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Eleven Slovenian Partners Join Smart Communities Project

Ljubljana, 14 April (STA) - Eleven Slovenian hi-tech companies and research institutions have joined a consortium that will work on a Slovenian-Japanese "smart communities" project worth EUR 50m, the Technological Platform for Smart Grids said.

Slovenia and Japan will each finance about half of the project under an agreement signed in late 2012 by the Japanese New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and the Slovenian Technology Agency.

Smart grids involve advanced systems designed to improve energy efficiency. Slovenian companies have many prototypes and they want to test their solutions in conjunction with Japanese partners, Gregor Omahen, secretary of the Technological Platform, told the STA.

He said the goal of the project was to develop "products that are ready to be sold globally".

The Slovenian partners include seven technology companies as well as the Ljubljana and Maribor faculties of electrical engineering, the Milan Vidmar Electric Power Research Institute, and TECES, an R&D centre owned by several companies.

The project will enter the next stage in May, when Slovenia and Japan sign a memorandum of understanding.

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