This week, Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology was implemented into the Johan Cruyff Arena (JCA) in Amsterdam - the home of AFC Ajax, with the first of the 15 newly installed bidirectional charging stations going live on Monday.
Sadly for AFC Ajax, their run in the UEFA Champions League came to an end yesterday evening on the back of a 1-0 home defeat to Valencia.
On the bright side though, there's still plenty of fixtures to look forward to, (even if we are talking about some being played within the Europa League) and what is really cool is the new charging stations are complemented by the existing 3 MW battery storage system (comprised by 148 second-life Nissan Leaf batteries) as well as the 1 MW photovoltaic system on the roof of the arena. Thus, fans can continue to enjoy watching a team that usually plays smart, powered by a stadium fulled by renewable energy and controlled by smart technology.
This technology and intelligent software control (supplied by The Mobility House, based in Munich, Germany) helps to coordinate the energy supply in both directions, from car-to-stadium and stadium-to-car. Thus, this enables electric cars belonging to those visiting the stadium to transfer energy supply (with their consent) to boost the maximum current capacity of the stadium. In turn this reduces electricity costs to the stadium and provides more flexibility and stability to the national grid whilst ensuring the electric cars are sufficiently charged in time for visitors driving home.
This is the true definition of a smart stadium and I am excited for a future where this smart energy infrastructure is omnipresent everywhere we go from schools to supermarkets to offices, hospitals and so on.
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According to The Mobility House, the project “represents a further milestone in the intelligent integration of vehicle batteries into the energy system and complements the existing V2G, smart charging and battery storage projects implemented in recent years with partners such as Daimler, Renault, Nissan, Audi and others”.