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Home of Ajax becomes more energy efficient

Nissan and Eaton are also broadening their portfolio of xStorage Home residential energy storage solutions as pre-ordering begins in the UK, Norway and Germany

The energy storage system uses the equivalent of 280 Nissan LEAF batteries
The energy storage system uses the equivalent of 280 Nissan LEAF batteries

ArenA can power the surrounding neighbourhood when necessary

The system stores and distributes energy when it is needed

Pre-orders for xStorage Home have begun with more European markets to come

Nissan, power management leader Eaton and the Mobility House have entered a 10-year deal with Amsterdam ArenA – home of Ajax Football Club and entertainment venue – to provide back-up power from second life Nissan LEAF batteries.


In a separate announcement, Nissan and Eaton also plan to broaden their portfolio of xStorage Home residential energy storage solutions giving consumers greater choice to meet their energy needs.


By repurposing batteries from previously used electric vehicles, the xStorage Buildings system can draw energy from the grid, providing businesses with more control, better value and a more sustainable choice for their energy consumption. It will be used for back-up power during major events replacing diesel generators in the future, assisting utilities during periods of high demand and grid stabilisation services.


Using 280 Nissan LEAF batteries, the system designed for the Amsterdam ArenA will be the largest energy storage system powered by second-life batteries used by a commercial business in Europe and will have four Megawatts of power and four Megawatts of storage capacity. It also uses Eaton’s bidirectional inverters and will make the energy management of the Amsterdam ArenA more efficient, sustainable and reliable, the partners claim.


As well as providing back-up power services to the ArenA, the system also enables the venue to power the surrounding neighbourhood when necessary and protect the grid. Technology company, Mobility House, will operate the xStorage Buildings system integrated at the Amsterdam ArenA. It will perform various energy services strengthening local grid stability while generating additional value for the Amsterdam ArenA.


“Nissan is known for innovation and quality, particularly in our electric vehicles, and we’re proud to be using that expertise to transform the energy management systems of commercial premises,” said Paul Willcox, chairman of Nissan in Europe.


“Not only will xStorage Buildings provide vital back-up power to the ArenA but it will also help to stabilise the national grid in the Netherlands at times of high-energy demand. This is the first of many exciting commercial announcements to come from Nissan in this rapidly developing market.”


Meanwhile, Nissan and Eaton’s xStorage Home portfolio has been extended to includes six product configurations and pre-orders are being taken in the UK, Norway and Germany. Other European markets are expected to follow in the coming months.


The xStorage Home system can draw energy from the sun or from the grid, making energy consumption more affordable and encouraging home-owners to make a more sustainable choice. The technology in the xStorage Home system is also fit for the future, and can enable customers to sell energy back to the grid – an opportunity that is expected to be offered by energy companies in the future.


The system gives consumers greater control over how and when they use energy in their own homes enabling them to avoid expensive tariff periods. The expanded range will offer consumers greater choice over power capacity and price as well as units. Consumers can opt to purchase units powered by either second life batteries or new batteries.


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