Hioki Regional Energy Co., Ltd., Kyocera Corporation, and Hitachi Power Solutions Co., Ltd. announced the signing of a joint research agreement for microgrid energy management in Hioki City, Kagoshima Prefecture, in Kyushu, Japan on July 27, 2020.
Through this joint research, in cooperation with Hioki City, the three companies aim to contribute to decarbonization in the region with locally produced and consumed renewable energy, revitalize the regional economy, and develop power balancing technology that continues to supply electricity during natural disasters.
Joint Research Overview
Hioki Regional Energy Co., Ltd., was established in 2015 from an investment from several companies, organizations, and individuals (17 in total), with deep ties to Hioki City. The company has been supplying electric power to households and companies mainly in Hioki City since July 2016 to create a sustainable community, and in March 2019, the company began operating microgrids in two areas combining both solar power generation and cogeneration systems. In one area, solar electricity was supplied to consumers through private power distribution lines, while the remaining electricity shortage was supplied by the Japan Electric Power Exchange (JEPX) and other sources.
The joint research aims to increase the proportion of renewable energy used in the region and help revitalize the regional economy by introducing energy management systems (EMS) for industrial storage batteries and regional electricity companies to optimize power costs through the effective use of surplus power generated from solar, peak-cut control, and energy imbalance adjustment. In addition, the project will verify the effectiveness of solar storage batteries in supplying back-up electricity to Hioki City facilities during natural disasters.
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