Eurus Energy Holdings Corp revealed on Wednesday the initiation of operations for a cutting-edge 1-MW/3-MWh pilot battery energy storage system, situated at the 7.65-MW Eurus Tashirotai wind farm in Akita Prefecture, Japan.
This pioneering system is the outcome of a collaborative effort involving Eurus Energy, Toyota Tsusho Corp, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc, and Toyota Motor Corp.
Notably, this marks Eurus Energy's first foray into energy storage systems that harness electric vehicle (EV) batteries.
The primary aim of this demonstration project, slated to run for several years, is to enhance the stability of power supply and demand. Additionally, the initiative seeks to maximize the value derived from wind farms that have reached the end of their feed-in tariff (FiT) periods.
The Eurus Tashirotai wind park, home to nine Vestas turbines, each boasting a capacity of 0.85 MW, has been operational since 2002. However, its FiT period officially concluded in February 2023.
This innovative energy storage project represents a forward-looking approach to the evolving energy landscape, showcasing the potential for repurposing EV batteries to address emerging challenges and optimize the operation of wind farms post-FiT periods.