Manchester City FC have announced a partnership with power management firm Eaton that will develop innovative energy storage solutions for the club’s stadium and academy buildings.
The multi-year deal is part of the football club’s commitments to sustainability and energy efficiency and mirrors the increasing national interest in energy storage.
It will see Eaton promoted as the ‘official energy storage partner’ to the club and will initially focus on the firm’s xStorage Home domestic-sized storage system, which uses second-life or new electric batteries from Nissan.
According to Eaton, the technology can lower domestic energy bills by up to 50 per cent when combined wth solar panels. It works by charging up when renewable energy is available or energy is cheaper, and releasing it when energy demand is high or energy is more expensive.
Damian Willoughby, senior vice president of partnerships at City Football Group, the club’s holding company, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Eaton as this relationship exemplifies the club’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.”
The second-phase of the deal will see the football club develop best practice in energy storage across its daily operations at the Etihad Stadium and the wider Etihad Campus development in East Manchester.
Speaking at a launch event in London, Pete Bradshaw, director of estate development at City Football Group, said that the continuing development of the Etihad Campus had resulted in considerable power demand that would “fit in very well” with energy storage solutions.
“A large-scale solution for the Etihad Campus would be exciting”, he added.