Energy / Climate Change

November 26, 2010


Tokyo Gas to Start 'Next-Generation Energy and Social Systems Demonstration' Project

Keywords: Non-manufacturing industry Renewable Energy 

JFS/Tokyo Gas to Start 'Next-Generation Energy and Social Systems Demonstration' Project
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Tokyo Gas Co., a major natural gas utility in Japan, announced on August 11, 2010, that it would participate in a five-year demonstration project to showcase next-generation energy and social systems as part of the Yokohama Smart City Project (YSCP). The project's target is to build a framework to provide an optimal and stable supply of heat and electricity at the district level by widespread introduction of renewable and unused energies.

Having been selected as one of four regional projects for the Next-Generation Energy and Social Systems Demonstration being promoted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the YSCP is led by the City of Yokohama and seven private corporations, including Tokyo Gas.

The company will construct a four-story apartment complex in Isogo Ward of Yokohama that will be equipped with solar thermal and gas hot water systems, photovoltaic power generation equipment, and residential fuel cells. The project is aimed at establishing an energy management system to achieve a stable energy supply, energy conservation, and reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by analyzing real-life data collected from the building and its residents. It is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 30% from existing levels.

Another goal of this demonstration project is to develop optimal energy management systems for commercial facilities through the introduction of renewable energy systems such as solar thermal equipment for hot water supply and air conditioning. It also seeks the broader expansion of the existing heating network, which utilizes waste heat from a refuse incineration plant for cooling and heating.

Four Areas in Japan Begin Own Next-Generation Energy and Social System Projects (Related JFS article)

Tokyo Gas to Participate in "Yokohama Smart City Project"
Tokyo Gas Co. official website

Posted: 2010/11/26 06:00:15 AM