SEEV4-City Newsflash: Latest round of updates on Vehicle-to-Grid in Amsterdam and Oslo

Vehicle-to-Grid at the The Johan Cruijff ArenA

The Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam operates the largest European energy storage system using second life and new electric vehicle batteries in a commercial building. At the same time it is one of the most sustainable, multi-functional stadiums in the world. This unique project is the result of collaboration between Nissan, Eaton, BAM, The Mobility House and the Johan Cruijff ArenA, supported by the Amsterdam Climate and Energy Fund (AKEF) and the Interreg SEEV4-City project.

Since the beginning of 2019, the Johan Cruijff ArenA can rely on an extended backup power provided by a battery storage system of 3 MW power and 2.8 MWh capacity – enough to provide up to  3 MW of backup power during events. The storage system backed the UEFA Champions League match that saw Ajax take on POK Athens on 13 August 2019, thus reducing the need for diesel generators.

Outside of events at the Johan Cruijff ArenA, the system is operated on the Frequency Control Reserve (FCR) market and provides 3 MW of power to support the European transmission grid. By substituting conventional power plants, which use coal and gas as a source of energy, the ArenA battery storage provides essential support in the transition towards a carbon neutral energy system. Provision of FCR power is reimbursed for by Tennet, the Dutch transmission grid operator. Read more.


Vulkan, the most advanced EV charging garage in Norway

The Vulkan Mobility House, owned by Aspelin Ramm Eiendom AS and operated by Fortum Charge & Drive, is performing well with the remaining high-performance DC chargers to be installed by December 2019 at the latest.

The numbers of charging sessions from the 100 flexible 22 kW semi-fast charging stations have tripled since the start of the launch in February 2017, with use and turnover increasing by the day. In fact, the business case has turned positive for one of their most popular charging points, allowing the operators to earn money now.

The next step for Vulkan will be to install the remaining two high-performance DC chargers, rated at 50 kW, in autumn 2019. A survey will also be conducted in the coming months to get more user information from the site. Lastly, they will soon be testing innovative user’s payment for normal charging overnight in accordance with the introduction of user payment for curb side charging in Oslo (which started in March 2019). Read more.


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