Panasonic is extending its smart cities portfolio with the launch of Future Living Berlin, an EU Lighthouse project which aims to help decarbonise society.
Berlin is the location for a new CO2-saving smart city project by Panasonic, which aims to help decarbonise society.
Future Living Berlin, which is initially focusing on residential apartments, will be a showcase for connected and sustainable green living and is one of the EU Lighthouse projects.
The development of 90 households combines heat pumps with other efficient, green Panasonic technologies, such as photovoltaic (PV) panels, that have been integrated into an energy-saving solution, controlled and constantly optimised by an intelligent energy management solution.
The latter was developed by Panasonic’s energy experts and software engineers in its European research and development centre.
“The solution is a world-first, developed as a joint-venture with leading research institutions for decentralised energy management,” explained Ralf Becker, project leader energy group at the Panasonic R&D Centre. “In simulations together with university test labs we achieved an improvement of used energy by up to 15 per cent.”
Panasonic is partnering in the smart city project with GSW Sigmaringen, the building owner of Future Living Berlin.
The core energy component of the Future Living Berlin green and sustainable goal is Panasonic’s air-to-water heat pump product, Aquarea. Panasonic claims the pumps run almost carbon-free when powered by the renewable energy provided by the 600 Panasonic HIT panels, which supply a capacity of 195kWp.
It also claims that patented silicone technology means the photovoltaic system is 10 per cent more efficient than conventional modules and that Panasonic’s HIT technology achieves a significantly better performance in hot environments.
Utilising renewable energy, the air-to-water system is used for space heating and warm water generation but can also be used for cooling. For increased performance, the heat pumps include a cloud-based connectivity feature for installers called Aquarea Service Cloud. It saves further CO2 emissions as maintenance visits can be organised more efficiently and partly conducted remotely.
These energy solutions are brought together under an Aquarea Smart Cloud, which allows end-users to monitor their power usage and manage temperature settings accordingly.
“Future Living Berlin is a future Way of Living, of how we may live tomorrow with a focus on social, digital and connected, and green and sustainable living”
To achieve further sustainable and green objectives, residents are part of a wider ecological environment which offers green car-sharing, shared washing machines and other energy-saving solutions.
These features align with a smart and connected approach inside with, for instance, Panasonic televisions and smart speakers being part of an overall Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure that includes an apartment manager as the central hub. Digital solutions also extend to include wider security, safety, and smart building solutions.
“Future Living Berlin is a future Way of Living, of how we may live tomorrow with a focus on social, digital and connected, and green and sustainable living,” said Junichi Suzuki, chairman and CEO of Panasonic Europe.
He added: “We bring to the project over 60 years of heating and cooling expertise alongside decades in PV and battery solutions, and a passion for innovations that will shape the future for generations to come.”
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