Arsenal might not be the leading club in the English Premier League, nor does it have the biggest football stadium in the world or in the UK, but with its new, battery system powering its stadium, it’s the league’s leader in green energy.
As part of their attempts to curb energy costs and show support for green energy, Arsenal has become the first football club in the UK to put a battery storage system into their stadium. The new system is capable of powering the 60,000-seat Emirates Stadium for the length of a full match.
Arsenal Managing Director VinaiVenkatesham, in a release, says that this new battery system is a big step forward for them with regards to energy efficiency and in reducing their carbon footprint as a major organization. Venkatesham reports that the club as been powered by green energy since 2017, and that this new battery storage system will help forward their efforts.
The 3-megawatt ion lithium battery installed by the UK-based energy firm Pivot Power, is capable of storing enough energy to power the Emirates Stadium for the whole length of a 90-minute match; with only 2 megawatts used, with the remaining megawatt saved up for the next summer. The club is already partially powered by clean electricity sourced from a network of solar farms and anaerobic digestion plants.
The new battery storage system is not only a way for the club to save up money, but by using renewable energy, it is also a potential source of revenue all its own. The club can get energy from its partner, Octopus Power, when rates are low, store it, then sell it to the UK’s multinational electricity and gas company National Grid when the prices hit their peak.
Pivot Power CEO Matt Allen said in a statement that Arsenal might not have the biggest football stadium in the world, but it is demonstrating how football clubs and other major power consumers that they can save money while supporting their country’s climate change and clean air targets. Batteries, he says, are central to creating a cost-effective, low-carbon economy and that they are eager to help the government, the local authorities, and businesses take advantage of any opportunities for green energy that they can.