Rotary Sponsored South African Contingent Tours NEDO Project

Manager John Arrowsmith of the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) gives a presentation, to a visiting South African contingent, of a project in which DPU, Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and Los Alamos National Laboratory teamed up to develop a smart grid technology test bed to solve the nation’s overburdened and antiquated power grid. The project is located on the former landfill on East Jemez Road. The Los Alamos Rotary Club hosted the South Africans last week including Robin Gilfillan, the team leader, to the immediate left of Arrowsmith; Thabiso Mokwena, a Process Engineer for Chevron, at far right; and Simisha Pather-Elias, an Environmental conservationist, closet to the camera at far right. Photo by TK

Allison Majure of the County Department of Public Utilities, explains how the photovoltaic array is located on top of the closed landfill site. Photo by TK

 Simisha Pather-Elias poses besides an array of solar cells at the landfill solar site. She works for the Botanical Society of South Africa and is interested in the environment, animals, gardening, yoga and teaching. Photo by TK

DPU ManagerJohn Arrowsmith explains the project to the group. The Los Alamos National Laboratory headquarters area and Parajito Mountain can be seen in the background. Photo by TK
Zack Crosby of Shimizu NA, explains his company’s role in installing the lead-acid battery energy storage system for times when the sun doesn’t shine. From left, Los Alamos Rotary Club President Thurman Talley, Crosby, South African visitor Thabiso Mokwena and Simisha Pather-Elias, also from South Africa. Photo by TK
Incoming Rotary President Linda Hull and South African visitor Vienie McShane look at jewelry on display at the Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery on Trinity Drive in Los Alamos. McShane is a jewelry designer who has decided to channel her creative energies into educating children in a Waldorf School in Capetown. Photo by TK
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