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3MW battery to power Emirates Stadium

The rechargeable battery at Emirates Stadium

We are delighted to announce the installation of a ground-breaking battery storage system (BSS) that will store enough energy – provided by official renewable energy partner Octopus Energy - to run Emirates Stadium for an entire match.

The storage system, developed by UK-based Pivot Power with funding support from investment manager Downing LLP and facilitated by Octopus Energy, has been designed to meet our peak levels of energy consumption and will store enough power to run the Emirates for 90 minutes. It’s the equivalent of powering 2,700 homes for two hours.
 
The BSS is the largest at any sports ground in the UK. Once additional storage is added in summer 2019, the 180 square metre device will have a 3MW/3.7MWh capacity.

Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham said: “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. 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 of the BSS follows efforts in reducing our carbon footprint and environmental impact, with around 80 per cent of matchday waste recycled. LED floodlights have reduced floodlight energy consumption by 30 per cent and 7m kilograms of carbon is no longer being pumped into the atmosphere - enough to fill Emirates Stadium more than 3.9 times – since switching to green energy with Octopus Energy.

Minister for the Department of Business, Energy and Industry Strategy, Claire Perry said: “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. 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.”

Pivot Power CEO Matt Allen said: “Arsenal is showing how football clubs and other big power users can save money and support government plans to meet climate change targets. Batteries are central to creating a cost-effective, low-carbon economy and we are keen to help government, local authorities and businesses seize the opportunities they offer.” 

Pivot Power has installed the BSS and will operate it for 15 years. The battery will generate income by providing services to National Grid to help it balance supply and demand, which will be shared between Pivot Power, Downing LLP and the club.
 
To find out more about the club’s efforts click here.

Player of the month

November Player of the Month - VOTE NOW

Player of the Month - November 2018

It’s your chance to vote for your Player of the Month for November - and you could even win the chance to present the award.

Lucas Torreira's outstanding start to life in England continued as he played a key role in our draws with Liverpool and Wolves, and our victory at Bournemouth.

Bernd Leno also continued the impress, making four key saves in our 1-1 draw with Wolves before clawing an 89th-minute header away in the win at the Vitality Stadium.

Will Alex Iwobi get your vote? The Nigeria international laid on an assist for Alex Lacazette in the draw against Liverpool and delivered an inch-perfect through ball at Bournemouth in the build-up to our winner.

Rob Holding has had a fine month too, impressing at the heart of the defence as he plays with increasing authority as a mainstay of the backline.

Have your say below and remember to fill in your contact information for a chance of winning two tickets and presenting the award before a home game at Emirates Stadium. 

The Arsenal Foundation

Arsenal Foundation dedicated matchday

We have donated Saturday's match against Huddersfield Town to The Arsenal Foundation, as the whole club has united to give together this Christmas.

 
Every year since our move to Emirates Stadium, the manager and men’s first team have donated a day’s wages over the Christmas period – and this year the women’s team will join the tradition.
 
As well as the playing side, staff from across the club have donated money and taken up volunteering opportunities in to ensure that everyone at Arsenal is giving together this Christmas.
 
Club partners and supporter groups have joined in with the giving spirit. Octopus Energy and the Gay Gooners are set to present a cheque before the game with funds they raised together at Pride.
 
There will be bucket collectors based around Emirates Stadium for supporters also wanting to play their part – and they will be joined by special guests prior to kick-off.

In addition to the fundraising opportunities, the match will also be a celebration of the great projects and beneficiaries that have been funded by The Arsenal Foundation.
 
Tony Mills and Helder Silva, who were funded to represent England at the Amputee World Cup earlier this year, will speak about their experience at half time, whilst the first team’s warm-up tops will bear the names of other projects and initiatives that have received funding. 
 
The Arsenal Foundation is in the privileged position to be able to inspire and support the people it works with through the Arsenal name.
 
This year The Arsenal Foundation and Save the Children have launched the ambitious Coaching for Life programme, which is initially being piloted in Indonesia and Jordan. Working as one team, the two organisations are combing expertise to help improve the mental wellbeing of children affected by conflict.
 
Since 2011 over £7 million has been raised for charities including the Willow Foundation, Islington Giving and Save the Children and built football pitches in some of the world’s most challenging communities.
 
With everyone giving together – we can do even more.
 
www.arsenal.com/donate

Arsenal in the Community

Arsenal show support for Rainbow Laces Day

rainbow laces

As part of the Rainbow Laces campaign, we have been working with young people in our community projects to promote ways in which they can challenge prejudice and abuse in sport. 

The campaign is a way for everyone involved in sport to show their support for LGBT equality and inclusivity.

This year, the focus has been on how to become an active ally to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people in sport. 

With this focus in mind, our BTEC and gap year students have been taking part in Stonewall education sessions at The Arsenal Hub, led by Arsenal in the Community staff.

As well as signing Stonewall's pledge to come out as an active ally to LGBT people in sport, the groups also learned how to report abuse as well as tips for challenging anti-LGBT language.

All Premier League clubs will begin their involvement with the Rainbow Laces campaign on Friday and there will be a rainbow presence at Emirates Stadium on Sunday for the north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur. 

At Arsenal, we're proud of the diversity within our team and amongst our supporters. Through our Arsenal for Everyone campaign we want to ensure that everyone associated with the club feels an equal sense of belonging.