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August 28, 2021

Buzen Substation – BESS, Japan

By Carmen

The Buzen Substation – BESS is a 50,000kW energy storage project located in Buzen, Fukuoka, Japan.

The electro-chemical battery energy storage project uses sodium based as its storage technology. The project was announced in 2015 and was commissioned in 2016.

Description

The Buzen Substation – BESS is owned by Kyushu Electric Power (100%).

The key applications of the project are frequency regulation and renewable capacity firming.

Contractors involved

Kyushu Electric Power and NGK Insulators have delivered the battery energy storage project.

Additional information

The facility offers energy-storage capabilities similar to those of pumped hydro facilities while helping to improve the balance of supply and demand when renewable energy sources are used. The energy storage system achieves effective overall control and improved operational efficiency through the use of Mitsubishi Electric’s BLEnDer RE battery SCADA system to monitor and control modules in a multiple module system. Also, containerized, compact (double stacked) battery modules help to reduce the facility footprint, installation time and construction costs.

Methodology

All publicly-announced energy storage projects included in this analysis are drawn from GlobalData’s Power IC. The information regarding the projects are sourced through secondary information sources such as country specific power players, company news and reports, statistical organisations, regulatory body, government planning reports and their publications and is further validated through primary from various stakeholders such as power utility companies, consultants, energy associations of respective countries, government bodies and professionals from leading players in the power sector.

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