‘Eco Town’ Tests Solar In Singapore Housing

Ten flats in a housing block in Singapore have been chosen to test the viability of energy-saving options in public housing. The project, called Punggol Eco Town, is a partnership between Singapore’s Housing and Development Board, Energy Market Authority and Economic Development Board and Panasonic.

The testing will run from 2011 to 2013, with the goal of reducing typical energy consumption by up to 75 percent. To accomplish this goal, photovoltaic systems will be used to power elevators, water pumps and lighting. Lithium-ion batteries will also be used to store excess energy that is provided by solar panels. And, home energy mangement systems will be installed to monitor each individual home’s electricity, water and gas consumption.

 

Punggol Eco Town, Singapore, renewable energy

image via Singapore Housing and Development Board

Panasonic said it is aiming to develop and evaluate how energy and storage technologies can work in tropical climates. If the project is successful, the company will then promote future projects in additional Asian countries.

The company is not new to such testing projects. Panasonic was behind the Sin-Singapore Tianjin Eco City Project in China as well as the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town Project in Japan. Panasonic is based in Osaka, Japan, and develops a wide range of electronic products for consumers, businesses and industry.

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Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.