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Only a few more days left to go in 2010, but the Cyber Showcase Blog is heating up and getting ready for the next exhibition. mino-san, CES is just around the corner. I am looking forward to reading your real-time entries from Las Vegas, U.S., from the beginning of the year!
Video reports for Eco-Products 2010 are now available. You can see that the Panasonic is using the group's collective efforts to propose energy solutions for entire towns.
The Panasonic booth at Eco-Products 2010 presented with numerous experiential exhibits various ideas that reduce CO2 in entire towns and eco activities Panasonic implements under 2 categories, 'eco ideas' for Lifestyles and 'eco ideas' for Business-styles. Please take a look at the 'eco ideas' Panasonic, who aims to become the "No.1 Green Innovation Company in the Electronics Industry," introduced at Eco-Products 2010.
Panasonic, who aims to become the "No.1 Green Innovation Company in the Electronics Industry," is making efforts to realize this vision by proposing various 'eco ideas' that help reduce CO2 emissions of entire towns. In particular, Panasonic proposes "Energy Solutions for Entire Towns." Panasonic offers energy solutions for homes, stores, buildings/offices, factories and more. Please first take a look at energy solutions for the "home."
"Energy Solutions for Entire Towns" the Panasonic Group proposes with its concerted efforts. Panasonic has pushed the "lifestyle with virtually zero CO2 emissions throughout the entire home" it has developed thus far to a new level, and now proposes 'eco ideas' that reduce CO2 emissions in entire towns. Vol.3 introduced energy solutions for the "home," and now, please take look at the energy solutions that has expanded to the "store," "building/office," and "factory."
Panasonic proposed a wide range of "Energy Solutions for Entire Towns" at Eco-Products 2010. Lastly, let us introduce 'eco ideas' for public areas that will help bring about a low carbon society. Please take a look at the next generation 'eco ideas' exhibited at the Panasonic booth such as the "Solalib," which stores energy created by photovoltaic modules and uses the energy to charge electric vehicles.
As many of you may know, 2010 is the "International Year of Biodiversity." In Nagoya, the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP), which is the governing body of the Convention on Biological Diversity that helps implement this convention, was held. Panasonic, too, is undertaking various activities to help protect biodiversity.
"Recycling-oriented manufacturing" evident from the processing of dismantling refrigerators
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In the "recycling-oriented manufacturing" corner in the "'eco ideas' for Business Style" zone, there is an exhibit that would be very interesting for those of you who like to visit factories or like to watch how things are made. You can see here how Panasonic reduces the use of resource in its manufacturing processes, recovers recyclable resources from end-of-life products, and develops ways to reuse resources recovered.
"Green Plan 2018" the Panasonic Group is implementing to realize its 100th anniversary vision
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Panasonic will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2018. As it heads towards that landmark year, Panasonic aims to become the "No.1 Green Innovation Company in the Electronics Industry." In the "Green Plan 2018" it announced in October this year, Panasonic pledged that it will continue to innovate while placing the "environment" at the heart of all its business activities. The GP (Green Plan) 2018 stage presentation communicates how Panasonic will make use of its eco technologies and how it aims to contribute to the global society in a way that is easy to understand even for children.
The Solalib you find in the middle of the Panasonic Group booth is one-half the size of those found in Kasai Green Energy Park. The Solalib has a clean design and exudes innovation. I can understand why it has become a symbolic presence of the factory.
Like the Solalib, the solar bicycle parking lot is being tested at the Kasai Green Energy Park. Perhaps we will see such "Solar Charging Stations," where we can charge EVs and Electric Assisted Bicycles, all around town in the near future.
An epic testing site for realizing a low carbon society – Kasai Green Energy Park
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In the "Entire Factory Zone," a presentation incorporating demonstrations introduces the wide range of activities undertaken at Sanyo Electric's Kasai Green Energy Park, which was built in the city of Kasai in Hyogo prefecture this October.
