Panasonic Corporation has launched a two-year pilot energy project with the government of the Republic of Singapore to collaborate on the development and testing of a comprehensive household energy solution at Punggol Eco-Town.
The households, ten units within a Housing & Development Board (HDB) apartment complex, will participate with the goal to cut energy consumption by up to 75 percent, and through the program learn to better adjust their usage to cut consumption and costs, the company said.
The homes will be retrofitted with a system called the Home Energy Management System (Hems), which will monitor and display the electricity, water and gas-usage patterns of each household, according to Singapore’s AsiaOne News.
The project, which will begin in January next year, is the result of a partnership between Japanese electronics giant Panasonic and Singapore’s Energy Market Authority, Economic Development Board and HDB, AsiaOne News said. The project will begin in January next year.
In this project, Panasonic will implement its “total energy solutions,” an energy system that includes rooftop photovoltaic systems and lithium-ion batteries to create and store energy. Each household will have a smart meter and an in-home display (IHD) so that participants can gauge usage. Demand response will be achieved through Smart Energy Gateway (SEG) which connects the smart meter and home appliances, such as air-conditioners, the company said.
In the event of a power outage, the project plans call for the solar system and batteries will also serve as a backup energy source for lighting in the common areas, elevators and water pumps installed in the building.
The public-private initiative partners Panasonic with three Singaporean agencies, the Economic Development Board (EDB), the Housing & Development Board (HDB) and the Energy Market Authority (EMA), Eco-business.com said.