NEDO Smart Grid, Los Alamos

  • Los Alamos, NM

  • 1 MW PV solar array at capped landfill

Additional Details

  • 3,991 x Kyocera 225W modules & Various other test modules
  • 1.8 MW/8.3 MWh Battery System
  • 1x Hitachi PCS 500kW Inverter, 5x PV Powered PVP 100kW Inverters, 10x
  • Solectria PVI 13kW Inverters
  • Schletter WS Ballasted System Ground Mount Racking
  • Web Based Monitoring (Custom)

The Los Alamos Dept of Public Utilities, Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), and the Los Alamos National Laboratory teamed up to develop smart grid technology to serve as a test bed to solve the nations overburdened and antiquated power grid. NEDO is a group of government, research institutions and private tech companies such as Kyocera, Toshiba and Hitachi.

Smart grids are new-generation electrical power networks that efficiently control and balance the supply and demand of power through digital information that integrates small and large-scale renewable energy sources.

The Los Alamos Demonstration Smart Grid project built a residential microgrid that includes:

  • A 1 megawatt photovoltaic solar array at the former landfill
  • A large scale battery storage system
  • A demonstration smart home in Los Alamos equipped with photovoltaics, a battery, a home energy management system, and smart equipment and appliances for optimized power consumption, and
  • Smart meters

One of the two projects underway within Los Alamos utility’s territory creates a micro-grid using a 1 MW solar energy system and a 1.8 MW/8.3 MWh battery system. The solar energy will course through a particular distribution line to test its impact on the grid. This is the first international project in the U.S. to demonstrate how to provide a significant proportion of renewable power on the electric grid to meet a community’s residential needs.