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Press Release

NEDO Launches Automated Demand Response Project in Portugal

-Aiming at Power Demand and Supply Management with Both Comfort and Economic Efficiency-
July  23,2015
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

NEDO and the National Laboratory for Energy and Geology (LNEG) of Portugal recently reached agreement on jointly promoting a smart community demonstration project to be carried out in Portugal from FY2016 to FY2018. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the project was concluded by NEDO and LNEG on July 22, 2015.

With the cooperation of public buildings and households in Lisbon, the project will demonstrate an automated demand response system which can adjust power demand and supply as needed. The system will be able to maintain customer comfort by automatically managing air-conditioning equipment according to the needs of individual customers while also achieving efficiency by shifting customer electricity use from peak periods to lower cost periods.

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1. Project Overview

Portugal has a national energy strategy that aims to increase the share of renewable energy in its final energy consumption to 31%. It is now one of Europe’s leading countries where large-scale deployment of renewable energies has been achieved. Renewable energies, including wind and hydro power generation, accounted for about 70% of the country’s electricity demand in the first quarter of 2014. Further deployment of wind and PV power generation is now being planned, and the need for more efficient use of renewable energy is expected to increase.

In this context, NEDO and LNEG concluded an MOU to cooperate and promote a smart community demonstration project to be carried out in Portugal from FY2016 to FY2018.

In collaboration with the Portuguese government, and with the participation of public buildings and households in Lisbon, the project will demonstrate an automated demand response system which can adjust electricity demand and supply without reducing customer comfort. The system will also be able to provide automatic operation management of air-conditioning equipment in response to the needs of individual customers.

Manual demand response operation with the cooperation of utility customers involves an uncertainty of power adjustment. The project will increase certainty through automatic demand response operation and also address the growing need for electricity demand and supply stability with the large-scale deployment of renewable energies.

The project also aims to establish a system to achieve economic efficiency by shifting electricity demand from periods of higher power costs to periods of lower power costs.

NEDO selected three companies, NTT DATA Corporation, Daikin Industries, Ltd., and the Japan Research Institute, Limited, to carry out a feasibility study to realize the demonstration project. They will carry out the feasibility study until January 2016, aiming to launch the demonstration project in FY2016.

2.MOU Signing Ceremony

On July 22, 2015, at the Ministry of Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy in Lisbon, Dr. Kuniyoshi, Executive Director of NEDO, and Dr. Teresa Ponce de Leão, President of LNEG, signed the MOU to promote the demonstration project in the presence of Mr. Hiroshi Azuma, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Portugal, and Mr. Artur Trindade, Secretary of State for Energy, Government of Portugal.

3.For more information, please contact:

Smart Community Department, NEDO Tel:+81-44-520-5274