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The energy storage system in the Johan Cruijff ArenA has won the 2019 edie Sustainability Leaders Award in the Energy Efficiency category

LONDON, THE UNITED KINGDOM – The largest European energy storage system using second-life and new electric vehicle batteries in a commercial building has won the edie Sustainability Leaders Award 2019 in the Energy Efficiency category.

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

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

The energy storage system plays an important role in balancing supply and demand of energy in the Johan Cruijff ArenA. The storage system has a total capacity of 3 megawatt, 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. 

“Sustainability is at the heart of our strategy. 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.” says Henk van Raan, director of innovation at the Johan Cruijff ArenA. “We are extremely honoured to see that this innovative project has been officially recognized.”

“This energy storage system is the first to enable such a variety of use cases, from backup power, grid services, peak shaving, increased photovoltaic self-consumption to vehicle-to-grid.” says Fabrice Roudet, Head of Energy Storage Business Unit, Electrical EMEA at Eaton. “This project clearly demonstrates how innovative technologies can be applied to achieve energy efficiency gains.”

“With the energy storage system in the Johan Cruijff ArenA, we provide another opportunity to store renewable energies. Thereby the project brings us one step closer to realizing our vision of an emission-free future.” says Thomas Raffeiner, CEO and founder of The Mobility House. “Our technology already enables us to commercialize more than 2000 vehicle batteries on the energy markets in various projects as stationary storage systems. Consequently, technically it is already possible to intelligently integrate electric vehicles into the grid to provide grid services. It will bring the energy and automotive worlds even closer together and pave the way for innovative and sustainable business models.”

The edie Sustainability Leaders Awards are the UK’s largest and most prestigious sustainability awards that recognize excellence across the spectrum of green business; from the best efficiency programmes through to product innovations, from stakeholder engagement and social sustainability initiatives to the people on the ground who are making change happen.

Eaton

At Eaton, we make what matters work. Our energy-efficient solutions help customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more reliably, safely and sustainably. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton employs 99,000 people worldwide, and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. Eaton generated sales of $20.4 billion in 2017. For more information, visit Eaton.com/xstorage.

Johan Cruijff ArenA

Johan Cruijff ArenA is an important player in the top league of international, multi-purpose stadiums. It is the home of AFC Ajax and the stage for the Dutch national team, big concerts, dance events and business meetings. Johan Cruijff ArenA welcomes more than two million visitors annually. Johan Cruijff ArenA makes it all about the audience experience. Together with its partners, Johan Cruijff ArenA offers top-level services and facilities, and is constantly working on creating an optimal fan experience in and around the stadium.

Amsterdam Innovation Arena

The stadium’s new energy storage system and related company, Amsterdam Energy ArenA BV, are concrete results of the innovation program 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.

The stadium and neighboring area function as a Living Lab; a hotspot for testing innovations in practice. Innovative concepts and ideas as well as proven solutions in the field of stadium construction, management and exploitation will find their way to stadiums, sports and recreational areas throughout the world via Johan Cruijff ArenA International. The partners in Amsterdam Innovation Arena are: Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam City Council, Amsterdam Smart City, TNO, KPN, KPMG, Huawei, Microsoft, Signify, Nissan, Eaton, Honeywell and BAM.

About The Mobility House

The goal of The Mobility House is to create a zero-emission energy and mobility future. Our technology platform unites the automotive and energy sectors. We integrate vehicle batteries into the power grid using intelligent charging, energy and storage solutions. This way, we promote the development of renewable energies, stabilize the power grid and make electric mobility more affordable. 

The technology company was founded in 2009 and operates globally from its Munich, Zurich and Sunnyvale (CA) sites, serving customers in over 10 countries. These include leading automotive manufacturers, fleet operators, installation companies, energy suppliers and electric car drivers. www.mobilityhouse.com

BAM

BAM works towards a healthy and circular economy and believes the industry will be able to leave a positive legacy to the environment if they are able to work from reversible designs that are regenerative. BAM has made progress on reducing construction waste by becoming more efficient, utilising off-site manufacturing and by working with its supply chain to eliminate waste throughout the lifecycle of its projects. www.bambouwentechniek.nl

Nissan in Europe

Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 17,000 staff across locally-based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 660,000 vehicles including award-winning crossovers, commercial vehicles and the Nissan LEAF, the world’s most popular electric vehicle. Pursuing a goal of zero emissions and zero fatalities on the road, Nissan is leading the field with its vision of Intelligent Mobility. Designed to guide Nissan’s product and technology pipeline, this 360 degree approach to the future of mobility will anchor critical company decisions around how cars are powered, how cars are driven, and how cars integrate into society. Nissan is positioned to become the most desirable Asian brand in Europe. http://www.newsroom.nissan-europe.com

Contact (for journalist enquiries)

Vera Grishchenko,

VeraGrishchenko@Eaton.com,

+44 7583 090560