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Stadium storage system goes live

The 3 megawatt system will provide energy for the stadium, its visitors and neighbours as well as the Dutch energy grid

The stadium creates a circular economy for electric vehicle batteries
The stadium creates a circular economy for electric vehicle batteries

The largest European energy storage system using second-life and new electric vehicle batteries in a commercial building has gone live. Amsterdam Alderman Udo Kock conducted the official opening ceremony at the city’s Johan Cruijff ArenA.


This project is the result of collaboration between Nissan, Eaton, BAM, The Mobility House and the Johan Cruijff ArenA, supported by the Amsterdam Climate and Energy Fund (AKEF) and Interreg.


The arena is the home of AFC Ajax and the stage for the Dutch national team, concerts, dance events and business meetings and welcomes more than two million visitors annually. The stadium and neighbouring area will also function as a living lab, testing innovations in practice.


The new system and related company, Amsterdam Energy ArenA BV, are the result of the innovation programme managed by Amsterdam Innovation Arena, in which knowledge institutions, governments and companies such as BAM, Nissan, Eaton and The Mobility House are working on the stadium of the future. Partners in Amsterdam Innovation Arena also include Amsterdam City Council, Amsterdam Smart City, TNO, KPN, KPMG, Huawei, Microsoft, Signify, Nissan, Eaton, Honeywell and BAM.


The 3 megawatt storage system will provide a reliable and efficient energy supply for the stadium, its visitors, neighbours and the Dutch energy grid. Combining Eaton power conversion units and the equivalent of 148 Nissan LEAF batteries, it not only enables a more sustainable energy system but also creates a circular economy for electric vehicle batteries.


“Thanks to this energy storage system, the stadium will be able to use its own sustainable energy more intelligently and, as Amsterdam Energy ArenA BV, it can trade in the batteries’ available storage capacity.” says Henk van Raan, director of innovation at the Johan Cruijff ArenA.


“The ArenA is assured of a considerable amount of power, even during an outage. As a result, the stadium will contribute to a stable Dutch energy grid. The Johan Cruijff ArenA is one of the most sustainable stadiums in the world and leads the way in introducing smart innovations like this unique energy storage system.”


The storage system plays an important role in balancing supply and demand of energy in the Johan Cruijff ArenA. The storage system with 3 megawatts and 2.8-megawatts hour is enough to power several thousand households. This capacity also means that the energy produced by the 4,200 solar panels on the roof of the arena can also be stored and used optimally.


The energy storage system will provide back-up power, reducing the use of diesel generators, and provide relief to the energy grid by flattening the peaks that occur during concerts.


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