Japan plans major storage project

Japan wants to even-out supplies of solar power

Japan wants to even-out supplies of solar power

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has announced plans to install a large-scale storage system at a substation on the northern island of Hokkaido to help regulate transmission of solar-generated power.

According to METI, at 60MWh the battery bank will be the largest of its kind in the world to be set up at a utility-run substation.

METI plans to draw from ¥29.6bn ($298m) in reserve funds left over from the fiscal 2012 budget to cover the installation costs

Regional utility Hokkaido Electric Power will install the system by the end of the 2014 financial year.

Japan wants to address the highly variable nature of electricity generated by utility-scale solar power plants, a government official tells Recharge.

“The storage battery (will) stabilize the fluctuations,” says Takahide Soeda, Log in to read complete article.

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