Fischer Panda UK has sponsored the installation of a new variable speed generator for Travelling Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in a bus bringing innovative exhibitions to communities in Scotland for over 40 years.
The advanced Fischer Panda 8000i PVMV-N model has replaced the bus’s 13-year-old outdated generator, providing a range of benefits for the not-for-profit organisation, such as decreased noise inside the gallery to improve the audience experience and a reduced carbon footprint.
Although Travelling Gallery’s usual operation has been affected by the pandemic, the bus is scheduled to resume its touring in August, visiting schools and communities with its diverse and inclusive artistic programme. The much-loved visual arts organisation has reached hundreds of thousands of visitors and students on its spring and autumn tours, creating a unique and welcoming platform to engage with contemporary art.
The assistance of Fischer Panda UK has played an important part in getting the popular bus back on the road and enabling the vehicle to access locations without a power source and therefore visit more people.
Claire Craig, Curator, Travelling Gallery, said: “We are so happy the new generator has been installed. We have a longstanding and trusted relationship with Fischer Panda so it made sense to keep working with them. The new variable speed Fischer Panda 8000i generator will make a huge difference to us and is essential to the running and operation of Travelling Gallery. The generator has greatly reduced the noise inside the gallery which will provide a much greater viewing experience for our audience. They can experience and engage with the artworks without the roar and vibrations of a generator in the background. However, most importantly the new generator helps us reduce our carbon footprint and meet one of our key environmental aims.
“Travelling Gallery has an enormous reach across Scotland, visiting the Highlands and Islands as well as the more populated towns across the Central Belt. Although we have the capacity to plug into a power source, not everywhere has that option and without the generator we would be greatly reducing the opportunity for audiences everywhere to access art.”
Travelling Gallery has been touring Scotland since 1978. In 2007, the organisation received funding to build a new custom-built gallery which featured a fixed-speed Fischer Panda generator. However, after 13 years, it was time to replace the trusted generator with a modern and more energy efficient model.
The 8.0kVA / 6.4kW output PANDA 8000i PVMV-N features highly efficient variable speed technology and is Stage V Exhaust emissions compliant. Using the renowned Kubota Z482 diesel engine, the twin-cylinder set is very smooth running, quiet and lightweight at only 192kgs. It is the ideal solution where space is limited and is capable of covering battery charging, on-board utility/domestic appliances and sensitive monitoring or communication equipment.