ESS, a manufacturer of long-duration iron flow batteries for commercial and utility-scale energy storage applications, is to install an energy warehouse at Schiphol Airport.

The 600 kWh site will replace polluting diesel generators in providing ground power for planes as part of Schiphol Airport’s plans to improve air quality and reach carbon neutrality by 2030.

The facility will be deployed in Q1 2023 to recharge battery trucks that provide power to planes at airport gates in a project to electrify Schiphol Airports airside ground operations. Its use will eliminate the need for diesel generators and so cut both carbon emissions and diesel particulate air pollution.

Zero emissions and zero-waste operations

The deployment forms part of the wider plans of Royal Schiphol Group, the owners and operators of Schiphol Airport, for zero emissions and zero-waste operations and to create the world’s most sustainable and high-quality airports.

“The decarbonisation of the air industry is crucially important and Schiphol is in the vanguard of making this happen,” said Hugh McDermott, senior vice president business development and sales.

“Schiphol is leading the way in Europe and the world in its decarbonization plans and is setting an example to the world. Energy storage has an important role to play and in delivering on Schiphol’s target of being carbon neutral by 2030 and provides a model for other airports and other industries in how to deliver on the net-zero goal.”
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