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Arsenal’s new battery will store enough energy to run Emirates Stadium from kick off to full time

Arsenal’s new battery will store enough energy to run Emirates Stadium from kick off to full time

  • Arsenal today unveils a battery storage system (BSS) that will store enough energy provided by Official Renewable Energy Partner Octopus Energy – to run Emirates Stadium from kick-off to full time.
  • Announcement follows a unique collaboration with Pivot Power to install a 2MW/2.5MWh lithium ion BSS, with funds managed by Downing LLP.

UK-first project will save club money as it works to support country’s low-carbon plans.

The storage system, developed by UK-based Pivot Power, can store enough electricity to run the 60,000 seater Emirates stadium for an entire match. It’s the equivalent of powering 2,700 homes for two hours, more than enough time to watch the match at home. The project has been funded with investment from Downing LLP.

The installation maintains Arsenal as the leader in sustainability in sport following its commitment to green energy with Octopus Energy in 2016. The BSS will allow Arsenal to avoid peak power prices, buying electricity when it is cheap and storing it for use when prices are high. Typically, energy can cost three times more at peak times than overnight.

The 3MW/3.7 MWh BSS, one of the largest at any sports ground in the world and the first at a UK football club, will bring Arsenal immediate benefits, cutting electricity bills, and earning money by supporting a low carbon grid. A further 1MW/1.2MWh of storage to be added in summer 2019.

Arsenal Managing Director Vinai Venkatesham said: “This is a big step forwards for us in being efficient with energy usage and it builds on our work in reducing our carbon footprint as an organisation. We have been powered by green energy since 2016 thanks to Octopus Energy, and the battery storage system will support our efforts further.”

It will also enable Arsenal to make money by using the BSS to provide a range of services that will support the UK’s transition to a lowcarbon economy, providing flexible capacity that will help the electricity network¬†accommodate more renewable generation and support the growth of clean technologies like electric vehicles and heat pumps. The BSS will be automatically traded and optimised by Open Energi in response to market signals and has already secured a frequency response (FFR) contract from National Grid.

Pivot Power CEO Matt Allen said: “Arsenal is showing how football clubs and other big power users can save money and support the UKs climate change and clean air targets. Batteries are central to creating a cost¬†effective, lowcarbon economy and we are keen to help government, local authorities and businesses seize the opportunities they offer.

Pivot Power has installed the BSS and will operate it for 15 years. The battery will generate income by providing services to National Grid to help it balance supply and demand, which will be shared between Pivot Power, Downing LLP and Arsenal.

Pivot Power is also developing a nationwide network of 50MW gridscale batteries and rapid electric vehicle charging SuperHubs, with financial backing from Downing LLP. It has received planning permission to install batteries on the first three of 45 planned sites connected to National Grids extrahigh voltage transmission system: at Southampton, Carlisle and Norwich.

The BSS is a further step in Arsenals sustainability programme. It was the first Premier League club to switch to 100% green electricity, supplied by a network of solar farms and anaerobic digestion plants. Since signing a contract with Octopus Energy in 2016 and switching to green energy last year, the club has cut its carbon footprint by 7 million kilogrammes, equivalent to filling the Emirates Stadium more than 3.9 times.

Arsenal has installed LED floodlights which use 30% less electricity than conventional ones. Emirates Stadium recycles 80% of match day waste with all food waste sent to an anaerobic digestion plant where it is turned into energy to supply the club.

Arsenal, together with Octopus Energy, and Pivot Power now plan to go beyond cutting costs and carbon at the Emirates and are working on a joint project to increase global access to energy. They expect to announce details in the coming weeks.

Nicholas Roberts