Panasonic to build eco-conscious smart town in Japan by 2014

Panasonic is planning to develop a comprehensive eco-conscious ‘smart town’ in Fujisawa City in Japan by 2014.

The Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town (Fujisawa SST) project is a collaboration between Panasonic and eight other leading companies, each with its own responsibility:

Accenture will use its prior experience with smart city development to carry out the concept, design and promotion of services within the town.

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.: development of infrastructure and city blocks, energy management services.

Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd. in PanaHome Corp.: development projects (i.e.: land readjustment) and the sale of homes and lots.

Nihon Sekkei, Inc.: will create a plan for optimal deployment of new energy devices and corresponding space design and develop maintenance guidelines for the town.

Orix Corporation: will promote low-carbon footprint by mobility sharing and offer services that will increase the value of the town and increase an eco-conscious, comfortable and safe lifestyle.

Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co., Ltd.: will determine environmental real estate values, offer “environmentally-conscious” loans exclusively for Fujisawa SST and financing programs, such as for secondary batteries.

Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.: deployment of its latest “Ene-Farm” household fuel cell systems.

Fujisawa SST will be built on the site of a former Panasonic plant in Fujisawa City, located in Kanagawa Prefecture, not far from Tokyo.

The Smart Town with a land area of approx. 19 hectares aims to open up in March of 2014, with full occupancy by 2018. The project that will cost about 60 billion Yen ($750 million or 514 million Euro) will include 1000 residential, commercial and public facilities, designed for about 3000 inhabitants.

With Fujisawa SST that aims to achieve a natural environment in harmony with the people’s lifestyles, they are considering:

  • Creation of a “green axis” by establishing parks and vegetation along the roads and form “wind paths” that take into consideration the wind direction in the city.
  • Solar panels designed in a way to blend with the town’s lush green landscape.
  • Generation of energy using a combination of wind, light, heat and water (Panasonic is currently testing this system in Okegawa City, Saitama Prefecture).
  • Developing basic specifications for homes with ample space for installing storage battery equipment and other energy systems.
  • Establishing electric vehicle charging stations.
  • Parking areas for every ten to twenty homes for the purpose of vehicle sharing.
  • Building of medical facilities, senior centers and a pedestrian-friendly urban layout.

Panasonic hopes to promote the Fujisawa SST as a model project for development of other similar urban communities elsewhere in Japan and around the world.

Watch this video report by Panasonic about Fujisawa SST: