On August 11, Consul General Nozomu Takaoka attended the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and the State of Texas on the energy conservation demonstration project at the University of Texas (UT) in Austin. The ceremony was also attended by the Honorable Carlos Cascos, Texas Secretary of State;
Honorable Coby Shorter, III; Mr. Gregory Fenves, President of UT; Mr. Fumio Ueda, Executive Director of NEDO; and Mr. Atsushi Ichihoshi, Senior Executive Vice President of NTT Facilities, Inc.
In his remarks（link）, Consul General celebrated the signing of the MOU and Implementation document (ID) between UT and NTT Facilities, Inc. and put emphasis on the promising future between Japan and Texas as ideal partners in this project since Japan excels in energy conservation and Texas has huge energy potential.
This project aims at energy savings of 15 % compared to conventional systems by introducing a high capacity HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) power supply system at the UT’s Texas Advanced Computing Center and demonstrating the operation of the system. The project period is about one year and eight months from August 2015 to March 2017, and its budget is scheduled to be about 1.6 billion yen.