Panasonic Builds ‘Sustainable Smart Town’ in Japan

Panasonic has partnered with Nomura Real Estate Development and the Tsunashima Sustainable Smart Town (SST) Council to build a “smart city” pilot community in Yokohama, Japan. The project partners unveiled the town development concept this week, including environmental targets, landscape guidelines and opportunities for cross-industry and public-private collaboration.

It’s the third sustainability project to use Panasonic’s smart city solutions.

The Tsunashima SST project, which is comprised of both commercial and residential buildings, will be built on a former Panasonic manufacturing site. The Tsunashima SST Council development plan includes environmental targets such as a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions over 2006 levels, a 30% reduction in water usage over 2005 levels, and 30% of energy coming from new and renewable energy sources such as solar, hydrogen fuel and thermal energy, according to the Council. It will include a gas cogeneration system in the town center that will provider electricity to facilities and a hydrogen refueling station for fuel-cell vehicles, operated by JX Nippon Oil & Energy.

“This urban energy center is located in the center of the city to provide the entire town with low carbon energy, with disaster-resistant energy systems,” the Council said. “The center utilizes a high-efficiency gas cogeneration system using clean city gas as its fuel.”

The community organizers will also offer six “smart services” for residents, ranging from wellness and health, mobility, security and energy consumption.

Keio University will build student dormitories at the site to help facilitate research in the community, and Apple will open a research facility in the Tsunashima SST site later this year. There will also be an “environment-friendly next-generation shopping center” that uses solar power, and residential condominiums that “combine energy creation and storing features” such as solar panels and storage batteries to allow for efficient use of renewable energy, it said.

Read more about the project here.

Feature image courtesy Tsunashima SST Council.

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