In 2012, Sumitomo completed a demonstration power generation and storage system at its Yokohama Works – using the world’s then largest vanadium redox flow battery and Japan’s largest concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) units. Photo credit: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
According to a report in the Nikkei, a Sumitomo Electric Industries vanadium redox flow battery will soon be helping Hokkaido Electric Power to store electricity in order to stabilise its grid network. The 60MWh device will allow Hokkaido to add increasing amounts of renewable energy to its grid, which serves millions of customers in the northernmost of Japan’s four major islands.
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Zinc-bromide flow battery manufacturer RedFlow has scored a battery supply agreement with Emerson Network Power Australia to develop a flow battery storage solution for off-grid and micro-grid markets in the Asia Pacific Region, reports ProactiveInvestors.
According to a company spokesperson, a key advantage of the products is their plastic build, which makes them ideal for harsh and remote locations.
One of last week’s top stories, reported by Greentech Grid and others, was that Primus has been awarded a contract by Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) to provide an energy storage system for a microgrid at the US Marine Corps Air Station in California. The project will consist of a 250kW, 1MW-hour flow-battery allied with an existing 230kW solar installation. The system is due to be installed in 2014.
Microgrids and their associated energy storage components are getting a boost from the military, small island communities and disaster preparedness, all of which benefit from the autonomy that energy storage has to offer.