ArenA battery wins Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice
The largest European energy storage system using second-life and new electric vehicle batteries in a commercial building has won the Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice.
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.
“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 be recognised for our environmental sustainability efforts.”
“The energy storage system at the Johan Cruijff ArenA is a demonstration of Eaton expertise in power management solutions.” says Fabrice Roudet, Head of Energy Storage Business Unit, Electrical EMEA at Eaton. “I am extremely proud of the outcome and delighted to see that this innovative project has been officially recognised.”
“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.”
“We believe that the need for flexible energy storage increases with the increase of sustainable energy. BAM wants to be ready to build sustainable areas of the future and therefore invests in this kind of projects.” says Jaap Hazeleger, BAM director. “We recently installed the first district battery in a zero-energy residential area in Woerden, Netherlands. Not only the installation but also the management and operation of this district battery are in the hands of BAM and its cooperation partners. Building the present, creating the future is what BAM aims for.”
The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as a major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries. The awards are organised by The Green Organisation – an international, independent, non-political, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world. The Green Apple Awards are supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.