ABB technology powers soccer club’s Skagerak Arena in Norway

ABB installs First-of-its-kind energy Skagerak Energilab project consisting of solar-powered microgrid and advanced grid automation.
ABB technology powers soccer club’s Skagerak Arena in Norway
Courtesy of ABB/Skagerak Energi

Odds soccer club’s Skagerak Arena in Skien, Norway has been fitted with solar powered floodlights in a project in which soccer experts have worked with renewable energy technology specialists. Odds soccer club wants to be the greenest soccer club in Europe and it has now deployed the latest power technology at  Skagerak Arena integrating renewables into the urban community by using microgrids and energy storage capabilities.                                   

“This project kicked off with a wild idea that it must be possible to use the roof of our arena for something useful” said Einar Håndlykken, managing director of Odd’s Ballklubb. “Now, I hope this solution inspires others with a large roof to collaborate with those developing our energy systems.”

Knut Barland, CEO of Skagerak Energi, added that the energy industry is developing, both within production and distribution and that Skagerak Energilab is an important project because through this the company will gain practical experience of how such local production fits into the established network.

Part of a new energy lab, the entire rooftop of the Skagerak Arena is now covered with 5,700 square meters of solar modules, with a nominal power of 800 kWp. The battery and the energy management system ensure maximum use of renewable power even when there is low light. The photovoltaic system not only powers floodlights, it also provides the neighbourhood with locally produced electricity. It also allows the utility to collect insights into how a “prosumer” system – where consumers both produce and consume electricity – operates under different conditions.

ABB inaugurated the energy lab in collaboration with Skagerak Energi. It designed and executed the project with ABB AbilityTMPVS solar string inverters and ABB Ability e-mesh technology, including an Energy Management System (EMS). The solution will allow Skagerak Energi to run an optimum load dispatch scenario by using load forecasts and PV production, and by taking electricity price developments into consideration. ABB will also be providing its technical services to the energy lab for the next five years.

ABB Ability e-mesh is an all-in-one automation and control solution that gives grid operators a vertically integrated single cockpit view of their distributed energy resources (DERs) such as microgrids, battery energy storage systems (BESS) and renewable generation plants. ABB Ability e-mesh EMS is applicable for premises or for fleets. The e-mesh portfolio extends from modular energy storage and microgrids to plant device control, cloud services and advanced analytics for decision making and bespoke applications. ABB is a pioneer in microgrid technology and BESS, with an installed base of microgrids and BESS that aggregates to more than 450 MW worldwide and over 170 installations serving remote communities, islands, utilities and industrial campuses.

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