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Manchester City FC powers up with Eaton

Manchester City FC has struck a partnership with power management giant Eaton, which could eventually see energy storage units being installed at the Etihad Stadium and the City Football Academy.

The Club has signed a multi-year deal with Eaton, which it says builds on its commitment to leading the way in sustainability.

Eaton, who have more than 100 years of experience in the industry, will share best practice in energy storage to help enhance the Club’s efforts across all its daily operations at the Etihad Stadium and City Football Academy.

Damian Willoughby, Senior VP of Partnerships for City Football Group, said:

We are delighted to be partnering with Eaton as this relationship exemplifies the club’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. Eaton shares City’s values of operating in a way that promotes a positive impact on our community and environment. We are looking forward to working with Eaton and tapping into their heritage and expertise to further grow our knowledge in this field.

The Club plays its domestic and UEFA Champions League home fixtures at the 55,000 seat Etihad Stadium that City have called home since 2003.

The stadium sits on the wider Etihad Campus, which also encompasses the City Football Academy, a state-of-the-art performance training and youth development facility located in the heart of East Manchester.

Featuring a 7,000 capacity Academy Stadium, the City Football Academy is also where Manchester City Women’s Football Club and the Elite Development Squad train on a daily basis and play their competitive home games.

The new partnership also marks the launch of Eaton’s home energy storage unit, xStorage Home.

Using Eaton’s leading power quality technology and electronics combined with second life or new electric vehicle (EV) batteries from vehicle manufacturer Nissan, the system will offer customers greater energy independence and control.

When connected to residential power supply and/or renewable energy sources, the unit helps save money on electricity bills by charging up when renewable energy is available or energy is cheaper and releasing that stored energy when demand and costs are high. The system works optimally when used alongside solar panels – storing energy when the sun is shining and releasing it when needed to give users a greater return on their solar investment.

This technology can also be used on a larger scale. It is due to be installed at the Amsterdam ArenA, home of Ajax FC.

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Image: Frank Campbell (L), president EMEA Eaton and Tom Glick, Chief Commercial Officer, City Football Group

For an in depth look at Manchester City’s sustainable initiatives, please see the summer edition of Panstadia & Arena Management magazine out in June.