Japan to lead international effort to set storage battery standards


Japan is set to lead work to decide global standards for large storage batteries at the International Electrotechnical Commission.

Toshiba Corp. and Hitachi Ltd. said Wednesday the Geneva-based IEC approved their joint proposal to establish a technical subcommittee on the batteries at its meeting Monday in Oslo.

Japan was also named coordinator in the subcommittee’s discussions.

There are no international standards for large storage batteries, which are essential for renewable energy sources.

Japan hopes to make the best use of the committee in a bid to win a global development race for storage battery technologies.

The first meeting of the subcommittee will be held by next summer.