Fujitsu to Build 'Smart Community' in Fukushima

May 2, 2013
Mami Akasaka, Tech-On!

Fujitsu Ltd, Aizu Wakamatsu City and Tohoku Electric Power Co Inc launched a project to introduce a "smart community" in the Aizu Wakamatsu region of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

Specifically, it will build an "energy control center" in the aim of visualizing the status of renewable energy-based power generation, monitoring renewable energy-based power generation facilities, establishing a heat-supply model using biomass-based power generation, promoting the introduction of photovoltaic power generation systems and storage batteries, etc.

Fujitsu, Aizu Wakamatsu City and Tohoku Electric Power have been considering building a smart community based on the reconstruction plans made by Fukushima Prefecture and Aizu Wakamatsu City. This time, they started to commercialize the plans because Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry decided to provide subsidies to them.

Fujitsu will manage the entire project and establish the energy control center in cooperation with Tohoku Electric Power. Aizu Wakamatsu City will ensure emergency power sources by using electric vehicles and use biomass resources to realize "local production for local consumption."

Moreover, Fuji Green Power Co Ltd plans to introduce a megawatt-class solar power plant designed for snowy regions. The height and angle of its solar modules are adjusted in consideration of snow accumulation.