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Toshiba is trialling a PV hybrid storage system in Japan for use in emergency situations.

The company will work with Kawasaki City to establish the pilot in the Kawasaki Port area, a designated evacuation area in the event of a disaster. Toshiba claims its system would be capable of supplying electricity and hot water to 300 evacuees for a week.

The system also includes water electrolysis equipment. Hydrogen produced in the process will be transferred to a hydrogen fuel cell.

The containerised system could also be moved to disaster hit regions as needs dictate.

It will also contain a Toshiba SCiB lithium battery for electrical storage.

The system will be operational from April 2015 and the trial will run into 2020.

Toshiba launches dual-tech energy storage system in Japan

Toshiba's hybrid energy unit will provide electricity and hot water for 300 people in the event of a disaster. IMage credit: Toshiba

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