Los Alamos smart grid project switches on

Los Alamos National Laboratory partnered with 15 companies from around the world on its smart grid project.

Los Alamos National Laboratory partnered with 15 companies from around the world on its smart grid project.

Los Alamos National Laboratory and Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization on Monday powered up the new Los Alamos Smart Grid demonstration project.

The $53 million project brings a photovoltaic array, a battery storage system and an energy management system to Los Alamos. It’s designed to demonstrate the ability to stabilize solar photovoltaic output by reducing, or shaving, peak system demand.

The new smart grid will produce 2 megawatts of photovoltaic power and 8.3 megawatt-hours of battery storage. The power will go to a Los Alamos neighborhood with about 2,000 homes with the goal of reducing peak demand, such as on extremely hot days.

Gov. Susana Martinez, NEDO chairman Kazuo Furukawa and other dignitaries hosted a ribbon cutting at the project’s new “smart house” Monday afternoon. The house was built by Los Alamos County and equipped by NEDO. It includes its own energy management system, a 3.4-kilowatt PV system, batteries and more.

Read more in the New Mexico Business Journal.

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