Vol.027 Panasonic Working in earnest to create comfortable, eco-friendly towns where local products are consumed locally: Introducing the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town Project
Panasonic is exhibiting the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town Project that it is using to promote the construction of an eco-conscious town in Kanagawa Prefecture's Fujisawa City. In this project, Fujisawa City will work with each of its partner companies to use energy creation, conservation, and storage technologies to transform the entire city into a smart town. In addition to approximately 600 houses and 300 apartments, plans also call for the construction of businesses and public facilities. The town opening is planned for fiscal 2013.
Building a smart town on the site of Panasonic's Fujisawa factory.
Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town Project is a smart town project that Panasonic is planning for its Fujisawa factory site. In addition to Fujisawa City, major design offices and developers, housing makers, energy businesses, and consulting companies are participating in this project, working to develop a district of 1,000 next-generation homes. They aim to create a safe, sustainable town that produces goods locally for local consumption.
Panasonic is implementing solutions for the entire house, entire building, and entire town, creating advanced models for energy use.
For example, homes will feature energy "farms" of energy creation systems such as solar power generation and home fuel cells, etc., and equipped with energy storage equipment such as storage batteries and heat pump water heaters, as well as energy conservation devices such as energy-conserving ventilation, lighting, and appliances. Energy management technology will be used freely to promote the autonomous, cooperative use of energy. Furthermore, the entire town will be fitted with an information network, creating a community that is connected from its outset. The use of network coordination to introduce smart home appliances may also be considered, all intended to balance a high level of comfort with ecologically sound performance.
Promoting five service models
The Panasonic booth introduces the concept and future of the project. The project aims to implement the following five service models.
Implement an ideal mix of energy creation, conservation and storage services, and provide a service that offers maintenance and updates in response to changes in future household structures and power selling systems for solar power. Panasonic will work to make the ecology of the town as a whole visible, and to develop ecology diagnosis services.
Health care services
Use physical measurement data to support everything from daily health management to beauty. Supply equipment and facilities that enable the elderly to live in comfort. Panasonic will also consider offering services in cooperation with administrative bodies and medical institutions.
Implement security services for the entire town through optimized control of lighting, sensors, and surveillance cameras, taking the flow of people and vehicles into account.
Equip public facilities with electricity charging stands to accelerate the uptake of eco-cars and electric vehicles. Panasonic also plans to offer sharing services for these vehicles.
Provide one-stop portal services for the public. In addition to using push-based information distribution to deploy shopping services and updates on limited-offer sales, Panasonic will also make energy use visible.
The Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town Project is planned to open in fiscal 2013. Panasonic is working to gain a presence in homes throughout the world by 2018, the centenary of its founding.
In the future, the company plans to expand these operations into the surrounding areas, and develop town creation models for earthquake disaster reconstruction. Furthermore, Panasonic plans to cooperate with areas such as the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city and the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), offering information to the world as a model project for environmentally aware town creation. The company would like to support the spread of the Smart Town Project on a global scale.
Booth number 1A06