Santa Fe, NM, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 22, 2010 - Nineteen Japanese companies have been named by the Japanese New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) to participate in two Japan-U.S. Smart Grid Collaborative demonstration projects in New Mexico.

NEDO is investing approximately JPY3 billion (US$33 million) over four years on the projects. Local partners include the State of New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, the Los Alamos County government, Mesa del Sol and PNM Resources.

“These companies recognize the opportunities and strengths of our national labs and our dedication to renewable energy efficiency,” said state governor Bill Richardson. “These smart grid projects will forever change the way power is managed, putting New Mexico at the forefront of the world’s new energy future.”

The project is divided into four areas and types of research.

A microgrid demonstration in Los Alamos will focus on using smart distribution equipment and energy management systems to create a highly reliable power distribution grid. The Japanese participants are Toshiba, Hitachi, Kyocera, NGK Insulators, Itochu Techno-Solutions, and NEC.

A smart house demonstration in Los Alamos will build an energy efficient “smart house” to test effectiveness in comparison to ordinary houses. The Japanese participants are Kyocera, Sharp, and NEC.

A microgrid demonstration in commercial areas of Albuquerque will demonstrate a highly reliable power supply system that can continue to operate even when the area is disconnected from the electric grid. The Japanese participants are Shimizu, Sharp, Meidensha, Fuji Electric Systems, Tokyo Gas, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Furukawa Electric and Furukawa Battery.

Finally in collective research on the overall project, the effectiveness of smart grid technologies will be evaluated. These projects will be carried out at both the Los Alamos and Albuquerque locations, as well as at three additional sites overseen by the state of New Mexico in Taos, Roosevelt and Las Cruces. The Japanese participants involved in the coordination and data management are Itochu and Accenture-Japan, while those involved in the thematic areas are:

  • Collective research on smart grid: Toshiba, Hitachi
  • Evaluation of distributed power systems: Kyocera, Fuji Electric Systems, Tokyo Gas, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, NTT (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
  • Safety technology for distributed power systems: Kandenko (Japan Electrical Safety & Environment Technology Laboratories)
  • Cyber security and information: Toshiba, Cyber Defense Institute (CRIEPI)
  • Model simulation techniques: Toshiba, NEC.

The 19 participants were selected by NEDO on the basis of the results of a feasibility study that was started in January 2010.