Berlin is hosting a Co2-saving smart city project, combining “both green & sustainable and digital & connected living.”
The project, called “Future Living Berlin”, is led by Panasonic as one of the EU Lighthouse projects that aim to help decarbonizing society. For Panasonic, Future Living Berlin is an important experiment in building cutting-edge energy solutions.
The smart district utilizes smart energy solutions, particularly Panasonic’s highly efficient air to water heat pump product line-up called “Aquarea”, photovoltaic (PV) panels, and storage batteries integrated into an intelligent and efficient energy management system, according to a company statement.
“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,” said Junichi Suzuki, Chairman, and CEO of Panasonic Europe B.V.
As for the patented silicone technology, the Panasonic photovoltaic system is 10% more efficient than conventional modules.
Furthermore, Panasonic’s HIT technology achieves a significantly better performance in hot environments because of its superior temperature coefficient, which is an essential advantage in coping with climate change.
Utilizing renewable energy, the air-to-water system is used for space heating and warm water generation but can also be called upon for cooling. For increased performance, the heat pumps include a reliable cloud-based connectivity feature for installers called Aquarea Service Cloud.
It saves further CO2 emissions as maintenance visits can be organized much more efficiently and, partially, conducted remotely, the statement added.
These energy solutions are brought together under the Aquarea Smart Cloud, which allows end-users to monitor their power usage and manage temperature settings accordingly. This results in increased efficiency and comfort while enjoying the transparency of their consumption.
To achieve further sustainable and green objectives, residents are part of a wider ecological environment that offers green car-sharing, shared washing machines, and Panasonic energy solutions.
The smart control combines heat pumps together with other efficient green Panasonic technologies, such as PV panels.
The digital and connected goal of Future Living Berlin starts within the residential apartments. The equipment follows the idea of being smart and connected with Panasonic TVs and smart speakers being part of an overall IoT infrastructure, which includes an apartment manager as the central hub.
The digital and connected solutions are further extended to include wider security, safety, and smart building solutions that enhance the overall comfortability of residents.
“Future Living Berlin is a future Way of Living – of how we may live tomorrow with a focus on social, digital & connected, and green & sustainable living,” Suzuki added.