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NEDO and UK Government Concludes MOU for Smart Community Project in Manchester

March 18, 2014

 NEDO concluded on March 12, 2014 a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS), the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) of the British government and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) to conduct a smart community demonstration project in Manchester leveraging Japan's heat pump technology and information and Communication technology (ICT).
 NEDO Chairman Furukawa, at the MOU signing ceremony in the presence of Mr. Hayashi, Japan's ambassador to the United Kingdom in the Houses of Parliament, stated that this unprecedented demonstrative project that would aggregate residential negawatt (conserved electricity by the demand side) to trade in the power market could play a significant role in making a shift of the principal source of energy from gas to electricity as well as in establishing a low-carbon society in England, drawing a number of lessons Japan could learn at the same time and contributing to the advancement of economic and technological exchange between Japan and England through the dissemination of the state-of-the-art smart technology.
  • Scenes of the ceremony
    MOU signing ceremony