Japanese companies design “smart community” project in Spain
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, an association which undertakes the development of new energy and energy-conservation technologies in Japan, selected Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., and Hitachi Ltd. to help build a Smart Community System Demonstration project in Spain this year.
A “smart community” comprehensively manages all of its energy use, which includes electricity, heat and waste energy, and incorporates transportation and infrastructure into its greening scheme. It will employ highly developed technology such as an advanced smart grid that will help control electricity supply and demand through the use of information and communication technologies.
The project will be done under the Japan-Spain Innovation Program which aims to promote, assist, and fund joint technological ventures that will economically benefit both countries. The smart community will be built in the surrounding area of Malaga City, Andalucía, in Southern Spain.
N.E.D.O. selected the companies because of what they can offer to the development of the project. M.C. will be contributing its global business knowledge, and M.H.I. will give its intelligent transport system which aids in the reduction of traffic congestion and delays, increase productivity, and reduce energy use and environmental damage.
Hitachi’s role for the project is to provide the project with energy management and systems.
A study on the feasibility of the project will be done on July 29, after which the project proponents will launch into a demonstration of the project that will go on until March 2016.
There will be two parts to the feasibility study – the first part will be assessing the amount of carbon dioxide emissions produced in Malaga City, the second one will be identifying the best way to reduce the emissions.
The demonstration phase will focus on the area’s transportation and electric power sectors. During the demo, project proponents will install infrastructures such as electric vehicle chargers and centers which will welcome the use of E.V.s. They will employ a smart grid which will guarantee smooth electricity supply for the vehicles, and utilize I.C.T. platforms to link the new infrastructures to the city’s power system.
Through the J.S.I.P., Japan and Spain will simultaneously fund the smart community project provided that the Japanese companies have funding approval from N.E.D.O. and that the Spanish companies involved have approved funding from the Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnological Industrial.
Both N.E.D.O. and C.D.T.I. agreed to promote research, development, and demonstration of smart grid-related technologies in their letter of intent last September 2010.
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