Toshikazu Shibata is General Manager of the Flow Battery Engineering Department of Energy (Energy Systems Division) at Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. He received his M.S. in electrical engineering from Kyoto University, Japan, in 1992 and joined Sumitomo Electric Industries in the same year. Shibata is currently working in the development of flow battery systems and was previously engaged in the research and development of large-capacity power cables (superconducting power cables and DC-XLPE power cables). He is also a member of the committee for IEC TC21/JWG7.