ABB, a Switzerland-based major heavy electric machinery manufacturer, announced Oct 5, 2016, that it will deliver a 17MW storage battery system and 28MW of PV inverters to a mega (large-scale) solar power plant being built in Chitose City, Hokkaido, Japan.
The plant, "Shin-chitose Kashiwadai Solar Power Plant," is financed by Korea Electric Power Corp (KEPCO) and Energy Products Co Ltd (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) and will be built near New Chitose Airport. LSIS Co Ltd, which deals with solar power generation facilities, Korea Development Bank, etc are also involved in the project. The plant will transmit 28MW of electricity to a power grid.
A ground-breaking ceremony for the plant took place April 20, 2016, and the construction is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2017. With more than 10,000 solar panels, the plant is expected to generate 35GWh (35,000,000kWh) of electricity, which is equivalent to the amount consumed by 11,000 households in the region, per year. The total project cost is more than ¥11 billion (approx US$107 million).
ABB will deliver the "EssPro" container-type power storage system (output: 17MW), 14 units of the "PVS800-IS Power Conditioner Station" (output: 2MW each) and an energy management system (EMS).