ESS Energy Warehouse to Power E-GPUs at Schiphol Airport

ESS has announced that it will provide its Energy Warehouse iron flow battery solution at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) to recharge electric ground power units (E-GPUs).

The Energy Warehouse will be used in a pilot to enable the future discontinuation of polluting diesel generators, as part of Schiphol’s plan to be a zero-waste and direct-emission-free airport in 2030.

ESS Energy Warehouse
ESS Energy Warehouse

The energy storage system will be used to recharge E-GPUs, which are replacing the diesel ground power units used to supply electrical power to aircraft when parked at AMS.

Oscar Maan, Royal Schiphol Group Manager of Innovation, said:

“We hope that the partnership with ESS enables Schiphol to advance our electrification and decarbonisation strategy. If this pilot is successful, this is a double win as it both reduces our carbon footprint and reduces air pollution.

“This pilot will also be part of TULIPS. Royal Schiphol Group is leading the TULIPS consortium, funded by the EU as part of the European Green Deal. The consortium aims to speed up the rollout of sustainable technologies in aviation and significantly contribute towards zero emissions and zero waste at the EU’s 300+ airports by 2030 and climate-neutral aviation by 2050.”

The Energy Warehouse will provide Schiphol with cost-effective long-duration energy storage.

ESS’s nontoxic iron flow batteries do not pose a fire or explosion risk, making them safe for use in close proximity to passenger aircraft.

Alan Greenshields, ESS Director Europe said:

“The decarbonisation of air travel is crucial and Schiphol is leading the way. We are proud to partner with a leading airport operator to demonstrate and pilot the key role that long-duration energy storage will play in helping to decarbonise airport operations and reduce ground level emissions, improving air quality for airport and airline employees and passengers.”

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