In Slovenia, southeast Europe, 11 technology companies and research institutions have formed a consortium to work on the Slovenian-Japanese smart grid project, worth €50million, said the country’s Technological Platform for Smart Grids.

Slovenia and Japan, which are each financing about half of the smart grid pilot, are due to sign a memorandum of understanding in May 2014 to move the project forward.

The Slovenian partners in the consortium include seven technology companies as well as the Ljubljana and Maribor faculties of electrical engineering, the Milan Vidmar Electric Power Research Institute, and TECES, an R&D centre owned by several companies.

Slovenian companies have many prototypes and they want to test their solutions in conjunction with Japanese partners, said Gregor Omahen, secretary of the Technological Platform.

Mr Omahen said the goal of the project was to develop “products that are ready to be sold globally”.

The Japanese New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and the Slovenian Technology Agency signed an agreement for the pilot project in 2012.

For Japan, the tie-up with Slovenia offers an opportunity for Japanese technology companies to showcase their products and services in the European market.

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