The project, the largest storage system using second-life and new electric vehicle batteries installed on commercial buildings in Europe to date, was developed in partnership with Eaton, BAM, The Mobility House. pv magazine was present at the commissioning ceremony, and learned that an additional 200 batteries may be added to the 18-battery systems over the next two years.
Japanese car manufacturer Nissan announced that it has commissioned a 3 MW storage system using second-life and new electric vehicle batteries at the Johan Cruijff Arena, which is the Netherlands’ largest stadium, and also the home of the association football club AFC Ajax.
The 2.8 MWh storage system is combining power conversion units provided by U.S.-based power management company Eaton and the equivalent of 148 Nissan LEAF batteries. The system is now coupled to the rooftop PV system installed on the cover of the stadium in 2014. “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,” Nissan said in its statement.
While attending the inaugural event, pv magazine has learned that the project, which is the result of a cooperation between Nissan, Eaton, The Mobility House and BAM, is currently relying on 18 EV chargers, but that another 200 may be added to the installation over the next two years. The project was funded for two thirds by the Amsterdam Climate and Energy Fund (AKEF). The addition of EV charging stations within the stadium area is also being planned.
“The ArenA is assured of a considerable amount of power, even during an outage. As a result, the stadium will contribute to a stable Dutch energy grid,” it is further stated in the press release.
The project was one of the winners of the pv magazine awards for top business model. More details on the project will be provided on a separate article with interviews from both Nissan and Eaton in the near future.
Source PV Magazine