An energy storage system comprised of repurposed Nissan LEAF batteries is being used in Amsterdam’s football stadium, the Johan Cruijff Arena. Described by Nissan as the largest European energy storage system using second-life and new electric vehicle batteries in a commercial building, the official opening ceremony was conducted last week by Amsterdam Alderman Udo Kock.
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.
The 3 megawatt storage system 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.
“We are delighted to be part of the Europe’s largest energy storage system developed for a commercial building. Thanks to the Johan Cruijff ArenA we can demonstrate today that re-purposing the batteries of Nissan electric vehicles can contribute to make the whole energy system more efficient and sustainable. We are putting our electric ecosystem at the heart of a sustainable future, transforming the way we drive and also transforming the way we live" said Francisco Carranza, Managing Director of Nissan Energy.
Henk van Raan, director of innovation at the Johan Cruijff ArenA said, “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.”
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