Yuasa BESS goes live for Japan wind power project

Yuasa BESS goes live for Japan wind power project

Yuasa BESS goes live for Japan wind power project 640 402 Energy Storage Journal

July 6, 2023: GS Yuasa announced the start of operations on June 15 of a 240MW/720 MWh BESS to support a wind power facility in Japan.

Yuasa said the lithium-ion BESS delivered to the North Hokkaido Wind Energy Transmission Corporation started operations last March, following a 16-month installation period that ended in November 2021.

The system, equipped with about 210,000 modules and 3.3 million cells, will be maintained by Yuasa for 20 years.

Yuasa manufactured the batteries, which use the firm’s proprietary Starelink battery maintenance service and associated remote monitoring technology to constantly monitor the voltage of all cells.

The BESS will help to suppress output fluctuations caused by weather changes and aid grid stabilization, the company said.

In March, Yuasa said it would raise prices for its lead and lithium ion batteries and other products sold in Japan by at least 10% from April 1 because of increased raw material costs.

Yuasa said the cost of materials including iron, steel, plastics and non-ferrous metals such as copper had continued to increase steeply over the past two years.