Nuna collects sunlight on top of the Amsterdam ArenA

Nuna, the world’s fastest and most efficient solar-powered car, has been placed on top of the ArenA solar energy roof in order to draw attention to the official opening of the largest solar panel roof in Amsterdam and the new contract signed between Nuon and the Nuon Solar Team.

The Amsterdam ArenA officially commissioned the solar-shingled roof on 20 June, roughly coinciding with the summer solstice. On that day, the solar panels generated approximately 7,500 kWh. ‘On some days, the solar energy roof will generate even more power than the ArenA needs,’ according to Henk Markerink, CEO of the Amsterdam ArenA. ‘It is marvellous that this is possible, and I take real pride in the fact that we have been able to commission the solar panel roof officially.’

Innovation and sustainability
The photovoltaic array on the Amsterdam ArenA rooftop was officially commissioned by Henk Markerink, CEO of the Amsterdam ArenA; Peter Smink, CEO of Nuon; and Abdeluheb Choho, the Alderman responsible for sustainability in Amsterdam. Alderman Choho declared: ‘The municipality is very pleased to have been able to support the ArenA in realizing their ambitions. The installation contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions, enhancing the innovative qualities of the city and inspiring other businesses and residents to start up their own energy project. The city of Amsterdam has recently won the Solar City 2014 award. This large, eye-catching photovoltaic array on top of the ArenA contributed significantly to the city’s success in this respect. I cannot but conclude that this project renders Amsterdam more sustainable, more resilient and future-proof, which is why I applaud the project wholeheartedly.’

Nuna on the solar panel roof
In order to call attention to the new solar energy roof, power company Nuon placed the Nuna solar car on top of the solar panel roof, where the Nuna batteries are charged metaphorically. At the same time, Nuon welcomes this opportunity to create exposure for their new contract that was signed with Delft University of Technology students to enable them to participate in this year’s South African Solar Challenge. Peter Smink, CEO of Nuon, stated: ‘The Nuon Solar Team is about to confront a new challenge and start up a new project. This very year, the team will enter the Sasol Solar Challenge in South Africa. Nuon has decided to support their efforts. It is magnificent that we can combine this new start of Nuna with the official opening of the Amsterdam ArenA solar panel roof.’

The new photovoltaic array on the ArenA rooftop was installed between the end of February and mid-May of 2014. The installation consists of 4178 solar panels and 50 transformers with a total capacity of 1128 kWp. The ArenA generates an annual total of approximately 930,000 kWh of electricity. The panels prevent the emission of 430 tons of C02 – the equivalent of the annual emissions of 180 cars.

The ArenA awarded the contract for the installation of the photovoltaic system to Nuon, the general contractor, who worked in conjunction with Oskomera, BAM and Arcadis. The Amsterdam Climate and Energy Fund and the Amsterdam Investment Fund provided the funding for the project. The Nuna 7 is a highly innovative solar-powered race car that was designed and built by students of Delft University of Technology. In 2013, the Nuna 7 won the World Solar Challenge after an epic 3000 km solar car race across the Australian desert.

Amsterdam ArenA – Naturally Sustainable
The installation of the rooftop solar system is an element of the ‘Amsterdam ArenA –Naturally Sustainable’ programme, which aims to ensure that the ArenA becomes net carbon neutral by 2015. Within the context of the energy partnership with Nuon, it was a logical next step for the ArenA to install solar panels, following their decision in favour of district heating and cooling and Dutch wind power. The Amsterdam ArenA runs the sustainability programme in conjunction with a total of close to forty Green Deal partners who are willing to invest time, expertise, services and funds into the greenification of the ArenA. They will help the Amsterdam ArenA to reduce CO2 emissions through smart transport, waste reduction, energy efficiency, clean energy and innovative sustainable solutions. The ArenA released their 2012-2013 sustainability report in December. For further details, please visit