Electric cars will be able to boost power at Ajax’s Johan Cruyff Arena from today thanks to new bidirectional charging stations.

Fans can actively contribute to the power supply of the Amsterdam arena with their cars by integrating them into the stadium’s power grid via 15 stations installed by German technology supplier, The Mobility House.

The technology will be debuted at today’s UEFA Champions League game between Ajax and Valencia.

The project combines the 15 new charging stations with the existing 3 MW battery storage – consisting of 148 Nissan Leaf batteries – and the 1 MW photovoltaic system on the roof of the arena.

According to The Mobility House, nearly 2,000 parking spaces at the 55,000-capacity venue will be equipped with intelligent charging infrastructure.

“The energy from the cars reduces with maximum load on the stadium – such as a Champions League game – the power from the grid and thus lowers the electricity bill,” The Mobility House said in a statement.

“In addition, it complements the battery storage, which in case of power failure (blackout) is available as an emergency power supplier for the arena.

“Thus, the visitors and fans can also support their clubs with electrical energy. At the same time, they stabilise the electricity grid and promote the use of renewable energies. The system also ensures that the car’s battery is recharged in time when visitors return home.”

The project is the result of collaboration between the Royal BAM Group, The Mobility House and Johan Cruijff ArenA and is supported by SEEV4City, an initiative of the Interreg North Sea Region and the Amsterdam Climate & Energy Fund.

Image: Johan Cruyff Arena