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Ambassador Fujisaki is in New Mexico on official business related to Japan’s investment of over $30 million in smart grid research

Albuquerque, NM - Upon the occasion of a rare visit to New Mexico, Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry and First Lady Maria Berry will host a private reception honoring His Excellency Ichiro Fujisaki, Japanese Ambassador to the United States of America, on Thursday, Feb. 23.

Ambassador Fujisaki is in New Mexico on official business related to Japan’s investment of over $30 million in smart grid research and demonstration projects in the state. During his Albuquerque visitation, the Ambassador will receive a guided tour of the Sasebo Japanese Garden at the ABQ BioPark. Sasebo, Japan is a sister city to Albuquerque. Noted landscape architect Toru Tanaka, who designed and oversaw construction details for the Japanese Garden, will provide the Ambassador with details of the four-acre grounds during a walking tour. A private reception will follow at the Aquarium.

"Japan’s investment in smart grid technology will greatly enhance the efficiencies and sustainability of electricity in our country, state and communities." said Mayor Berry.  "I am pleased to receive Ambassador Fujisaki in Albuquerque to discuss the project and to show him our world-class Japanese Garden."

The Ambassador’s visit will allow him to personally see the progress that has been made since Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) signed multiple agreements in Los Alamos with state officials and representatives from the two national laboratories, Los Alamos County, the Public Service Co. of New Mexico, and Mesa del Sol in 2010.  The agreements outlined collaborative efforts to set up smart-grid demonstration projects in Los Alamos and at Albuquerque’s Mesa del Sol, plus laboratory-based research that will help test and evaluate new energy technology and integration systems.

Researchers say the projects will demonstrate the viability of smart grid technology in New Mexico. Such technology aims to balance the supply and demand of electricity through digital information that integrates renewable energy sources.

Later phases of the project will include a large-scale battery storage system and a home that will incorporate solar, batteries, smart metering and an energy management system.


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