Japan intensifies VPP pilots to address demand and supply fluctuations


A group of companies have launched a pilot, which aims to test how distributed energy resources can be used to ensure the reliabilty of the Japanese grid network.

Kyocera is partnering with Tokyo and Kansai Electric Power Companies, energy management firm Eneres and telecoms firm KDDI Corp, to demonstrate how flexible energy can help address challenges resulting from fluctuations in demand and supply.

Kyocera is creating a virtual power trading pool, which will use energy sourced from consumer generation resources and a wide range of independent producers to meet demand during peak periods in Tohoku region and the northern island of Hokkaido.

The project will run through to February 2019 and will include the use of onsite consumer power generation resources being integrated with home energy management system (HEMS).

The HEMS will allow consumers to manage their household electricity use in real time whilst the company’s POM system will be used to control battery storage systems.

According to joint press statement, the POM system will enable real-time management of “energy-related equipment to reduce the amount of electricity purchased, reducing waste.”

“Through the expertise gained from the various virtual power plant (VPP) test projects to date and Kyocera’s innovative products, such as its solar power generating systems and storage batteries, the company aims to establish a group control system of distributed power resources with an ADR system capable of immediately responding to signal changes.”

The solutions firm partnered with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to pilot VPP in 2014 and deployed another demand response pilot in 2016.

The news comes as Japan has set a target to generate 22-24% of total capacity from renewables by 2030.