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This Event Arena Is Using EVs to Shave Its Peak Demand Load

image credit: Credit: Johann Cruijff ArenA

A 55,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Amsterdam is now operating a bidirectional electric vehicle charging system. Developers say the system will enable the facility to tap into car batteries to help support its power grid.

The project includes 15 EV charging stations that are integrated with an existing 3 megawatt (MW), 3 megawatt-hour battery storage system. That system is comprised of 148 previously used Nissan Leaf batteries. The arena also has a 1 MW photovoltaic system on its roof.

The entire vehicle-to-grid array is managed by software controls developed by The Mobility House. The 10-year-old company aims to integrate vehicle batteries into the power grid using intelligent charging, energy and storage solutions.

Plans call for the Amsterdam facility’s nearly 2,000 parking spaces eventually to be equipped with intelligent charging infrastructure, enabling the arena to become an energy hub using electric car batteries as a primary energy storage tool.

Since 2015, the Johan Cruijff ArenA and neighboring area has worked to become a laboratory to test energy management innovations. In October, the arena announced plans to create an innovation test laboratory at a university campus in Hyderabad, India. That facility is expected to test a range of technology innovations in advance of their commercial introduction.

At the Johan Cruijff ArenA, electric power drawn from cars parked at the venue will be used to shave the amount of electricity pulled from the grid when the stadium's electricity load is high. The car batteries are also seen as backing up the facility’s existing battery storage system, which is built around the array of used Nissan Leaf batteries. The system’s bidirectional design also means that a car battery can recharge while the vehicle’s operator is attending an event.

The project is a collaboration between the Royal BAM Group, The Mobility House and Johan Cruijff ArenA and is supported by SEEV4City, an initiative of Interreg North Sea Region and the Amsterdam Climate & Energy Fund.

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Matt Chester on Jan 7, 2020 5:25 pm GMT

Interesting-- will the drivers of those cars be compensated? Or is this more including fleet vehicles owned by the venue?

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Patrick Good on Jan 15, 2020 3:54 pm GMT

Has any car manufacture expressly permitted the V2G concept with regards to their vehicle (and battery) warranties?  Who pays for the "wear-and -tear" on the batteries?  Do those who park there have to "opt-in", or at least have the ability to "opt-out" while using the facility? Is there a guarantee that the battery will recieve a minimum charge before for it's allowed to be discharged?  (After all, the whole reason someone would be plugging in is to extend their range, not diminish it.)

I'm sorry, but all the talk about V2G as a viable solution to shave peak loading doesn't pass the laugh test in my opinion (and I'm now driving my 2nd EV, after owning one for 4 years and putting 85K miles on it).

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