ArenA battery winner of T3 Eco Award

The Johan Cruijff ArenA ‘second life’ mega battery has won the T3.com Eco Award. T3.com is one of the UK’s leading consumer lifestyle websites. Other nominees were, amongst others, Tesla and Patagonia. Over two million unique users visit T3.com every month.

The largest European battery using second-life and new electric vehicle batteries in a commercial building was put into use late July 2018. The three megawatt battery provides a more reliable and efficient energy supply and usage for the Johan Cruijff ArenA, its visitors, neighbors 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.

Flexible storage capacity
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.

This unique 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.