At the end of June, Amsterdam’s Johan Cruijff ArenA inaugurated Europe’s largest energy storage system using new and second-life energy storage batteries in a commercial building, alongside partners Eaton, The Mobility House, Nissan and BAM. pv magazine attended the event and spoke to those involved. Below is the first in a series of three interviews with the partners, looking at their involvement in the project, and what their future plans are.
Global power management specialist, Eaton and Germany-based The Mobility House were commissioned to build the 3 MW energy storage system at the Johan Cruijff ArenA, which employed a mixture of both second-life and new electric vehicle (EV) batteries from Japanese car manufacturer, Nissan.
The 2.8 MWh storage system comprises 590 Eaton energy storage battery packs, of which 250 are second life, and 340, first life. A total of 61 battery racks have been installed across seven rows, in addition to four bi-directional Eaton inverters. The system has been designed to complement the diesel generators, which currently provide the stadium’s backup power. They will fully replace them in the future, once the regulation framework is in place.
pv magazine spoke to three of the parties involved in the project about their participation, the challenges they faced, and what is next in the cards. First up is U.S.-founded Eaton, which supported the project with its power management expertise. Frank Campbell, President, Corporate and Electrical, Eaton EMEA discusses his experiences below, and how such systems can be monetized on a much larger scale.
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