You will find about 1 MW (mega watt) of photovoltaic modules on the rooftop and walls of the buildings. These modules "create" 1MW of energy, which is equivalent to the energy consumed by 330 households. In particular, there are HIT(R) Double Facade photovoltaic modules on the external walls. Sanyo developed a unique construction method to install these bifacial photovoltaic modules that can even absorb reflected light as part of the external walls to enhance energy generation.
|A diorama of the Kasai Green Energy Park. The blue parts you see on the roof and walls are the photovoltaic modules. You can also see a model of the Solalib on the lower left.|
These systems that "create," "store," and "save" energy are optimally controlled by the Smart Energy System (SES). The system monitors in real time the amount of energy created, stored, and used to control each device so that the energy may be used efficiently without waste. The Kasai Green Energy Park is also home to various test demonstrations, so it really does seem like a one-of-a-kind undertaking. I can't tell you everything about this park in my entries, so please also visit the website!
A video report, which gives you an overview of the Panasonic booth is now available. The camera travels from one corner to another to introduce the various ideas on exhibit. After having watched it, I felt as though I had taken a walk around the booth. Today is the last day of Eco-Products 2010. If you saw something in the video report that you were intrigued by, hurry and make your way over to the Panasonic Group booth!
WeLBA security system supports building facilities with its high energy saving performance
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What consumes the most electricity in buildings and offices is air conditioning, second is lighting. These make up 80% of the total energy consumption. So operating and management systems for building facilities such as EMIT building controller, WeLBA, may be particularly effective for medium sized office buildings.
WeLBA can monitor and control numerous facilities such as lighting, air conditioning, power, and meters, and you can do this centrally from your PC. For example, if air conditioning or lighting was left on in an office with no one in it, you can just turn these facilities off from the PC. You can also change the temperature settings of the air conditioning to practice Cool Biz and Warm Biz. The benefit is that you can control the facilities from a normal computer. You don't need special gauging monitors or a central monitoring room or specialized staff, so the system is easy to implement.
According to the staff, there are many building owners who not only want high security, but also energy saving performance from building facility maintenance systems after the Lehman shock. As a writer, I often write up interviews of small and medium-sized company's business managers, but there seems to be many companies who are moving to low cost buildings with high spec facilities. Perhaps this is because there are more office buildings with empty rooms nowadays, but I believe that in such times, WeLBA, which offers one-stop support for operating and managing building facilities, will play an increasingly important role.
HD Visual Communications System even communicates fine changes in facial expression and low volume sound
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Panasonic's HD Visual Communications System made a clear departure from traditional TV conferencing systems with high-resolution imagery and high quality audio. I have introduced in the past Eco-Products entry how this beautiful video and audio quality is amazingly realized via the Internet. In the "Entire Building/Office Zone," a demonstration inviting children to take part in a conference is taking place. It is fun watching the demonstration and the children's reactions.
|The MC is showing the children a real circuit board. As you can see on the plasma TV screen, a clear, close up image of this small circuit board can be sent and shared.|
It is difficult to communicate with only photographs, but the smooth and consistent, high audio quality is another feature of the HD Visual Communications System. Maybe it was because the communication was so natural, but the little boy who played the role of the "president" said in a low voice at the end that he had "a lot of fun." The small microphone (which was placed in the center of the desk) picked up his voice even though he almost said it under his breath, and the eco factory manager heard it clearly. This was also impressive. If you could have such a real TV conference, you can truly reduce the number of business trips and thereby reduce CO2 emissions and costs.
In the "Entire Store Zone," an ecological store has been recreated. What is playing a key role here is Sanyo Electric's refrigerated showcase.
|Another benefit the showcase offers is that you can restock the showcase from the walk-in refrigerator without hauling products. The shelves are also slightly angled to make it easier to restock.|
According to the staff in the booth, an ordinary super market spends 60% of its electricity bill on refrigeration facilities and air conditioning. When I go to the fresh foods section of a super market I sometimes shudder from the cold even in the summer, so making efforts to trap the cold air within the showcase as much as possible contributes to eco conservation.
