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Toshiba’'s smart centre showcases BEMS

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 18:36 -- Ruth Williams

Toshiba Group has completed its first ‘smart community centre’ in Kawasaki, Japan, that will home the company’s smart community related businesses.

The centre showcases smart applications by incorporating a building energy management system (BEMS). The use of this means, compared to an equivalent building, the building will consume just 68% of the energy and emit 42% of the CO2. This reduction is thanks to the BEMS monitoring energy consumption throughout the building. LED lighting activated by sensors; an air conditioning system that detects people and provides a level of cooling based on where people are in the building; and ‘green’ elevators contribute to lower power consumption.

For back up power, the BEMS also offers disaster-resistant functions including a UPS system that assesses load capacity throughout the building.

The building houses two 1500VA generators and a lithium-titanate SCiB battery to provide back-up power in the event of a power cut or brown-out to keep the building operational for up to 72 hours.