Panasonic to commence Asia’s first Total Energy Solutions test-bed project for public housing in Singapore [Press Releases]
1 August 2011, Singapore – Panasonic, in partnership with the Housing & Development Board (HDB), Energy Market Authority (EMA) and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), announced the commencement of a first-of-its-kind test-bed of total energy solutions in Singapore. This test-bed project will see Panasonic utilise and integrate its energy creation, storage and saving solutions at an existing public residential building to realise greener lifestyle. The project will commence this year and will run till 2013. The test will be conducted at the Punggol Eco Town, which has been marked as one of the key “living labs” for urban sustainability solutions in Singapore.
Mr. Fumio Ohtsubo, President of Panasonic Corporation commented at the event, “Singapore, with its excellent infrastructure and talent base, is an ideal living-lab to test-bed our energy solutions. I expect this collaboration to be a pioneer endeavour to contribute towards a greener lifestyle in Singapore and the region with our technology”.
Panasonic will install its photovoltaic systems to supply renewable energy to power common facilities such as the lifts, water pump and lighting, aiming to challenge zero emissions target. Panasonic will also introduce its lithium-ion battery to store excess electricity generated by the solar panels for use at night and to serve as a backup electricity generator. It also plans to increase energy efficiency in the households by installing its Home Energy Management System (HEMS) in participating units in the block. This helps the households to monitor their electricity, water and gas consumption patterns via in-home display and better manage their energy consumption.
Panasonic will also explore collaborations with EMA in the Intelligent Energy System (IES) pilot. The IES pilot was announced in November 2009 during the Singapore International Energy Week. Through the use of smart meters and smart grid technology, the pilot seeks to test the feasibility of applications which could enhance the efficiency and resilience of Singapore’s power system; and help consumers to better manage their energy consumption through the use of home energy management systems, time-of-use pricing and incentives to encourage peak loads shaving.
Also present at the announcement event was Mr. Yorihisa Shiokawa, Managing Director, Panasonic Asia Pacific, Mr. Haruyuki Ishio, Director of Corporate Division for Promoting Energy Solution Business, Panasonic Corporation, Mr. Chee Hong Tat, Chief Executive of EMA, Mr Larry Cheng, Deputy Managing Director of HDB Building Research Institute and Mr. Tan Choon Shian, Deputy Managing Director of EDB.
Mr. Chee Hong Tat, Chief Executive of EMA said, “As the industry developer for the energy sector in Singapore, one of EMA’s strategies is to work with industry partners to test-bed innovative energy solutions and develop new business ideas. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with companies like Panasonic, who bring useful economic value and technological expertise that will benefit Singapore’s economy and consumers.”
Mr. Er. Lau Joo Ming, Managing Director of HDB Building Research Institute said, “HDB recognises the importance of sustainable living. Hence, HDB has been actively promoting environmental best practices through our building and development processes, and with the setting up of HDB’s first Punggol Eco-Town. We look forward to more companies like Panasonic to come forward to collaborate with us to create a more sustainable world for all.”
Mr Tan Choon Shian, Deputy Managing Director of EDB added, “We are delighted that Panasonic intends to work with our government agencies and leverage Singapore as a living laboratory to create and demonstrate their total energy solutions. This project attests to the ease of private-public partnerships in Singapore, and will help Panasonic accelerate the commercialisation of its new energy solutions business, before scaling up for global markets.”
Panasonic aims to deliver energy solutions for entire towns including energy solutions for homes, buildings, stores and public facilities through connecting energy creation, energy storage and energy saving with a focus on Home Energy Management System. Panasonic is also involved in the development of the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Project in China and Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town Project in Japan.
 Panasonic HEMS received the European Utility Award 2010 in the Customer Excellence category recognizing its pioneering initiative to spread customer-oriented, user-friendly and fully-featured home energy management solutions to homes in Europe. Panasonic was the first Japanese company to win this recognition.
 Panasonic Corporation and eight other companies that are spearheading advanced environmental initiatives through eco-conscious urban development and smart city projects announced on May 26, 2011 that they would work together to implement a smart town concept called “Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town (Fujisawa SST)” which showcases Panasonic’s “entire solutions” business model in full scale to the world.
Source: Panasonic Asia Pacific