Japanese technology company Hitachi is to lead a $37m Smart Grid demonstration project in Hawaii.

The joint US-Japan initiative is expected to be operational by 2014 and the other companies involved are both Japanese: Mizuho Corporate Bank and the Cyber Defense Institute.

The objectives of the project are to establish a system model for the integration of clean energy and to verify Smart technologies on Maui, where a high percentage of renewable energy is already in place.

It is hoped that Smart control systems will allow solar power projects on the island to respond to rapid changes in power supply and demand.

Tokyo-based Cyber Defense Institute will also test the security of the system by carrying out attempted ‘hacks’.

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