Energy storage for stadiums and arenas

The demand for power on match, or event days, for stadiums and arenas can increase to over 5 fold on the usual base load of consumed energy. Managing the peak demand for power is critical for both the venue but also the stability of the local grid.

With local energy networks often working near to capacity, stadiums and arenas need to ensure a resilient power supply is available for the duration of the event. To reduce or mitigate the risk of power outages and minimise peak demand charges, stadiums and arenas often use alternative energy sources, such as diesel generators. Energy storage provides an attractive alternative to diesel generated power from both a cost and environmental perspective. Renewable solar or wind power, generated on site by the venue, can be stored by the batteries and used when required; thereby optimizing the use of available renewable energy. Even if there are no renewable sources, batteries can be charged during periods of low demand and used to reduce peaks during a major event.

Maximizing the peak shaving potential white paper

Energy storage enables peak shaving to help improve resiliency and reduce costs at times of high power demand.

Watch our success story video to learn more about the Amsterdam ArenA project:

Working in partnership with Amsterdam Arena and trusted partners, Eaton is implementing one of Europe's largest energy storage systems in a commercial building. With a minimum capacity of 3 megawatt hours, that can be upscaled when necessary, the storage system functions as an emergency power supply, captures peaks in energy demand and ensures the stability in the regular energy network.

4000 solar panels on the stadium roof provide renewable power that can be stored and then used at peak times. The energy storage capability enables the Amsterdam ArenA to peak shave when required whilst also balancing the electricity grid and reducing their dependence on diesel generators. Future aspirations are to play a central role in the development of a local smart energy grid supplying energy to other commercial buildings.