After running around North London on Saturday morning under the gaze of Messrs Henry, Vieira and Adams, I was delighted to hear the news coming out of Arsenal Football Club today as they become the UK’s first football club to install large-scale battery energy storage.
The 2MW/2.5MWh battery, developed by UK-based Pivot Power with funding support from investment manager Downing LLP and facilitated by Octopus Energy, will store enough power to run the 60,000-seat Emirate Stadium for more than two hours.
With the team unbeaten in 17 matches on the pitch, Arsenal are leading the way as an energy efficient leader off the pitch. The Emirates Stadium is already signed up to a 100 per cent renewable energy tariff and Arsenal's decision to add battery storage will help cut its carbon footprint further and support the development of a low-carbon grid in the UK.
This is yet another example of how flexible technology can help big power users save money whilst supporting climate change and clean air targets.
Hyperion's CEO David Hunt recently sat down with Pivot Power's Matt Allen for the This Week In Cleantech podcast - it's a great listen!
The Gunners’ home is one of the biggest stadiums in the UK, with energy demand coming from refrigeration, full-time offices and growing lights to maintain the grass on the pitch. Consumption spikes on match days but not as much as in the past because of energy-efficient LED floodlights. While other UK football clubs have installed solar panels and similar green measures, Arsenal is believed to be the first with large-scale storage. Matt Allen, the chief executive of energy firm Pivot Power, which installed the batteries, said: “Arsenal is showing how football clubs and other big power users can save money and support the UK’s climate change and clean air targets.”