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Hawaii smart grid project to illustrate benefits of substation investment, set cyber security protocol

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The development of the U.S. smart grid will require the government to continue to finance upgrades to substations and other transmission lines. According to a recent report, the U.S. and Japan are working together on a smart grid project in Hawaii.

According to a press release, the U.S. and Japanese governments are working on a joint project that is projected to be completed by September of this year. During the project, builders will demonstrate how cutting-edge smart grid technologies can be implemented on a remote island where electricity costs are relatively high to achieve energy sustainability.

Further, the participating parties, including the University of Hawaii, will invest in the development of transmission upgrades. They will upgrade substations, power distribution control centers and demand side load controls, among other smart grid systems. The team hopes to illustrate the ability of the smart grid to ensure electricity constantly flows.

The group plans to utilize systems that meet the strictest cyber security standards. When the project is completed, researchers will then decide whether the system could be effectively deployed in the continental U.S.

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