Premier League soccer club Arsenal will be able to recycle enough electricity to fuel their own home fixtures after installing a 3MWh battery storage system at the Emirates Stadium.
Developed by UK-based Pivot Power, the unit is designed to meet peak levels of energy consumption and stores sufficient power to run the Emirates for 90 minutes – the equivalent of powering 2,700 homes for two hours.
Using funding support from investment manager Downing LLP, the system is the largest at any sports ground in the UK and is set to increase to 3.7MWh capacity ahead of the 2019/20 season.
“This is a big step forwards for us in being efficient with energy usage, and building on our work in reducing our carbon footprint as an organisation,” said Arsenal’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham.
“We have been powered by green energy since 2017 thanks to Octopus Energy, and the battery storage system will support our efforts further.”
The installation will allow for 80 per cent of its match-day energy use to be recycled, facilitated by Arsenal’s new energy supplier Octopus Energy.
Since switching provider, the club has installed LED floodlights to help reduce the club’s energy consumption by 30 per cent, saving enough carbon emissions to fill the Emirates almost four times over.
“The UK is certainly not being left-back on the bench, with Arsenal truly moving the goal posts when it comes to energy efficiency at Emirates Stadium,” said Claire Perry, minister for the Department of Business, Energy and Industry Strategy.
“This project scores the hat-trick of tackling peak prices and storing clean energy, with the goal of selling back energy to the grid at peak times. A more flexible energy grid could save the UK billions and this kind of cutting-edge technology shows companies the potential of being part of the beautiful game of smarter energy systems.”
The battery will generate income by providing services to National Grid to help it balance supply and demand shared between Pivot Power, Downing LLP and the club.
Arsenal were lighting up the Vitality Stadium on Sunday as they beat Bournemouth 2-1, in a victory powered by an own goal from Jefferson Lerma and a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang strike.