The FINANCIAL — Panasonic showcased its innovative eco-conscious products and technologies at its booth under the theme, “A Better Life, A Better World” at Eco-Products 2015, which was held at the Tokyo Big Sight from December 10 to 12, 2015. Panasonic’s lithium-ion batteries for eco-conscious vehicles, “Zero-Eco House” and a hydrogen fuel cell that can create energy from pure hydrogen (prototype currently under development) drew great attention.
During the exhibition, seminars, workshops, etc. by special lecturers were organized. The exhibition welcomed a wide range of visitors from businesspersons to children, according to Panasonic.
Panasonic introduced its vision for the home, towns, and cars that realize “A Better Life, A Better World,” with straightforward exhibits and demonstrations.
A life-size model of a car made of lithium-ion batteries was exhibited. With increasing awareness for preventing air pollution and protecting the global environment, the market for lithium-ion batteries designed for eco-conscious vehicles is expected to grow rapidly.
Homes & Living
There was also an experiential exhibit of the Zero-Eco House, which is a new and improved version of the net-Zero Energy House (ZEH). There, visitors could learn about “solar panels + storage battery systems,” “thermal insulation for the entire home,” “ECONAVI equipped ventilation system, HEPA plus,” and the “Smart HEMS,” which all help realize eco performances that go above and beyond zero energy input/output.
Panasonic also introduced the “ECONAVI,” which uses sensor technologies to enable home appliances to detect wasteful use of energy. Home appliances such as refrigerators, air conditioners, and washing machines that have been designed under the concept, “Fudan Premium (daily premium),” as well as TVs, dishwashers, and microwave ovens were showcased.
Advanced eco technologies
This section introduced Panasonic’s initiatives for realizing a hydrogen society. In addition to “ENE FARM,” the residential fuel cell that extracts hydrogen from city gas, a prototype of a hydrogen fuel cell (currently under development) that can efficiently create power directly from hydrogen was on display. Panasonic also introduced sensor devices that support a hydrogen society, as well as its vision of a carbon-free, comfortable, and safe hydrogen society.
Panasonic introduced its recycling activities that are being undertaken under the concept of “From Products to Products.” Panasonic accurately and simultaneously sorts three types of resin from the shredder dust generated at recycling plants for home appliances. The extracted resin is then reused to create new products. The technologies that make this possible were also on showcase.
Eco-Products 2015 Overview
Period: December 10 (Thurs.) to 12 (Sat.), 2015, 10:00 – 18:00 (17:00 on Sat.)
Venue: Tokyo Big Sight (Panasonic booth: East Hall 5)
Organizers: Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry, Nikkei Inc.