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Case Studies

A variety of smart city development projects are underway that seek to create a more comfortable way of life and a society that is kind to the environment. Here, we introduce some of the projects in which Hitachi is involved in different parts of the world.

International Case Studies

Malaga, Spain: Smart community demonstration project in Spain, Tianjin: Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city, Guangzhou: Guangzhou Knowledge City, Dalian: Joint venture in the fields of social innovation business and a resource-recycling/low-carbon economy, New Mexico: Japan-US smart grid demonstration project

  • Okinawa: Charging management system for EV rental cars
  • Hawaii: Japan U.S. Island Grid Project
  • Yokohama: Collaborative Innovation with Yokohama City
  • Chiba: Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City
  • Aichi: Toyota City Low-Carbon Society System-Demonstration Project
  • Ibaraki: Electric Bus Operation Management System (E-Bus OMS) Demonstration Project in Hitachi City

MOVIE ~Achieving a Well-balanced Relationship between People and the Earth~ Hitachi's Engagement in the Realization of Smart Cities

Hitachi offers video clips of various projects around the world.

Play YouTube video: The world-leading Smart Grid Project on the Maui Island, Hawaii

Hawaii: Japan U.S. Island Grid Project
The aim of this joint Japan-U.S. smart grid demonstration project being conducted in collaboration with U.S. companies is to demonstrate smart grid technologies for mitigating fluctuations in the output of renewable energy on Maui, where a considerable amount of renewable energy has already been installed, while also looking to deploy these systems for a low-carbon society in other similar islands or subtropical environments.

Play YouTube video: "New Style for the Next" <Kashiwa-no-Ha Smart City>

Chiba: Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City
In order to bring about a Smart City which offers total provision of area energy-management systems, storage-battery systems, electrical-interchange facilities, and so on, this project's goal is the "visualization" of regional energy through the collection and consolidated management of the entire region's energy information (electricity, gas, water, etc.) Demonstration testing is underway towards the realization of an area energy-management system that is geared towards the development of a new urban environment that can efficiently control facilities such as solar-power generators, storage batteries, and emergency-use power generators across the entire region.

Play YouTube video: <Yokohama Smart City Project> EV-EMS demonstration

Yokohama: Collaborative Innovation with Yokohama City
This project links with the master plan of the Yokohama Smart City Project to promote an energy management system that uses EV (electric vehicle)-supplied electricity. A major goal of the project is the future ability of the batteries in EVs to be used by houses and regional society for the storage of electricity, forming a component of social infrastructure. Investigation is underway of the possibility of using region-wide energy management to intelligently operate on-board batteries and fixed-storage batteries and to increase the level of usage of renewable energy.

Play YouTube video: PPP for solving urban issues, General Partnership Agreement with Yokohama <Y-PORT>

Hitachi and Yokohama City concluded the "Comprehensive Partnership Agreement on International Technological Cooperation and Contribution to Regional Socioeconomic Activities", which aims to support for economic development in Yokohama as well as the development of Yokohama as an international city.

Aichi: Toyota City Low-Carbon Society System-Demonstration Project
With the creation of low-carbon society systems as its goal, and in focus areas such as energy, mobility, and human activity, demonstration testing is underway for the reduction of CO2 emissions. Hitachi is working on integrated bus location systems that collect bus operating information among several different bus operators and based on the information, Hitachi is conducting verification of bus operation planning simulator that support the optimization of bus operation.

Ibaraki: Electric Bus Operation Management System (E-Bus OMS) Demonstration Project in Hitachi City
Hitachi is working toward the implementation of an EV-bus operational-management system to support introduction and wider adoption of EV buses in public transport and the formulation of operating guidelines. Also, Hitachi is working on the verification of energy supply by EV-bus at the time of disaster.

EV charger and electric vehicle

Okinawa: Charging Management System for EV Rental Cars
An EV rental car service was launched in Okinawa in February 2011. Operating as a commercial service on Okinawa, it targets tourists and other rental car users with the aim of encouraging wider adoption of environmentally conscious electric vehicles (EVs). The service uses a Hitachi EV charging management system.