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Toshiba to Participate in Clean Energy Demonstration Project in U.S.

To demonstrate plug-in ecosystem integrating solar photovoltaic
power generation and vehicle charging and battery storage system
31 Jan, 2013

TOKYO—Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) today announced its participation  in the Clay Terrace Plug-In Ecosystem Project in the U.S., a demonstration of a plug-in ecosystem that integrates solar photovoltaic power generation with a vehicle charging and battery storage system. The project will start on February 1 in Clay Terrace, a major mall in Carmel, Indiana.

The project was initiated by Energy System Network, an Indiana-based not-for-profit initiative, with the support and participation of Duke Energy, one of the largest electric power companies in the U.S.; Simon Property Group, one of the largest operators of retail malls in the U.S.; Itochu Corporation; one of Japan's leading general trading companies; and Toshiba.

Clay Terrace is a major outdoor lifestyle mall, the ideal home for a project that will demonstrate how photovoltaic power can be stored in a battery-based system and used to power customers' electronic and hybrid vehicles, and also to provide power to the mall at times of peak demand without drawing on the grid. The project is expected to run until July 2014 and provide essential data on the application of the system and its commercial potential.

The Plug-in ecosystem includes a solar power generation system linked to Toshiba's SCiBTM lithium-ion battery system and μEMS (micro energy management system). The integrated system offer customers access to three battery chargers in the mall parking lot, one quick charger and two standard chargers, and makes effective use of renewable energy to provide shoppers with a fast, convenient service while they visit the mall.

Toshiba will use of data produced by the project to promote the provision of advanced, eco-friendly system solutions and to support the company in expanding its smart community business into the global market.

Outline of demonstartion

Location:             Clay Terrace, Carmel, Indiana
Schedule: From Feburuary 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014
Facilities: Solar photovoltaic power generation system (10kW)
Stationary battery storage system
(Output=75kW, Capacity=42kWh )
Quick charger (Output: 50kW)
Standard charger (Output: 7.2kW)
μ energy management system

Energy Systems Network

Representative: Mr. Paul Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer
Foundation: April 2009
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Partners: Toshiba Corporation (board member)
Duke Energy Corporation (board member)
MISO (board member)
ITOCHU Corporation (board member)
Purdue University (board member)
Rocky Mountain Institute (board member)
Simon Property Group, Inc.
and others
Businesses: To promote Indiana's clean technology sector
To develop projects and coordinate joint ventures and cooperative partnerships