Toshiba to test transportable lithium-ion battery technology in Spain

Japanese engineering and electronics conglomerate Toshiba Corp. and Spanish natural gas company Gas Natural Fenosa plan to carry out collaborative on-site testing of Toshiba’s transportable lithium-ion Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) in Spain. With the BESS technology, the two companies aim to improve the efficiency, reliability and stability of the electrical grid.
The demonstration program was launched in Dec. 2013 and will run for 5 years. The first tests will be carried out at a distribution substation in a Madrid suburb, but demonstrations at other sites are planned. The testing program will include the evaluation of the BESS’s effectiveness in contributing to peak shaving and the ability of the transportable BESS to manage the electric supply at specific sites with seasonal or temporary high electricity demand. The companies will also evaluate the technology’s ability to manage power and voltage fluctuations caused by renewable energy sources. The demonstration equipment consists of a transportable BESS with 500 kW output and 776 kWh capacity. The testing program is being supported by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development organization (NEDO) under its program for »Development of Large Scale Energy Storage System with High Safety and Cost Competitiveness.«

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