Mitsubishi hooks up Orkney Islands to giant battery

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is joining forces with SSE to test a large, container-sized lithium-ion rechargeable battery for energy storage on the Orkney Islands.

The Scottish islands have a high proportion of renewable energy generation in the form of both wind and more recently marine power making it the ideal spot to test energy storage systems.

The project aims to demonstrate the potential of a 2 MW cargo container-type large capacity energy storage system based on a lithium-ion rechargeable battery to stabilise the power supply in the region.

The two 40ft-long container units, each containing over 2000 rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, along with a further 40ft-long power conditioning unit, have the capacity to store approximately 800kWh or 500kWh normal usage.

The storage system, which will be installed at Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution’s (SHEPD) Kirkwall Power Station, will be operational in early 2013.

MHI’s business unit in Europe, Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe, and SSE Generation will provide energy storage services for SHEPD, which is SSE’s power distribution company in Scotland, and the demonstration will be carried out by Japanese firm New Energy and Industrial Technology Development organization (NEDO).

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