Mitsubishi Invests $75 Million in Smart Grid
May 17, 2010
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Mitsubishi Electric Corp. will invest 7 billion yen (approx. US$75 million) by March 2012 in facilities for advanced smart grid technology experiments.

Mitsubishi will build experimental facilities at three of its Japanese domestic production sites, in Amagasaki, Wakayama, and Ofuna. The facilities will all be connected by a wide-area communication network and be remotely monitored.

The company will install a 200-kilowatt photovoltaic system at its Wakayama site, located in Wakayama Prefecture, and a demonstration facility at its Ofuna site, located in Kanagawa Prefecture. To demonstrate optimal energy management in private residences, the facility in Ofuna will feature a residential photovoltaic system, appliances for an all-electric homes, smart meter, home-gateway, and other network-connected equipment

At the Amagasaki site, located in Hyogo Prefecture, Mitsubishi Electric will install a 4-megawatt photovoltaic system, a 500-kilowatt rechargeable battery for transmission purposes, a power system simulator, power system stabilizer, 150 smart meters, an electric vehicle charging station, and other related equipment. Advance Metering Infrastructure, advanced energy management, and a distribution automation system will monitor and operate the assets and equipment. The total system will be used to demonstrate the benefit of smart grid technologies in each sector of the electricity industry.

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