Japan-based Sumitomo Electric Industries will supply a storage battery system, with a total installed capacity of around 60MWh, to Hokkaido Electric Power.
The battery system, which is expected to stabilize the flow of wind and solar power by using vanadium redox flow battery technology, will be installed at Hokkaido Electric Power’s Minami Hayakita substation, Sumitomo said.
According to the company, the battery system is a part of the three plans that have been announced by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in April 2013, as the island has been flooded with applications for large-size solar projects.
The installation of the battery system is scheduled to take place in March 2015 for the three-year pilot project, reports the bloomberg.com.
This battery system is expected to increase the utility’s wind and solar capacity by around 40MW.