Fujisawa Panasonic Sustainable Smart Town, Japan

This project officially called Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town, or Fujisawa SST for short, intends to be a model for an sustainable urban area. Fujisawa is located 37 miles from Tokyo and, at about 400,000 residents. The smart town-within-a-city will be built on the vacant lot of a former Panasonic factory, and will gain its intelligence via infrastructure and services — from IT to energy — from the nine companies. It will support 1,000 households and is set to open in March 2014 and will actually be completed in 2018, the year of Panasonic’s 100th anniversary.

But Panasonic is the biggest star here, using its property donation as cause to show off its portfolio of building, home and cities services. Through these, it wants to demonstrate energy efficiency using measures such as solar power generation and battery storage systems — then replicate success elsewhere in Japan, as well as overseas.

Meanwhile, Accenture will use its prior experience with city and power grid projects handle the creation, design and promotion of services within the town. Panasonic, Accenture and seven other companies that they will partner to develop the smart city in Fujisawa, Japan.

The other companies:

  • Mitsui & Co. will develop infrastructure (city blocks and real estate) and energy management services.
  • Mitsui Fudosan Co. and PanaHome Corp. will handle development projects (e.g. land readjustment), service frameworks and the sale of homes and lots.
  • Nihon Sekkei will plan the deployment of energy devices, propose a landscape design and create maintenance guidelines for the town.
  • ORIX Corp. will focus on mobility sharing (to reduce carbon emissions) and green lifestyle promotion.
  • Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co. will determine environmental real estate values and offer “environmentally-conscious” loans and financing programs, such as for secondary batteries.
  • Tokyo Gas will deploy its ”Ene-Farm” household fuel cell systems.

The reason for the 60 billion (approx. $742 million) project? The threat of Asia’s booming population growth. Panasonic says demand for the development of new cities will occur swiftly and at great scale, believing that rolling out a full-scale smart city is a better business move than biding time with pilot projects or technical demonstrations.

Here’s a list of “green” elements under consideration:

  • A “green axis” of vegetation through the town
  • “Wind paths” that take the wind’s direction into consideration
  • Electric vehicle charging and sharing infrastructure
  • Unobtrusive solar panels
  • Urban planning scenarios that accommodate for all this car sharing and energy storage
  • In the home, smart appliances and energy generation and storage hardware
  • Energy generation and storage infrastructure for public buildings and places
  • Videocamera-based security system throughout the town
  • Health: medical facilities, senior centers and a pedestrian-friendly layout

The companies are measuring success by a targeted 70 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions (compared to 1990 levels, unfortunately), but the real yardstick is whether citizens will bite, despite all the technological wizardry.In this case, the most successful city might be the most boring one; brains beneath beauty.

Yokohama Smart City, Japan

The city of Yokohama, just southwest of Tokyo, is the site of a social and infrastructure experiment to create a smart city for the rest of the world to emulate. The Yokohama Smart City Project is a five-year pilot program with a consortium of seven Japanese companies – Nissan Motor Co., Panasonic Corp., Toshiba Corp., Tokyo Electric Power Co., Tokyo Gas Co., Accenture’s Japan unit and Meidensha Corp.

The Yokohama Smart City Project (YSCP) is an effort to develop a model for smart cities by means of cooperation between citizens, private companies, and the municipality, and to export the successful model to Japan and the rest of the world. Large-scale operational experiments are being held with Yokohama, a large, advanced city with a diverse topographical range of districts, as the stage. The hierarchical bundling of energy management systems (EMS) enables energy management at the level of individual EMS and demand-side management at the level of the overall system.

Smart community management via a CEMS at an existent district with EV and PV integration:

  • Investments: xxx millions Euros over 5 years
  • Objective: Reduction of 64,000 tonnes CO2 emission by 2015
  • Target scale:2,7 MW of PV, 4000 HEMS, 800000m2 BEMS, 2000 EVs
  • Participants:Accenture, Toshiba, Meidenko, Hitachi, Panasonic, TEPCO, Tokyo Gas, and Nissan

Hiachi EV EMS is a Eco Charging Station by developing battery and its control technology in demand-side including EV, EV charger, battery in charging station and solar power system.