Nikkei. A consortium of Japanese firms, including Hitachi and Toshiba, is expected to construct a small smart grid project in the US that could be operational by the end of 2010.
Construction of the grid is to begin around October in an undetermined New Mexico city with about 1,000 families. The project will be led by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, or NEDO, with the Japanese government to shoulder the initial costs of 2-3 billion yen [US$20-30 billion].
Although NEDO will solicit participants publicly, the firms that sign up are expected to be mainly those that took part in a Japan-US research project in April. This includes power-related companies Hitachi, Toshiba and Fuji Electric Holdings Co. unit Fuji Electric Systems Co., as well as such others as general contractor Shimizu Corp. and electronics giant Panasonic Corp.
The smart grid is expected to include a solar power generation system and battery-based energy storage system.