In today’s dying world, everybody is pushing to go green by using renewable energy sources (i.e. solar, wind, water) and using fuel that isn’t harmful to the environment (i.e. electricity, hydrogen). Now, nine companies have decided to band together to do something even better – by creating a self-sustainable town that is environmental friendly; the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town (Fujisawa SST) project.
Spearheaded by Panasonic and eight other companies (Accenture, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd., Nihon Sekkei, Inc., ORIX Corporation, PanaHome Corporation, Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co., Ltd. and Tokyo Gas., Ltd), will work together to complete the Fujisawa SST.
The Fujisawa SST will be located at a vacant lot of Panasonic’s former factory site. The whole concept will be to ” build an innovative smart town deploying services and energy systems based on Panasonic’s Eco Ideas for green lifestyles. The developers, manufacturers and service providers will work closely together throughout every phase of the project, from the master planning stage to actual operation of the town that will have about 1,000 households.”
The aim of the project is to create an advanced model of a town demonstrating efficient use of energy by promoting widespread use of energy-saving devices, and solutions to integrate measures for energy creation, storage and management. Basically, you can expect a lot of solar power generation systems, and home-use storage battery systems in homes, various facilities and public zones. It will be the first of its kind in the world, though Panasonic hopes to replicate it as a business model in other parts of Japan as well as the rest of the world.
Each company will play a different role in the completion of the project that has a targeted deadline of March 2014. Stay tuned for news about its progress. Hopefully when the project is completed and starts spreading globally, it won’t be too late for mankind by then.