Power of Story
Send a Tweet        
- Advertisement -
General News

Our Energy Future, Japanese Style

By       Message Russ Baker     Permalink
      (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

News 1   Inspiring 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H3 6/5/11

- Advertisement -

Recently, we wrote about Japan's Prime Minister declaring his intent to move aggressively toward alternative energies. That story has not gotten proper attention in the West. (Though Germany's surprise announced intention to move away from nuclear has.

If there's any doubt that the Japanese can learn lessons from disaster (or, more correctly, have already been moving in a creative direction), this is it:

By 2014, Japan may be home to the most advanced eco town in the world. A group of 9 companies announced that they will partner in the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town, a breakthrough development of 1000 homes built to be more energy independent than any other modern town. The project will be built on the site of an old Panasonic manufacturing plant, and with the intense attention given to Japan's energy future after the Fukushima disaster the eco town couldn't come at a more apropos time.

Located 50km west of Tokyo in the coastal city of Fugisawa, the development will incorporate 1,000 homes into a deeply integrated smart energy and smart grid system using Panasonic's "entire solutions" technology portfolio which aims to reduce energy, produce solar electricity and use battery storage at each home. Individually the technologies are well established but this may be the first smart grid development designed from the ground up by integrating the elements together. The town is aiming to reduce CO2 by 70% from the 1990 baseline.

- Advertisement -

The entire town will act as a single energy system. Communication systems linked to each household and each home's appliances will manage the energy needs to balance what is coming in with what the occupants require, drawing on the battery systems to help with load management.

Electrical transportation will be integrated as well as green spaces and other shared community resources -- all radiating from a central square which will display the town's real time energy status. The town's design will allow it to run off the main grid during disasters, providing extra layers of security to the infrastructure. The development is aimed to be replicable throughout the world, using integrated energy technologies at large scales.


How smart is this town? [source]

- Advertisement -
Aimed to be replicable throughout the world. Let's keep an eye on this one.
- Advertisement -

 

- Advertisement -

News 1   Inspiring 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

Author, investigative journalist, editor-in-chief at WhoWhatWhy.com

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon



Go To Commenting
/* The Petition Site */
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

The Real Reason For The Afghan War?

The Military and Those Strange Threats to Obama

CloseReading: Are Joe Biden's "Gaffes" Accidental? Or Brilliant?

Tea Party Types say: Next Overboard, Lifeguards!

NY Times' Umbrella Man Exposed

JFK Umbrella Man -- More Doubts