Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town (SST): the time is now

“Our project is to create a city with CO2 emissions of virtually zero.”

This is the statement that led to Panasonic Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town (SST), a whole city which is about 50 Km west of Tokyo that produces, preserves and manages energy in a totally self-sufficient and environmentally friendly way.

Fujisawa SST inaugurated on November 27, 2014, and it is a city run by a consortium led by Panasonic Corporation for the development of the city of Fujisawa on the outskirts of Tokyo.

The development of the city and its community is going through a second phase in which the city is fed to grow in a sustainable and ecological setting as a priority for the lifestyle of residents. In the suburbs of Tokyo this smart project features an entire urban core built according to the criteria of sustainability to 360 degrees. The project was developed by the Japanese company in years of research and collaboration of Panasonic and other firms. Of course the goal is that the fledgling city expands and eventually they export the model.

The project

Fujisawa Smart Town is a city made up of houses that creates “zero in energy consumption”; in practice it is a thousand houses entirely powered by solar panels, super insulated, optimized, automated and totally sustainable. Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town does not use a single drop of oil, it is not dirty, does not smell, it does not pollute.

  • Fujisawa is spread over an area of 19 acres, with more than 600 houses and 400 apartments that would be considered “Net Zero Energy“, obtaining the entire energy needs from solar panels on the roof of each house and taking advantage of the opportunity to store the surplus in domestic special accumulators; in addition to these 1000 houses that will hold about 3/4000 inhabitants, there will be several public buildings, which will be unique in terms of eco-compatibility.

Fujisawa SST Management Company is the  firm in charge for the management of the town which, along with some business partners, provides five essential services: energy, security, mobility, health and community. It will also be able to collect and manage information about the environment, energy, health and safety in support of the sustainable development fir this 100% ecological city.

  • It is a super smart and super safe city: the “City in Virtual Fence” is the nickname which describes the level of security that is guaranteed by a network of cameras and sensors that will protect the citizens 24/7.
  • Lights and active sensors are up during the blackout:  zero crime, zero risk, zero waste.

The heart of the project is the Fujisawa SST Square, the landmark of the city for communication between people who gather in this place to promote the growth of the city through good management and the acceptance of the guests thus promoting the development of community.

  • From the central square it will be disseminated all the useful information to citizens on energy saving, mobility, security, health and sociability.

And of course we love it: a city completely car-free except for some electric vehicles in sharing, and then green areas, centres for the welfare and recreation, cameras everywhere to ensure safety, a control centre for efficiency services and data development.

  • The city will be able to “do not consume energy outside“. Certainly the presence behind the investment of a large corporate like Panasonic brings up the initiative not only as a great experiment but also as a giant “showroom” real products and technologies proposed by the firm. But indeed it is a step forward for us all.

The advantages of a smart city

Panasonic is the promoter and leader of the project, together with its company PanaHome, the city of Fujisawa and 17 other partners including Accenture.

  • If the environmental goals will be met, the Smart Town Fujisawa once completed, will consist primarily of zero energy buildings, coming to reduce overall emissions by over 70% compared to 1990 levels of CO2 emitted by buildings of similar size, a reduction of water consumption of 30% and a net increase in the production of renewable energy by over 30%.
  • Completely car free, the Japanese smart city is composed exclusively of single-family homes with solar panels, energy storage systems, home automation to control consumption and intelligent energy management, lighting the LED and Packaging building highly insulated and high performance.
  • A few months ago they moved the first residents of Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town officially moving from the construction phase to the operational phase during which the city will begin to expand like any other city, but through attention to the environment and investing as a high priority on lifestyle of the inhabitants.

With the aim of becoming a showcase of eco-efficient technologies, the beating heart of the smart city Fujisawa is identified with a real central square, divided into five structures that will have the task of spreading to the citizens and visitors all the information relating to essential services of the smart city: energy, mobility, safety, health and sociability.

In Fujisawa Square advances also the control centre of the entire community responsible for maintaining consumption under control and ensure the functionality of all the services, where converge all data development and any issues, to get to develop a model of the city intelligent perfectly exportable.

Like any city, Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town already has plans to expand into neighbouring areas, increasing the number of residences and especially opening up to any kind of new green technology solution that companies partner and not propose to develop within the city .

MOBILITY  – Among the many interesting aspects of the city, the idea of banning all access to traditional vehicles is perhaps one of the most interesting. Residents and visitors will be able to rely on a fleet of electric vehicles among the most innovative and on a network of distributors to solar energy for charging scooters, cars and electric bicycles, provided by the city itself.

LIFESTYLE – The goal of the city of course to improve the quality of life of residents, including through numerous green areas varied depending on the end user’s (childrens’ playground, a botanical garden, a small forest, etc.). Many social structures will promote integration of the community centres for the welfare and recreation. The wi-fi city’s total coverage allows the residents  to dialogue with the local authority, stressing out problems to solve or simply by monitoring the number of data in real time on energy, air quality, energy services, etc.

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