The Johan Cruijff ArenA is one of the world’s leading stadiums for sports matches and events and one of the most sustainable stadiums in the world. It’s also a living lab enabling rapid development, testing and demonstration of smart applications and solutions in and around the stadium. Recently the ArenA realized the largest European energy storage system using second-life and new electric vehicle batteries in a commercial building. The Johan Cruijff ArenA battery provides a more reliable and efficient energy supply and usage for the stadium, its visitors, neighbors and the Dutch energy grid.
The battery is the missing link between the energy production (7000m2 of solar panels on the roof and their own windmills), other sustainable sources (such as city heating and cooling) and consumption (big events, mainly at night) for the multi-purpose stadium. It plays an important part in the energy transition, from fossil to renewable energy, of the Johan Cruijff ArenA.
The stadium is very familiar with the fluctuating energy supply and demand. Their energy demand peaks considerably during a soccer match or an event but the 4.200 solar panels on the roof are not always generating energy at that exact moment.