ECONAVI is key to the energy saving solutions found in the "Entire Home Zone." Perhaps many people in Japan may have heard of the term, "ECONAVI," in the TV commercials featuring famous Japanese celebrities. Home electronics equipped with ECONAVI use Panasonic's unique sensor technologies to self-detect wasteful energy use and realize energy efficient operation. ECONAVI has been applied to a wide range of home electronics. Now, there are 15 categories of products available including not only white goods, but also TV, Blu-ray Disc(TM) recorders, mobile phones, etc.
|In the "Entire Home Zone," "ECONAVI Sensor Workshops" are held 4 times an hour. As I introduced in yesterday's entry, an MC dressed as a mother is conducting the demonstration on various sensor technologies, while also offering children opportunities to experience them. The children are very earnestly taking notes as they take part.|
|When the children touch the device used to explain the principle behind the sensors that detect "people and objects," the line, which was straight before, changes into a wave. You can see how it is detecting people's movement.|
After the workshop you could see the words, "ECONAVI," "sensors that detect people and objects," and "heat sensor" written on the children's notebooks. Perhaps they already come in contact with sensor technologies in their daily lives, but they understood the principle very quickly and they were very good at jotting down the essentials.
I have introduced Panasonic’s ideas to reduce CO2 emissions in the “entire home” in my entries for Eco-Products 2008 and 2009. But these ideas have evolved extending the area the energy solutions cover to “entire towns.” What forms the foundations of the solutions are ideas that “create energy” needed, “store energy” created, “save energy” as much as possible, and ideas for “energy management,” which connects various equipment together and controls them intelligently. The ideas for the “entire home” that Panasonic proposed in the past have now been amplified and applied to “entire towns.”
“Panasonic,” who offers a wide range of products we use day to day, and “Panasonic Electric Works,” who offers robust housing equipment and energy management solutions, and “Sanyo Electric,” who has great competence in photovoltaic modules, storage batteries, and commercial equipment – because the Panasonic Group has the ability to offer products and solutions drawing from the competence of the entire group, it can propose ideas for reducing CO2 and energy solutions not only for homes, but also for “entire towns.”
On the concept stage, the staff in charge of the “home,” “building/office,” “store,” “public area,” and the “factory” appear on the screen placed vertically on the right side of the stage to introduce the concept, “Energy Solutions for Entire Towns,” in a very easy to understand way by carrying out a dialogue with the MC. The stage presentation is short, so not all of the products and services exhibited in the booth are introduced, but it successfully conveys that Panasonic is seriously committed to proposing “Energy Solutions for Entire Towns” through its eco activities.
Photo digest – Panasonic took on a great challenge; lighting up the Tokyo Sky Tree(R) with LED lamps!
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You will see an image of the Tokyo Sky Tree(R), which is still under construction, on the gigantic plasma display located at the entrance of the main street. Panasonic Electric Works Co., Ltd. is attempting to light up the Tokyo Sky Tree(R) with only “EVERLEDS,” Panasonic’s LED lamps. I took a picture of the Tokyo Sky Tree(R) lit up in “Miyabi,” a shade of edo purple said to be difficult to reproduce. The Tokyo Sky Tree(R) can also be lit up in “Iki,” a shade of a cool, aqua blue.
What is being introduced using an entire exterior portion of the booth are ‘eco ideas’ for Business-styles. The exhibits you will find here, starting with the section you can see closest in the photograph are “Green Plan 2018,” “Recycling-oriented manufacturing,” “Corporate citizenship activities,” and “Biodiversity.” There is a lot to cover in each of these sections, so I would like to introduce them in detail in my entries to follow.
Photo digest – “Solalib,” the solar tree, which stands tall in the Public Area Zone
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On the cross road of the main street you will find the “Solalib.” It is half the size of the ones you find at the Kasai Green Energy Park, but it is still very impressive. In the Public Area Zone, you will also find a solar bicycle parking lot and a LED lamp energy saving experiential corner. Perhaps it is because the “Solalib” is located on the junction, but it seems as though there is a constant flow of people here and it always seems very crowded.
