Japan plans major energy storage project

The Japanese Government has announced plans to install a large-scale energy storage project in its second largest island. The 60MWh system to be built at a substation on the northern […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The Japanese Government has announced plans to install a large-scale energy storage project in its second largest island.

The 60MWh system to be built at a substation on the northern island of Hokkaido (pictured) is expected to be the “largest of its kind” and installed within the next two years, according to reports.

The island is believed to have the highest solar installed capacity compared to other regions. Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will use Government funds to subsidise the cost of the system.

Earlier this month ELN reported Japan could become the largest solar market in the world after China. The Japanese Government has been encouraging investments in alternative sources of energy after the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami two years ago.