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The march of Asian giants into smart grid continues. On Friday, Hitachi and Panasonic announced a “cooperative relationship in the smart community-related business,” linking Hitachi’s community energy management systems — technology for integrating renewable and distributed power resources into community grids (pdf) — with Panasonic’s strengths in the home energy management field. It’s the latest in a string of moves by Asian tech giants into cross-cutting smart grid efforts. A few examples: a Japanese partnership including Toshiba, Kyocera, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Tokyo Gas Co. is building a smart grid project in New Mexico; South Korean companies including LG Chem, SK Telecom and KT are doing a similar project on the Korean island of Jeju; and Samsung has laid out a green plan that links solar power with energy storage for vehicles and the grid.