Panasonic building smart city outside Denver
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Panasonic’s presence is just about everywhere these days, from car batteries to airplanes. Now, now the company is building a smart city.
Called CityNow, the futuristic city is rising outside Denver and will be a living lab experiment for creating towns that can survive a disaster, run on clean, renewable power and contain sustainable infrastructure that improves people’s lives, reports Inhabitat.
The development has been underway for the past two years in a desolate patch of land near the Denver airport. The 400-acre project will be a transit-oriented city, with light rail connecting it to Denver and the airport, smart roadways that are perfect for autonomous vehicles, parking management and autonomous shuttle routes, which roll out this spring.
The city also has a bevy of sustainable features, like a solar panel microgrid that can power the city for days in the event of a disaster. Streets lights consist of power-saving LEDs and a carbon neutral district.
“Since early 2016, when we started on Denver CityNow, we’ve vetted 11 technology suppliers, developed an open API, established a carbon-neutral district, got approval from the public utility and installed the first microgrid, with solar panels on Denver Airport property … which can power this area for 72 hours in the event of a natural, or manmade, disaster,” Jarrett Wendt, executive vice president of Panasonic Enterprise Solutions, told PC Magazine.
Panasonic’s first foray into a sustainable smart town in Fujisawa, Japan, has resulted in a city with 70 percent less carbon dioxide than normal, a return of 30 percent back to the grid, an EV charging grid and enough renewable energy to power the city for five days off-grid.
Denver’s smart city is slated for completion in eight years.