Inside Kashiwa-no-ha: Hitachi Smart City near Tokyo
Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City is a collaboration between government agencies, universities, research institutions, Mitsui Fudosan and Hitachi.
Located just outside of Tokyo, the city aims to provide an environmental-symbiotic city, a city of health and longevity, and a city of new industry creation.
Hitachi provides area energy-management solutions that operate, monitor, and control energy across the city.
The energy building within Kashiwa-no-ha includes solar panels on the outside and on the roof.
The energy from the solar panels is used within the Smart City; however the energy collected is yet to be enough to cover all the needs of the residents so power companies are still utilised.