Toshiba in UK RE storage test

Toshiba will install a battery at a substation in central England this autumn to evaluate the integration of renewable resources such as solar and wind into the grid, in the UK’s first 2MW-scale lithium-titanate energy storage project. 

In September, it will connect its 1MWh SCiB lithium-titanate battery to the 11kv grid at Western Power Distribution's Willenhall primary substation near Wolverhampton.

The University of Sheffield, which is leading the project, expects to start operations in November.

Last January, Tokyo-based Toshiba said it had started a five-year storage test in Madrid with Spanish utility GasNatural Fenosa (GNF) and Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO).

The demonstration project will test the effectiveness of Toshiba’s transportable lithium-ion battery energy storage system in regulating transmission of renewable-generated electricity.

Toshiba also recently began developing a 40MW lithium-ion battery storage system with Japanese utility Tohoku Electric Power.