Ada Genavia
Apr 13, 2012

Mitsubishi companies launch smart grid demonstration system using EVs and used battery packs

Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (Mitsubishi Electric) have completed the development and begun the operation of M-tech Labo, a smart grid demonstration system consisting of a 20 kW photovoltaic system, 5 electrically-dischargeable electric vehicles (EVs) and 80 kWh of used rechargeable batteries collected from EVs. This project will demonstrate load shifting by charging at night when demand is low, store power produced from renewable sources in rechargeable batteries, and supply such power back to the grid when factory facilities and offices face peak demand. This will also lower costs while promoting the environmental-benefits of renewable energy and EVs. Tokyo Institute of Technology is playing an advisory role for the project. This demonstration project is part of the KEIHANNA Eco-City Next-Generation Energy and Social Systems Demonstration Project.