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Gurin enters Japan with 500MW battery project


Pan-Asia renewables platform Gurin Energy Pte Ltd has unveiled plans to build and operate a 500-MW/2-GWh battery in Japan under a project marking its entry into the Asian country’s energy storage market.


The battery energy storage system (BESS) will be the largest one of its kind in Japan, providing four hours of discharge capacity, Singapore-based Gurin Energy said in a recent press statement. The proposed investment is estimated at around JPY 91 billion (USD 633.4m/EUR 577.7m) and it is expected to be made in a six-year period.


Gurin Energy intends to start building the complex in 2026. The company said it is considering several sites in Fukushima and Tochigi prefecture.


Toshiba Mitsubishi - Electric Industrial Systems Corporation (TMEIC) will supply the battery technology, while Nippon Koei Energy Solutions will provide engineering consulting services. Once in operation, the battery will more than double Japan’s utility-scale lithium-ion energy storage capacity, helping grid operators to balance energy demand and generation.


Japan, the fifth-largest electricity consumer in the world, aims to make renewables account for 36%-38% of its energy mix and add 10 GW of energy storage capacity by the end of the decade.


(JPY 100 = USD 0.696/EUR 0.635)

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