This corner introduces eco measures for “entire factories.” You will find a very elaborate diorama of a green factory Panasonic Group proposes and exhibits introducing ways to make energy use within the factory “visible,” thereby making it possible to save energy in areas that were overlooked in the past. The large illustration in the center is a before-after image demonstrating how much change ‘eco ideas’ can bring about. What the children are intently looking at is a smaller copy of the illustration. They are concentrating very hard on this game of finding what improvements have been made by comparing the illustration on the left (before) to the one on the right (after).
Photo digest – “Entire Factory Zone” where you can see what the latest eco factory is like
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In the “Entire Factory Zone,” you will find a miniature model of Sanyo Electric’s most advanced eco factory, the Kasai Green Energy Park, and various green efforts are being introduced here. A demonstration is conducted by staff wearing factory uniforms thrice every 2 hours.
This is the “Entire Building/Office Zone.” You will find the WeLBA security system, which manages the energy savings of entire buildings and base lights using the cylinder-shaped LED lamps that save energy but are as bright as fluorescent lamps on exhibit here. A presentation demonstrating the remote conferencing system using the HD Visual Communications System has just begun. Can you see that the presenter on stage is waving to the staff you see on the screen? I will talk more about this experiential stage presentation and the WeLBA security system in detail in tomorrow’s entries.
Photo digest – Total eco cycle system, which takes advantage of Electric Assisted Bicycles
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On the exterior wall of the “Entire Home Zone” you will find a rental solution using Electric Assisted Bicycles. I have introduced Panasonic’s Electric Assisted Bicycles at every Eco-Products, but what is unique about this year’s exhibit is the check out post for renting out bicycles. If a customer wants to rent a bicycle, they only have to operate the screen on the post and go through the following processes – register, rent, pay, and return. In comparison to cars, bicycles are of course more ecological, but with the Electric Assisted Bicycles, you can get about easily even in areas with many hills; they are also great for people who do not have the physical confidence. Such a proposal has the potential to not only change stores, but also the entire region.
Photo digest – Panasonic Group’s ‘eco ideas’ for the entire store
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In the “Entire Store Zone” you will find a showcase much like the one you would find in a Japanese convenience store that many children here love. This is an introduction of the eco experiment, which started in October this year in the city of Okegawa in Saitama prefecture. The “entire” store - from store systems to fixtures - was created with ideas from the Panasonic Group, including Sanyo Electric. An eco quiz rally is also taking place here. If you answer all the questions to the quiz right, the eco store manager gives you a stamp. Many children were already excitedly taking part in the quiz.
Photo digest – Panasonic contributes to the dawning of the EV (Electric Vehicle) era
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This corner showcases EV (Electric Vehicles) we often hear about nowadays. What is interesting about electric vehicles is that they can be connected to homes via the Home Energy Management System (HEMS) to become a “mobile environment” that goes beyond traditional thinking. Not only will you be able to charge your car with the energy created at home, you can share “information,” so you will be able to very easily take the video content you have in the living room with you in your car. The ‘eco ideas’ House introduced in the CEATEC JAPAN 2010 video report demonstrated how EV, which hardly emits any CO2, can be charged in the home, and increasingly, I feel as though the boundaries between homes and automobiles are getting less and less clear cut.
Photo digest – creating energy, storing energy, and energy management
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Energy solutions for homes are on showcase next to the home appliances equipped with ‘ECONAVI’ that saves energy. The HIT(R) photovoltaic module and the household fuel cell cogeneration system create energy. The energy created is stored in the household lithium-ion battery module. Finally, the Home Energy Management System (HEMS) efficiently connects home appliances equipped with ‘ECONAVI’ I introduced earlier to obtain an even greater energy saving effect.
Photo digest –15 categories of home appliances are embedded with ‘ECONAVI’!
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Let me introduce the various areas of the Panasonic Group booth with a series of photographs. First, let us start in the “Energy Solutions for the Entire Home” zone, which is located on the left hand side of the main street. There are already many visitors here in the booth, so it may be difficult to tell, but there are 15 categories of home appliances on exhibit that are equipped with ‘ECONAVI .’
