The first project in the United States to demonstrate how "smart grid" technology could provide residential customers with a significant amount of their electricity from renewable resources is open and getting ready for visitors.
The $52 million, state-of-the-art, international smart grid project was launched by the New Energy and Industrial Technology and Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan, Los Alamos County’s Department of Public Utilities (DPU), and the Laboratory.
It incorporates numerous renewable energy technologies that include:
- A smart grid facility with a two-megawatt photovoltaic solar collector at a former landfill
- A large-scale battery storage system
- A "smart home" equipped with photovoltaics, battery storage units, a home-energy management system, and "smart" equipment and appliances for optimal power consumption
NEDO and its project partners, along with the DPU, will announce opportunities to tour the project in late October or early November. To add your name to a list for an upcoming tour, e-mail Los Alamos County’s Allison Majure at Allison.Majure@lacnm.us or call her at (505) 662-8133.
A multi-federal-agency effort is now underway to build a new Interagency Fire Center in the heart of Northern New Mexico.
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Bandelier National Monument, and Santa Fe National Forest Service broke ground in June to build a new 6,400 square foot facility for joint coordination and response related to wildland fires. So far, site preparation has started, and the old facility has been torn down. Completion of the $3 million facility is scheduled for May 2013. The larger facility is expected to significantly enhance the current fire-fighting capabilities of the partnering agencies.
The new facility, located on NNSA property at LANL's Technical Area 49 near Bandelier National Monument, will accommodate up to three helicopters and other types of equipment used for firefighting. The multipurpose facility will also include room for offices, training, and meetings, and storage for fire protection and suppression equipment.
The new facility is designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environment Design criteria for reduced energy and water use.