Renewable Energy as the New Normal

What can technology do to help achieve a sustainable global environment? For one, it can help ensure a stable supply of electric power through the use of energy storage systems (ESS). Recent years have seen expanded use of ESS based on lithium-ion batteries, which enable more efficient charging and discharging, and allow capacity to be tailored flexibly to household equipment and other applications.

In response to the growing interest in a decarbonized society worldwide, the diffusion of renewable energy in homes is progressing, including the use of solar power generators. As a result, innovative green technology such as power storage systems are attracting attention as they enable the effective use of energy.
Residential energy storage systems (RESS) enable the storage of surplus electricity generated in homes and as an emergency energy source in times of disaster. RESS powered by TDK’s large-capacity lithium-ion batteries are characterized by a high level of safety and reliability.
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Contributing to carbon neutrality with unique technologies

Miki Machida
Energy Devices BG,
TDK Corporation

To stably supply electric power, it is necessary to have equal amounts of “energy to make” and “energy to use.” However, the issue with energies of natural origin like solar and wind power is that it is difficult to control the amounts being generated. What are indispensable to overcoming this instability and making it possible to make more use of renewable energy are energy storage systems (ESS).

An ESS is system that combines large storage batteries with power controls. TDK is working to develop lithium-ion batteries for ESS use. In addition to high-capacity and high-performance lithium-ion battery packs, the unique battery management system (BMS) is distinctive to TDK’s product. This system provides for longer lifespans and better safety. In the future, by installing this ESS in a variety of locations such as the home, factories, stores, and the like, we can anticipate that they will become lifelines that supply power and support daily living even in times of disaster.

With the technology that we have cultivated to date, TDK aims to improve energy self-sufficiency and contribute to achieving carbon neutrality.

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Technological development to support the effective use of energy and carbon-free society

As countries around the world aim to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, such as solar power, wind power, hydropower, and biomass, is a crucial challenge for the sustained development of our society. Innovative power electronics technology is being integrated into all phases of creating, storing, sending, converting, using, and sharing electricity.

Energy storage technology to supply electricity that is surplus in times of periods of high demand, such as the cutting or shifting of peak electricity demand, is vital for the diffusion of renewable energy and solution of the worldwide problem of energy demand. Research and development are progressing on large-capacity rechargeable batteries, such as lithium-ion batteries, as well as various energy storage systems using flywheels, superconductivity, and others supporting energy technologies.

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FAQs about Renewable Energy

Find answers to frequently asked questions about Renewable Energy.

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What is the primary function of energy storage systems (ESS) in the context of renewable energy?

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The primary function of energy storage systems (ESS) is to ensure a stable supply of electric power by efficiently storing and discharging electricity generated from renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power.

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How do residential energy storage systems (RESS) benefit households?

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Residential energy storage systems (RESS) benefit households by storing surplus electricity generated at home, providing an emergency energy source during disasters, and enabling the effective use of renewable energy resources.

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What role does TDK play in the development of residential energy storage systems?

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TDK contributes to the development of residential energy storage systems (RESS) by providing large-capacity lithium-ion batteries that are characterized by a high level of safety and reliability.

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What are some of the key technologies being integrated into the creation, storage, and use of electricity in the context of renewable energy?

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Key technologies being integrated into renewable energy include innovative power electronics, large-capacity rechargeable batteries (e.g., lithium-ion batteries), energy storage systems using flywheels and superconductivity, and advanced solutions for sharing electricity.

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Why is energy storage technology important for the widespread adoption of renewable energy?

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Energy storage technology is important for the widespread adoption of renewable energy because it helps manage the variability of renewable energy generation, supplies electricity during periods of high demand, and facilitates peak demand shifting, thereby addressing the global challenge of energy demand.

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