Japan integrates large scale wind and storage capacity


In Japan, Hokkaido Wind Energy Transmission Corporation has partnered with Mitsubishi Electric and Chiyoda Corporation to pilot integrating large-scale wind turbines of over 500MW to the grid.

The Grid Reinforcement Pilot Project for Wind Turbines is funded by the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, a division of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Mitsubishi Electric is providing its BLEnDer RE energy management system to monitor  the 240MW/720MWh energy storage system at Kita-Toyotomi Substation in Teshio, Northern Hokkaido.

The energy storage system is claimed to be the world’s largest and is expected to commence operation by March, 2023.

The pilot is open to multiple independent power producers.

The energy management system will monitor and control batteries for renewable energy power supply to balance electricity demand and supply.

The system will help in the management of surplus power from renewable energy and help power producers comply with Hokkaido’s strict grid codes when wanting to sell to utilities.