Japan Benex and Sumitomo will launch what they call their Future Plant project using rooftop solar panels, Nissan electric vehicles and their batteries to power Japan Benex’s headquarters in Isahaya, Japan.
The thus developed energy system combines renewable energy with stationery storage and electric vehicles. Nissan will provide 10 Nissan e-NV200 electric vans for the project.
Both the EVs and stationery batteries will help stabilize output from the solar power system. The Nissan e-NV200s will also be used by Benex employees, and the EV batteries will eventually be recycled and refabricated as components of the energy storage system.
Japan Benex and Sumitomo Corp. jointly developed the system for use in virtual power plants (VPP), which are expected to be operating in Japan by 2020. A virtual power plant is a smart-grid solution that integrates energy resources using IoT and controls charging to ensure real-time balance between generation and consumption.