Japan Helps California Test Energy Storage, Expand Vehicle Charging Stations

The office of Gov. Jerry Brown is building a partnership with the Japanese government’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization.

by / September 14, 2015
Officials from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development and Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization Governor's Office of Economic Development

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) this week signed Memoranda of Understanding with Japan in which the parties will work to build out the network of fast-charging electric vehicle (EV) stations in Northern California and demonstrate a “redox flow” battery storage technology.

“Taken together, these projects increase the market for EVs and the likelihood they will be powered by clean electricity,” GO-Biz announced on Friday.
 
The Japanese government’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has designated Nissan and Kanematsu Corp. to work on the project. NRG EVgo, a provider of EV charging solutions, also will be involved.
 
GO-Biz Chief Deputy Director Panorea Avdis, CalEPA Secretary Matt Rodriquez, California Energy Commission Chair Robert Weisenmiller, Commissioner Janea Scott, and other state officials joined the Japanese contingent for the signing event on Thursday.
 
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