The World's Most Advanced Eco-City?

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A coalition of Japanese companies have announced their intention to create the world's most energy-independent, most advanced sustainable community by 2014. Made from houses featuring advanced solar energy systems, the town will essentially function as a single computer-managed "smart grid" built from the ground up. Here's Inhabitat with more information:

By 2014, Japan may be home to the most advanced eco town in the world. A group of 9 companies announced that they will partner in the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town, a breakthrough development of 1000 homes built to be more energy independent than any other modern town. The project will be built on the site of an old Panasonic manufacturing plant, and with the intense attention given to Japan's energy future after the Fukushima disaster the eco town couldn't come at a more apropos time.

Located 50km west of Tokyo in the coastal city of Fugisawa, the development will incorporate 1000 homes into a deeply integrated smart energy and smart grid system using Panasonic's "entire solutions" technology portfolio which aims to reduce energy, produce solar electricity and use battery storage at each home. Individually the technologies are well established but this may be the first smart grid development designed from the ground up by integrating the elements together. The town is aiming to reduce CO2 by 70% from the 1990 baseline.

Read the full story at Inhabitat.

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Daniel Fromson, a former associate editor at The Atlantic, is a writer based in Washington, D.C. He writes regularly for The Washington Post. His work has also appeared in Harper's Magazine, New York, and Slate.

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