. We had the power supply right in the middle of the action and could have only been achieved using batteries. Not only did this cost-effective solution help us reduce our carbon footprint, but we also had a quieter and safer working environment with no messy cables running across the ground.”  

Shooting for approximately 7-hours a day, including set-up, three NXTGENbps Goats provided an incredible 5.6 kWh each per day. The Plimsoll set-up consumed a total of 168 kWh which powered the lighting, V-lock battery charging, the video village, the on-screen outdoor kitchen including fridges, and the off-screen prep kitchen also included fridges and urns.

The IP67 weather resistant batteries were an added advantage since the locations were remote, outdoor, and quite often in muddy, gravelled, and steep locations. The team swapped the battery generators between use and charging off a 13amp that was a fair distance from the location, so that there was always one spare if set-ups changed.  

Rob Wall, Technical Manager, Plimsoll Productions said, “NXTGENbps was a great partner for this project, helping us trial battery power for a production by offering great advice and service. We were able to place the eGenerators on set, cutting down on the cabling and rigging compared to diesels – this was especially important as the general public were close to set. We would feel confident using battery power on larger productions in the future.”

Lesley Marr, Business Development and Sustainability Director, NXTGENbps added, “If Plimsoll Productions had used petrol generators at an average price of £1.60 a litre, there would have been costs of around £288 in fuel alone. And then there would have been the inconvenience and cost of getting fuel to the sites, as well as any additional cable runs required. We are really proud of what we achieved together for this production and hope this will pave the way for transition to battery power on locations, helping to prove what savings can be made and how versatile working with batteries is.”

NXTGENbps offers up a zero emissions power menagerie

NXTGENbps, a pioneer in sustainable power solutions, is making headlines for its innovative zero-emissions generators featured in a recent interview with The Flint, the global news and events hub for media industry sustainability.

With a compelling range of lithium-ion battery-based units, including The Meerkat, The Goat, and The Bear, NXTGENbps is on a mission to make production power in the film, TV, construction, and entertainment industries more sustainable.

Founder John O’Reilly, aka “Jono,” spoke to Neal Romanek Founding Editor of The Flint about the importance of decarbonising power and the superiority of battery-based solutions over traditional alternatives like diesel generators and hydrogen power.

Battery power is the cleanest and the best way forward for the industry. We do have HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) but the problem is that the top-grade oil is still 50% palm oil, and the sustainability is not so good there. And then actually driving back and forth between locations with a truck to refill the generators is not sustainable.

Jono

The NXTGENbps battery powered solutions not only reduce carbon footprint but also offer expandability and unique features like USB charging and EV compatibility. NXTGENbps is leading the way in sustainable production solutions, with products like The Owl providing essential monitoring capabilities for efficient power usage. As the industry shifts towards sustainability, NXTGENbps offers a promising path to a greener future.

Read the full article here >

NXTGENbps at the KitPlus Show in London

NXTGENbps at the KitPlus Show London

In an era where traditional diesel generators are causing more harm than good, NXTGENbps is making waves with a sustainable alternative. Showcasing at the KitPlus Show in London, we presented a clear solution: the NXTGENbps Goat and NXTGENbps Meerkat sustainable batteries, designed to usher in a new age of zero-emission and silent power.

Our presence at the KitPlus Show helped us make it clear that NXTGENbps is on a mission to help industries transition to cleaner energy, aiming to replace noisy and polluting diesel generators with their eco-friendly alternatives. And it was great to rub shoulders with a diverse array of suppliers and innovations.

Watch Lesley Marr, Business Development and Sustainability Director, talking about her experience of the show:

As she mentions in the interview, Lesley joined in the panel session hosted by Neal Romanek, “How to create a sustainable studio” discussing the framework which allows participating studios to improve their sustainability profile year on year. Her insights during the seminar highlighted the crucial need to embrace sustainability within studio operations, referencing the albert sustainability accreditation as a beacon guiding the way forward.

You can watch the panel session in full in the video below:

NXTGENbps’s participation in the show and the broader conversation on environmental responsibility underlines our commitment to a greener future. We’re not just part of the movement; we’re at the forefront, driving the industry toward sustainable power one battery at a time.