The Slovenian government and Japan’s NEDO have signed an agreement for joint cooperation in the areas of smart grid and smart community action.The two companies are looking to create a business model utilising a cloud-based integrated distribution management system for small-to-medium sized electric distribution companies. The memorandum of cooperation (MOC) will serve as the basis for ongoing smart grid and smart community system coordinated research and demonstration action. [Hitachi, Tepco and NEDO collaborate on energy storage project in Tokyo]
NEDO also reached an agreement on joint implementation of the action and signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with ELES, d.o.o., the state-owned electric transmission system operator in Slovenia.
Under the agreement, the two electric distribution companies in Slovenia will introduce a cloud-based integrated distribution management system (DMS) and distribution units controlled by the DMS. It will demonstrate a voltage control function with advanced power distribution management technology that utilizes information communications technology (ICT), and a restoration function for power outages. The action aims to create a business model for small- to medium-sized electric distribution companies.
Demonstration project in Portugal
In other news, NEDO and the National Laboratory for Energy and Geology (LNEG) of Portugal have reached an agreement to jointly develop a demonstration project on automated demand response technology that will contribute to stabilizing power supply and demand, which is essential for dealing with the introduction of large amounts of renewable energy.
On the same day, 21st November, NEDO and the city of Lisbon agreed on a project plan which includes demonstration sites at Lisbon City Hall and other municipal facilities and signed an implementation agreement (IA) for the project. [Exploring new technologies in Japan’s liberalised market]
According to a release, this demonstration project will be carried out through December 2019 with the participation of the Portuguese partners EDP, EFACEC and everis Portugal, and Daikin Industries, Ltd. as contractor, and will install building-scale multiple air-conditioner systems which have a cold air storage function in public buildings including Lisbon City Hall.
The objective of the project is to demonstrate an automated demand response system to control those air-conditioning systems capable of adjusting output based on power supply and demand. The project also intends to evaluate the business model for electric power retailers utilizing such systems.