Joint U.S.-Japanese smart grid project goes ahead in Hawaii


Maui, HI, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — November 9, 2011 – Following a feasibility study conducted earlier this year, a joint U.S.-Japanese smart grid demonstration project is now going ahead on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

The project, which is being spearheaded by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), is aimed to establish a system model for the integration of clean energy and to verify cutting edge smart grid technologies on Maui, where a high percentage of renewable energy is already in place.

The project is being led by Hitachi, Ltd. Other participants include the Cyber Defence Institute and Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd. from Japan, and on the U.S. side the State of Hawaii, Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), the University of Hawaii, and U.S. national laboratories.

The system being tested mitigates the impact of variable renewable energy generation and uses renewable energy efficiently. Other aspects include direct control of home electric appliances and implementation of an EV/PHEV management system, and a cybersecurity component will improve safe operation of the system.

The estimated budget for the project is approximately US$37 million. System design and construction is underway and will continue throughout 2012, with the demonstration and business case assessment to follow in 2013-14.

The project is a result of the Japan-U.S. Clean Energy Technologies Action Plan, which was agreed in November 2009.