The Minami-Soma Substation – BESS is a 40,000kW energy storage project located in Minamisoma, Fukushima, Japan.

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

Description

The Minami-Soma Substation – BESS is owned by Tohoku Electric Power (100%).

The key applications of the project are renewable capacity firming and renewable energy time shift.

Contractors involved

Tohoku Electric Power and Toshiba have delivered the battery energy storage project.

Additional information

Funding Source 1- Federal/National.

Toshiba Corporation has received an order to supply a large scale battery energy storage system (BESS) for Tohoku Electric Power Company’s “Minami-Soma Substation Project to Verify the Improvement of Supply-demand Balance With Large-capacity Power Storage Systems. Toshiba will supply a 40MW-40MWh lithium-ion BESS, Japan’s largest, integrating an array of SCiB™ lithium-ion batteries. Construction of the system began today and the start of operation is scheduled for the end of February 2016.

Methodology

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