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The government plans to install the world’s largest battery at an electrical substation in Hokkaido, where the use of solar power is rapidly spreading.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry expects the battery, which has a storage capacity of about 60,000 kwh, to be in place by the end of fiscal 2014. The project will use up a large chunk of ¥29.6 billion in reserve funds earmarked for battery projects in the fiscal 2012 budget, a METI official said Wednesday.

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