Photo digest – Interesting staff uniforms in the various corners!
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What is different about this year’s Panasonic Group booth? One of the differences is the staff uniforms for each corner. To propose “Energy Solutions for Entire Towns,” the booth has been designed to resemble a town, and there are staff in each zone of the booth – “Entire Home,” “Entire Store,” “Entire Building/Office,” “Entire Factory,” “Entire Public Area” – dressed as residents of the town. Let me introduce the fun costumes one by one. From the left, a staff working in the “factory,” a “store,” a mother at “home,” a business woman working in the “office” and a jogger who enjoys her jogs in the “public area.” It adds lighthearted fun to the whole booth, don’t you think?
At 10:00a.m. on December 9th Eco-Products 2010 has begun. The skies in Tokyo are clear. The sun’s rays are almost too bright.
The Panasonic Group booth this year is located in the East Hall 4 of the Tokyo Big Sight. When you come in through the entrance of the hall, you will see the blue Panasonic sign on your right. It is quite a big booth, so I am sure you will find it without any difficulties. The entire booth has been designed to resemble a town. When you walk down the main street you will find a home, store, office and a factory on both sides of the street, and the large solar tree, “Solalib,” in the center welcomes you to the booth.
|This is the overall image of the booth seen from the concept stage. The main street is located between the concept stage and the Tokyo Sky Tree(R) and it stretches back into the booth.|
Eve of the exhibition – Panasonic Group’s booth has great presence
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I am here at the venue where Eco-Products 2010 will kick off tomorrow. This year, Panasonic created a Panasonic Group booth jointly with Panasonic Electric Works and Sanyo Electric. It is quite an expansive booth (450m2). The Panasonic booth at last year’s Eco-Products was 270m2, so as you can see, this year’s booth is much bigger. Although preparations were still underway, I took a look around the booth. It felt really big in comparison to the other booths nearby. And it is packed full of interesting exhibits, so I am looking forward to taking a closer look at the environmental technologies and ‘eco ideas’ Panasonic will showcase.
According to the press release from today, this year’s theme for the Panasonic Group booth is – “Energy Solutions for Entire Towns.” Because Panasonic offers solutions for “entire towns,” there are services and technologies on exhibit that extend beyond the “entire home,” to “entire stores,” “entire buildings/offices,” “entire factories,” and “entire public areas.” There are many experiential exhibits as well, so children can come and learn while they have fun. I will talk about this in more detail in my entries starting tomorrow, so stay tuned!
Eco-Products 2010, one of Japan's largest environmental exhibitions, will take place!
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hiroyuki-san, job well done on covering the Inter BEE 2010! This is mako, one of the writers for this blog. Only 1 month left to go in 2010, and it is once again the season for Eco-Products.
Eco-Products 2010 will be held for 3 days from December 9 at the Tokyo Big Sight. The number of exhibitors has increased from last year to 745 companies and organizations and 185,000 visitors are expected during the 3 days. This year, COP10 (the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties) was held in Nagoya in October, and there seemed to have been a surge in awareness in environmental issues. Eco-Products 2010, an exhibition where the most advanced eco products and environmental technologies are showcased, will certainly also draw attention and the interest of society. I am looking very much forward to the exhibition already.
It just so happens that a special website for the Panasonic booth at Eco-Products 2010 opened today. I took a look earlier, and discovered that this year we will see a joint Panasonic-Sanyo booth, which will feature Panasonic Group's proposal for "Energy Solutions for Entire Towns." In addition to "homes" and "buildings/offices," Panasonic proposed at the Eco-Products in the past, you will see areas such as "stores," "factories," and "public areas" where a wide range of products and services will be on exhibit. There is also a Green Business Style zone where you can learn about the eco activities Panasonic undertakes.
- Eco-Products 2010
- Period: December 9 (Thurs) – December 11 (Sat), 2010
Venue: Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo, Japan)
Organizers: Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry (JEMAI), Nikkei Inc.
Official site: http://www.eco-pro.com/eco2010/english/