Smart energy storage in Amsterdam

The Johan Cruijff ArenA (formerly known as the Amsterdam ArenA) is a major sport and event location in Amsterdam Zuidoost. Home to renowned football club Ajax, a regular host to the Dutch national football team, and a venue to major concert and festival productions throughout the year, the stadium always puts innovation and sustainability at the forefront of its goals. With more than 4,300 solar panels already installed upon its retractable roof, its new partnership with Nissan offers a new means of energy storage. The project is also in collaboration Eaton, BAM, The Mobility House and is supported by the Amsterdam Climate and Energy Fund (AKEF) and Interreg.

By utilising the equivalent of 148 (new and used) Nissan Leaf car batteries, the stadium will be capable of storing around 3 Megawatts of electricity. Combined with Eaton power converters, it will now be possible to power the ArenA using green energy in a more controlled way.

"The ArenA is assured of a considerable amount of power, even during an outage," said Henk van Raan, the stadium’s director of innovation. "As a result, the stadium will contribute to a stable Dutch energy grid. The Johan Cruijff ArenA is one of the most sustainable stadiums in the world and leads the way in introducing smart innovations like this unique energy storage system."

Green iniatives

The Johan Cruijff ArenA is a fine example of the sustainable innovations being embraced in the Amsterdam Area. As well as solar panels and energy storage, the stadium makes use of wind power, rainwater collection, highly efficient LED lighting, water from a local lake for climate cooling, and even escalators that generate electricity.

Learn more about new sustainability innovations in the Amsterdam Area.