Mitsubishi and Hitachi to participate in ‘smart community’ project in Spain


Tokyo, Japan — (METERING.COM) — March 9, 2011 – Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has selected Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd and Hitachi Ltd as participants in a smart community system demonstration project in the area surrounding the city of Malaga in southern Spain.

Comprising a feasibility study to be conducted until July 29, 2011, and a subsequent demonstration phase that will carry through to the end of March 2016, the project will leverage state-of-the-art Japanese technologies in renewable energy, energy conservation, and smart communities.

The feasibility study will be conducted in two phases – the first to verify the amount of CO2 emissions produced by major public services in Malaga City, and the second to determine how best to reduce these.

The demonstration phase will focus on the transportation and electric power sectors. Infrastructure will be installed to facilitate greater use of electric vehicles (EVs), including EV chargers, an EV center, and the vehicles themselves.

A smart grid will be set up to ensure electricity is supplied smoothly and safely to the vehicles, as well as integrated ICT platforms to connect the new infrastructure to the city’s existing power systems.

The scope of the demonstration operations will be defined by NEDO, upon consultation with specialists following the feasibility study phase.

The project will be conducted under the Japan-Spain Innovation Program (JSIP), which provides funding for joint smart grid technology developments. The Mitsubishi companies will offer global business expertise, technology integration, and an intelligent transport system, while Hitachi’s involvement will be through incorporation of its energy management and ICT systems. Spanish utility Endesa S.A. and ICT company Telefonica will be partnering on the project.

A smart community is one that comprehensively manages all types of energy, including electricity, heat and waste energy, and integrates transportation and other infrastructure, through an advanced smart grid, which efficiently controls electricity supply and demand by means of ICT.