Panasonic has unveiled plans of developing a 19-hectare ‘smart town’ 30 miles southwest of Tokyo that will operate with 70% less CO2 output than the CO2 levels in Japan during the 1990s.
Built on a former Panasonic plant site, the $739 million Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town (SST) is expected to accommodate 3,000 people in about 1,000 homes and other buildings. Structures will be equipped with solar panels, smart appliances and fuel cells, while infrastructure plans call for EV recharging stations, LED lighting, surveillance cameras, and “wind paths.” It is scheduled to open in 2014.
With pristine beaches and a fledgling surfing culture, Fujisawa proves to be a prime location for environmentally-conscious habitat initiatives. Is the SST our first glimpse of a green utopia?