Firms Plan to Develop 100% Renewable Energy-powered Town

2019/09/19 21:24
Sousuke Kudou, technical writer
A panoramic view of the Suita SST (source: Panasonic)

Fourteen companies including Panasonic Corp announced Sept 17, 2019, that they have made an urban development concept for the "Suita Sustainable Smart Town (SST)" multi-generation residence-type smart town in Suita City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan.

By using "one-time areal power reception," "post-FIT" electricity and non-fossil certificates, they aim to realize "Renewable Energy 100 Town," in which the power consumption of all blocks including residences and commercial facilities is covered only by renewable energy in effect. The Renewable Energy 100 Town is scheduled to be opened in the spring of 2022.

It is the third project of "Sustainable Smart Town," which Panasonic is pushing forward with. On about 2.3ha of area that was formerly used for a manufacturing plant of Panasonic, the companies will build a smart town consisting of (1) 100 condominiums for families, (2) 126 condominiums for senior people, (3) apartment buildings for 73 single people, (4) complex facilities for wellness (66 residences with services for elderly people, group home for elderly people suffering from dementia, facilities for home care, cram school and authorized daycare center), (5) complex commercial facilities and (6) park.

The Renewable Energy 100 Town plans to continue 100% renewable energy ratio in effect for at least five years from the opening of the "town" by (1) procuring post-FIT electricity from subscribers to Panasonic's "Solar Premium" solar electricity purchase service and renewable energy-based power sources of The Kansai Electric Power Co Inc (KEPCO) and (2) using renewable energy-derived non-fossil certificates.

Also, by using the storage batteries of electric vehicles (EVs) and residences as well as gas devices, the companies will give consideration to the resilience of the entire town.

In terms of security, the companies will realize both safety/security and hospitality by actively introducing image recognition and robotics technologies and installing monitoring bases in the town.

In the field of wellness, they will provide education/medical/welfare services to support all generations from children to elderly people and make efforts for early detection, prevention and mitigation of dementia by using behavior sensing technologies.

The 14 companies are Panasonic, Panasonic Homes Co Ltd, Osaka Gas Co Ltd, Gakken Cocofump Corp, Takenaka Corp, Hankyu Oasis Co Ltd, KEPCO, Sekisui Chemical Co Ltd, Sohgo Security Services Co Ltd, Nakagin Integration Inc, Nippon Telegraph And Telephone West Corp, West Japan Railway Company, JR West Real Estate & Development Company and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Ltd.