Energy / Climate Change

November 19, 2010


Four Areas in Japan Begin Own Next-Generation Energy and Social System Projects

Keywords: Government Renewable Energy 

The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry released on August 11, 2010, master plans for demonstration projects in four areas selected as the Next-Generation Energy and Social Systems Demonstration Areas. The projects aim to build Japan's original smart grid systems and promote them to the world, under the country's new strategy for becoming an environment and energy power through "green innovation."

The four areas, selected from 20 areas by the ministry in April, are Yokohama City of Kanagawa Prefecture, Toyota City of Aichi Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture (Kansai Science City), and Kitakyushu City of Fukuoka Prefecture. The four areas will launch their five-year demonstration projects based on their master plans, which were established with consideration of opinions given at the Conference on the Next-Generation Energy and Social Systems.

Kyoto Prefecture, for example, plans to improve energy efficiency and maximize the use of renewable energy sources in the whole science city area by networking energy management systems for homes, buildings and electric vehicles, with the aim of demonstrating science city-originated innovative technologies.

Meanwhile, Kitakyushu City aims to effectively use local energy sources by, for example, using exhaust heat and hydrogen generated in the local industrial area for non-industrial sectors, and interchanging electricity between buildings. The city also plans to implement a dynamic pricing scheme in which electricity prices change according to the supply and demand of energy in the area, and to control household appliances accordingly.

Toyota Joins Demonstration Project to Establish Low-Carbon Society at Home and Abroad (Related JFS article)
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Selection of Next-Generation Energy and Social System Demonstration Areas

Posted: 2010/11/19 06:00:15 AM