ESS to test iron flow battery charging at Amsterdam Schiphol


Energy storage systems maker, ESS is to test its iron flow battery solution at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the second largest airport in mainland Europe. 

The Energy Warehouse will be used in a pilot to cut the use of polluting diesel generators. Schiphol has plans to be a zero-waste and emission-free airport in 2030. The test will see the recharging of Electric Ground Power Units (E-GPU). These are batteries which will replace the diesel ground power units currently used to supply electrical power to aircraft when parked at the airport. 

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 decarbonize airport operations and reduce ground level emissions, improving air quality for airport and airline employees and passengers.”

ESS’ solution was selected for its environmental and safety performance. The iron flow batteries are nontoxic and pose no fire or explosion risk which makes them safe for use in close proximity to passenger aircraft, said the company.

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.”