Toshiba has teamed up with Spanish utility GasNatural Fenosa (GNF) and Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) to regulate transmission of renewable-generated electricity via the Japanese conglomerate’s transportable lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS).
five-year demonstration project started last month at the Alcalá de Henares
substation in suburban Madrid. However, Toshiba and GNF plan to eventually test
the transportable BESS at other sites as well.
evaluate the ability of the BESS to manage electricity flows at locations in
which power demand tends to spike on a seasonal or temporary basis, Toshiba
said in an online statement. They will also test the system’s ability to manage
power and voltage fluctuations caused by renewable-energy resources.
which boasts an output of 500kW and a capacity of 776kWh, is designed to ensure
"an efficient, reliable and stable distribution network,"
November, Toshiba agreed to provide a lithium-ion battery storage system for a
trial project under regional Japanese utility Tohoku Electric Power to regulate
and expand transmission of electricity generated by solar and wind projects.
The system will be installed at a substation in the northern Japanese city of
Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, by February 2015, with 20MWh of storage capacity and
maximum output of 40MW.
summer, power equipment manufacturer Sumitomo Electric Industries also won a
contract from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) to provide
a similar large-scale battery, with 60MWh of storage capacity, on the northern
Japanese island of Hokkaido.