April 7, 2016,14:30 +0900(JST) Completion Ceremony for Large-Scale Storage Battery System at Minami-Hayakita Substation
Last December, our redox flow large-scale storage battery system was completed at the Minami-Hayakita substation of Hokkaido Electric Power Co., Inc. (HEPCO). On March 9, I attended the completion ceremony.
The weather forecast said that a blizzard would rage. However, though it was certainly cold, the wind was thankfully not so strong, with the sun sometimes shone, making the day not so bad for holding the event. The ceremony was a large-scale event, attended by about 100 related people, including President Akihiko Mayumi of HEPCO.
The completion ceremony began with a Shinto rite of offering sprigs of sacred sakaki trees in front of the shrine altar established in the building housing the battery system. I also offered a sprig. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, a plant tour was held and then everyone attending moved on to the Hayakita Citizen Center, where a celebration party was held. At the party I delivered an address, in which I expressed my appreciation for the tremendous hard work of all those concerned. In total, 44,081 people have been involved with the construction without causing any accidents or disasters for 19 months since the construction started in May 2014. I would like to express my sincere appreciation once again. I also would like to extend my deep gratitude to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the local government, and other parties concerned for providing excellent instruction and support.
The demonstration experiment will run for three years until FY 2018. Although it has just started, we would like to continue doing our best so that we can generate results favorable to both HEPCO and Sumitomo Electric.