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.