1. New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) through Japan's Ministry of Technology was a partner in the State of New Mexico’s bid to receive ARRA funds, and while the funds were not received, NEDO still decided to invest in New Mexico anyway (selecting Los Alamos and Albuquerque).
2. NEDO invested $37 million in the Los Alamos $52 million collaborative demonstration smart grid project with Los Alamos County’s Department of Public Utilities and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
3. Construction portion of the project: American and Japanese partners, together built a microgrid comprising photovoltaics, battery storage system, smart house, and smart meters.
4. NEDO installed 1 megawatt of photovoltaics (solar array) on the Los Alamos closed landfill. It will give Los Alamos all the energy generated from this solar array at no charge.
5. Los Alamos will install another 1 megawatt on the closed landfill, for a total of 2 megawatts of renewable energy tied into the demonstration smart grid.
6. NEDO is also installing an 8.2 megawatt hour battery system to buffer intermittent renewable energy (storing the power from the solar array for use when the sun is not shining). One of the batteries is a high storage/high performing, expensive NAS sodium sulfur battery of which there are less than 10 in the entire United States.
7. At the end of the demonstration period (two years from now), NEDO will give to Los Alamos all of the facilities at no charge and Los Alamos will be the owner of this equipment (1 megawatt of photovoltaics; 8.2 megawatt hour battery storage system; all the smart equipment in the Smart House; and all the equipment to operate the microgrid.)
8. Demonstration portion of the project – Los Alamos National Laboratory will collaborate with NEDO in a real-world scenario to test different scenarios which solve some of the problems with renewable energy. These solutions could lead to the development of international standards which would ease the way for broad adoption of renewable energy sources nationally and globally.