Germinate is Australia’s largest fully integrated mobile renewable energy powered sound and lighting system.


The Germinate trailer soaks up some sun to help power the dance tent for 3 days at the 2010 'Folk Rythm & Life' Festival.

An industry partnership between CEE & RMIT University, Germinate is inspiring audiences and producers alike while breaking new ground in sustainable event production.

Germinate has been successfully powering live events throughout Australia since it was launched as part of Melbourne Music week with the City of Melbourne in the City Square in October 2010

Since then, Germinate has powered close to 20 events around Australia providing a clean, practical, silent and sustainable means of event production.

Germinate has entertained and engaged audiences at large scale music events (such as the Melbourne Harvest Festival where the international DJ outfits of the Herbaliser, The Family Stone & The Trojan Sound System mixed up a storm), remote indigenous communities and local government events such as the Moreland City Council 2011 Carols by Candlelight (pictured).

The Germinate renewable energy rig has literally a ton of batteries (all recycled!) equivalent to 24 kilowatt hours of power charged by a .5 kilowatt solar panel array and 2 inverters with a total 5 kilowatt output. This means Germinate can power a small to medium music festival stage using standard 240V music amplification equipment.

The Germinate system powers the Moreland City Council 2011 Carols by Candlelight event for the crowd of over 2,000 people.

The Germinate system powers the Moreland City Council 2011 Carols by Candlelight event for the crowd of over 2,000 people.

In terms of length and intensity of run times, Germinate can run a DJ PA & lighting set-up for multiple days & nights on end with no sunshine. We can also power most full bands with PA, lights & back line all day & night with no sunshine – even longer when the sun shines!

The aim of The Germinate Project is to realise the sustainability aspirations of the events and entertainment industry through implementing best practice in renewable power generation and efficient audio and lighting technology.

Germinate is also about demonstrating that sustainability isn’t just something we do in the home or office – it’s a part of everything we do in life – including enjoying music and culture at Australia’s leading events, festivals and community gatherings.

If you’d like to know more about Germinate and how you can use it for your event, feel free to contact Euan & Liam to discuss.

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The UK's Trojan Sound System on Germinate at Harvest