Nissan, power management leader Eaton and The Mobility House today signed a ground-breaking 10-year deal with Amsterdam ArenA – home of Ajax Football Club and world-famous entertainment venue – to provide back-up power from second life Nissan LEAF batteries.
The xStorage Buildings system efficiently stores and distributes energy when it's needed, ensuring that the lights never go out at the renowned 55,000-seater stadium, which has played host to numerous high profile concerts and sporting events over the years.
By repurposing batteries from previously used electric vehicles, the xStorage Buildings system can draw energy from the grid, providing businesses with more control, better value and a more sustainable choice for their energy consumption.
Using 280 Nissan LEAF batteries, the system designed for the Amsterdam ArenA will be the largest energy storage system powered by second-life batteries used by a commercial business in Europe and will have four Megawatts of power and four Megawatts of storage capacity.
Paul Willcox, Chairman of Nissan in Europe, said: "Nissan is known for innovation and quality, particularly in our electric vehicles, and we're proud to be using that expertise to transform the energy management systems of commercial premises.
"This announcement is a world first and has the potential to revolutionise the energy industry. Since we announced xStorage back in May we've seen overwhelming interest from consumers and businesses alike and we're excited to be able to announce the Amsterdam ArenA as our first commercial partner.
Henk Markerink, CEO of the Amsterdam ArenA, said: "We're talking about a huge advantage in sustainability. Soon we will be able to store generated energy from our solar panels and windmills and put it to use when we need it. A great innovation – in the future, the Amsterdam ArenA will be the first stadium in the world that won't be using fossil fuels anymore."
Frank Campbell, President, Eaton EMEA, Electrical and Corporate, said: "We're excited to see how Amsterdam ArenA, Eaton, Nissan and The Mobility House are leading the way, implementing energy storage systems in highly demanding environments and ultimately making stadiums and their neighbourhoods more energy-efficient''.
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