A football stadium in The Netherlands is set to become self-sustainable with the addition of energy storage and an electric vehicle (EV) charging hub.

The stadium (pictured) in The Hague already features a rooftop solar PV installation, which powers lighting for nighttime matches.  

Energy supplier Scholt Energy Services will work with technology provider Alfen to deliver a system that can store the energy from the PV panels and use it to charge EVs during football matches at night.

The system is expected to come online in early 2018.

Alfen said its charging hub will consist of 20 charge points and will include an advanced load balancing platform. The charging hub will be connected directly to the energy storage system.

Sander Drissen, business development manager at Scholt Energy Services, said the project “is truly unique in the combination of use cases”.

“We will use the battery of Alfen to store the oversupply of renewable energy generated during the day. This energy can then be used in the evenings when it is most needed. In this way we make optimal use of the generated renewable energy.

“We will also smooth out the grid impact of a large number of electric vehicles that plug in at the same location at the same time. And finally, when the stadium is not being used, we can use the storage system for energy trading to further improve our business case.”

Grid operator Stedin is supporting the project. Paul Broos, a project manager with Stedin, said: “Solutions that integrate smart charging and storage will be of increasing importance to avoid sizable grid investments as a result of the growing amount of renewable energy sources coming online in combination with the rollout of electric vehicles”.