Japanese electronics manufacturer Panasonic is partnering with eight other companies in Japan to develop one of its former factory sites into a 47-acre, 1,000-home template for future “smart towns”.
Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town (SST) in the Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan will be built with environmentally friendly technology from the ground up. Every home will be fitted with solar panels, and unused energy will be stored in home-based storage batteries. The city’s lights will also be networked to reduce wastage via a local smart grid.
Fujisawa SST is due to receive its first residents in March 2014, with the remaining houses set to be completed by 2018.