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Toshiba to Demonstrate Grid-Scale Battery Energy Storage on Remote Islands

Posted on the 14 March 2014 by Dailyfusion @dailyfusion
Lithium-ion battery energy storage system for Tatsugo SubstationLithium-ion battery energy storage system for Tatsugo
Substation. (Credit: Toshiba)

Toshiba Corporation announced that it has delivered battery energy storage systems integrating the company’s SCiB, an innovative lithium-ion secondary battery to Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc., for a demonstration project to expand introduction of renewable energy sources on remote islands.

The systems have been installed in substations on Tanegashima Island and Amamioshima Island, in Kagoshima prefecture, and will be used to demonstrate the integration and optimum control of battery energy storage systems deployed to manage frequency regulation and maintain stable power supply on remote islands, which are increasingly turning to renewable energy sources. The demonstration program will run for three years to fiscal 2016.

When large-scale renewable energy sources such as wind and photovoltaic are integrated into power grids on remote islands, power frequencies tends to fluctuate due to intermittent power outputs from the renewables. Toshiba’s battery energy storage systems provide such islands with an excellent solution for efficient and effective frequency regulation.

The maximum output and capacity of the systems Toshiba has delivered are 3,000kW and 1,161kW·h for Tanegashima Island and 2,000kW and 774kW·h for Amamioshima Island. Both systems integrate Toshiba’s SCiB lithium-ion secondary batteries, which are known for their long-life and performance: support for over 10,000 charge-discharge cycles; rapid charging and discharging; high level reliability and operational safety.

Toshiba is promoting battery energy storage system globally as a support for stable power supply, and is involved in Smart Community projects around the world. In Japan, these include a renewable power supply project in Okinawa and a large-scale urban project serving homes and offices in Yokohama. Overseas, they include a collaborative on-site verification testing program with Gas Natural Fenosa, one of Spain’s leading natural gas utilities, that uses a transportable battery energy storage system to achieve an efficient, reliable and stable distribution network.

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