Sustainable Technology

Panasonic Inaugurates Home Energy Management System at Gitex 2011

Japanese technology giant Panasonic is trying to prove its commitment to conserving the environment by unveiling its innovative Home Energy Management System (HEMS) for the Middle East and Africa, at Gitex 2011.

The new technology presented by Panasonic features preinstalled solar power generator systems and home-use storage battery systems and can be implemented across cities and towns, including homes, public areas and various facilities. The revolutionary Home Energy Management System (HEMS) will help people monitor their homes and manage energy more efficiently via an in-home display. Panasonic’s home energy management system connects appliances through a gateway (a small white box placed on the wall) and consumers can monitor energy consumption throughout the day and if there are variable rates for different times of the day, schedule power-consuming tasks accordingly. HEMS can also be connected to government-owned smart grid technology and smart meters to enhance the efficiency of the system.

Panasonic also sells Sanyo solar panels so that people can track their output, store the energy in batteries and use the energy management system to decide the most beneficial time to use it. Using this kind of technology, cities and towns will be able to support themselves with energy that meets basic needs. Panasonic will promote its total energy solutions across the region to help reduce energy consumption and encourage the use of locally produced renewable energy. For example rooftop photovoltaic systems and lithium-ion batteries will be combined to create and store energy. In case of a power outage, the batteries will serve as a backup energy source for such facilities as lighting in common areas, elevators and water pumps. The total energy solutions are designed to implement demand response, by combining smart meters with Home Energy Management System (HEMS). Each household will have an in-home display (IHD) so that users can view how much electricity, water or gas is being consumed. Demand response will be achieved through Smart Energy Gateway (SEG), which connects smart meter and home appliances such as air-conditioners.

To realize the consumed energy solutions of this nature, Panasonic will develop and evaluate energy creation and storage technologies that can work in the region’s challenging climatic conditions. Panasonic aims to become the No. 1 Green Innovation Company in the Electronics Industry in Middle East as part of Panasonic’s group-wide global commitment to drive eco-innovation by 2018, the 100th anniversary of its foundation. “Panasonic is strongly committed to conserving the environment. As a global leader in the electronics industry, it is our duty to ensure a sustainable future, and the home energy management system will help us dramatically reduce the negative impact we are having on our natural world,” commented Masao Motoki, Director System Sales and Marketing Group, Panasonic Marketing Middle East FZE.

via Ameinfo



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