Tokyo, Japan --- (METERING.COM) --- October 21, 2011 -  Full scale tests of smart grid and related smart community technologies have begun at Mitsubishi Electric Corporation’s production sites in Japan, the company has said.

The aim is to develop and test products including commercial systems, equipment and solutions. Mitsubishi Electric is targeting annual sales worth 1.3 trillion yen ($17 billion by March 2016.

Since May 2010, the company had been developing smart grid infrastructure worth about 7 billion yen, including systems for supply and demand management, next generation distribution management, advanced metering and energy management. The full scale testing will focus on four main areas, including demand supply balancing to manage a large amount of renewable energy connected to the grid, distribution network management to prevent instability caused by a large number of connected photovoltaic systems, total grid operation for when a large volume of renewable energy will be connected to the network and electricity demand will be aggregated in communities, and specific operations such as islanding.

The tests will also focus on the verification of smart grid technologies’ performances in very severe conditions including loss of part of the grid by earthquake, lightning and other weather related events.