Simon Property Group Unveils ‘Plug-in Ecosystem’ at Clay Terrace, a First-Of-Its-Kind Energy Storage and Vehicle Charging

  Simon Property Group Unveils ‘Plug-in Ecosystem’ at Clay Terrace, a
  First-Of-Its-Kind Energy Storage and Vehicle Charging System

  Combination of traditional, fast charge charging stations, solar array and
  battery storage system provided through global collaboration led by Energy
                               Systems Network

Business Wire

CARMEL, Ind. -- January 30, 2013

Shoppers at Clay Terrace in Carmel, Ind. not only can choose from an exciting
array of stores and restaurants, but now they also have the opportunity to
minimize their carbon footprint. Simon Property Group, Toshiba Corporation,
Duke Energy, ITOCHU Corporation, Tom Wood Automotive Group and Indiana’s
‘clean tech’ initiative Energy Systems Network (ESN) have teamed up to develop
one of the most advanced charging stations in the world for plug-in cars,
debuting today.

Clay Terrace’s new vehicle charging station is integrated with solar panels
and a battery storage system, creating a ‘plug-in ecosystem’ which uses
renewable energy and a battery system to store surplus power for evenings and
cloudy days.

Central Indiana was chosen as the first site for the cutting-edge charging
station based on the partners’ mutual engagement with ESN and its Project
Plug-IN campaign. Project Plug-IN, a plug-in electric vehicle and charging
infrastructure deployment initiative launched in 2009, has been nationally
recognized for positioning the Indianapolis region as one of the most electric
vehicle-friendly sites in the country.

“Indiana is becoming known as an ideal location for companies and research
institutions to collaborate, develop and test new clean technologies,” said
Paul Mitchell, ESN’s President & CEO. “It’s exciting that Hoosiers have the
opportunity to get the first look at these innovative systems, but even more
significant to Indiana’s economy is the fact that the clean tech sector
recognizes our state as a place where innovation is embraced and validated.”

The ‘plug-in ecosystem’ contains both traditional and ‘quick charge’ charging
stations that are connected to a 10-kilowatt roof-mounted solar panel. The
solar energy can be stored in the Toshiba 75-kilowatt lithium ion battery,
located next to the charging system.

According to Ryuji Maruyama, General Manager of Toshiba’s Smart Community
Division, “Toshiba developed its end of the ‘Plug-in Ecosystem’ for North
America by combining existing micro-EMS (energy management system)
optimization control capabilities with our latest rechargeable battery
technology. This system ensures the efficient management of load within the EV
charging system.”

This system is unique as a ‘real-world’ demonstration of smart charging
technologies rather than a test site. Its direct connection to the Duke Energy
electrical grid, and its unique public location at a shopping mall allows
customers to experience and learn about the technology firsthand. For Duke
Energy, the installation provides a valuable model for how renewable energy
can be aligned with advanced storage technologies to provide a practical power

“Innovations in grid energy storage can have a tremendous impact on the
effectiveness of renewable energy usage,” said Zachary Kuznar, Senior Project
Manager, Emerging Technology Office at Duke Energy. “Because renewable energy
sources like solar and wind are intermittent and less reliable, incorporating
energy storage can make them much more stable. This system at Clay Terrace
allows us to even out the variable solar output, shift energy from off-peak to
peak energy usage times and ‘buffer’ the grid from electric vehicle charging,
which can use a substantial amount of energy, particularly with DC quick

“Simon Property Group already has a history of innovation in the real estate
industry,” said George Caraghiaur, Senior Vice President of Sustainability at
Simon Property Group. “The majority of our shopping malls across the state are
now equipped with electric vehicle charging stations, and we’re seeking to
upgrade this infrastructure just like we work to enhance every aspect of our
customers’ shopping experience. We’re proud to play a role in perfecting this
new technology and offering it to our customers.”

Customers may begin charging their plug-in vehicles today at the Clay Terrace
system, which is located at the north end of the parking lot just north of
Dick’s Sporting Goods. Currently the charging system is available to customers
at no cost.

For more information, please visit the companies’ websites:

Energy Systems Network:

Simon Property Group: or Les Morris at

Toshiba Corporation:

ITOCHU Corporation:

Duke Energy:

Tom Wood Automotive Group:



Central Indiana Corporate Partnership/Energy Systems Network
Chris Watts, 317-514-3184
Energy Systems Network
Melissa Roberts, 317-532-4808
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