JUMPSmartMaui stakeholders announced the successful completion of “JUMPSmartMaui,” a collaborative demonstration project between Japan, Hawaiʻi and Maui that incorporated Smart Grid, renewable energy, and all-electric vehicle solutions in Maui’s electrical grid.
The goal of JUMPSmartMaui – based on a US-Japan government agreement – was to demonstrate smart grid technologies to enable the efficient use of renewable energy in an island setting.
The project would aggregate and control distributed energy resources, EVs, and other innovative technologies to respond to changing demands on the grid caused by the increasing levels of as-available renewable energy.
Since the project launched in June 2011, 530 residents and businesses participated in this demonstration project that was conducted in two phases.
In Phase 1, the project recruited more than 200 EV owners or lessees of the Nissan Leaf and 30 homeowner volunteers. The Leaf was selected because of its battery size. JUMPSmartMaui installed 13 Fast Charging stations across Maui, the first such installation in Hawaiʻi.
Participants were offered access to the Fast Charging stations as well as the installation of Level II chargers and smart energy monitoring devices at their homes. During this phase, valuable data was collected from volunteers to evaluate how these devices could contribute to electric grid with more renewables being integrated.
Phase 2 advanced the next phase of energy management for homes and businesses. A total of 80 volunteers were provided with the EV-Power Conditioning System (EV-PCS) units at their homes. As part of the demonstration, the EV-PCS, a technology developed by Hitachi, charged the EV and discharged the power to the home or business or to Maui Electric in response to the needs of the electric grid. The overall goal of this phase was to create a “virtual power plant” that would integrate and manage distributed renewable energy resources such as EV batteries within the electric grid for the benefit of the community.
JUMPSmartMaui was funded by Japan’s largest public research and development management organization, NEDO. Stakeholder partners included NEDO, Hitachi Ltd./Hitachi Advanced Clean Energy Corporation, along with Mizuho Corporate Bank and Cyber Defense Institute, Nissan; the State of Hawaiʻi; the County of Maui; Maui Electric Company and Hawaiian Electric Company; Hawaiʻi Natural Energy Institute; Maui Economic Development Board, Inc.; University of Hawaiʻi Maui College; The project enabled the installation of:
These 13 DC Fast Charging Stations will continue to operate on Maui and serve members who choose to continue their participation. .JUMPSmartMaui is recruiting new members in a new program, the details of which will be announced soon. Although initially, the stations targeted Nissan Leaf owners and lessees, the new program will be open to other electric vehicle, including plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
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