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Singapore to test energy solutions for public housing

Singapore and the Panasonic Corportation will test-bed the first total energy solutions for public housin.


According to the Economic Development Board, the project, called the Punggol Economic Town, has been marked as one of the key "living labs" for urban sustainability solutions in Singapore.

Panasonic will integrate its energy creation, storage and saving solutions at an existing public residential building to help the households achieve a greener lifestyle.

Government agencies to be involved include the Housing and Development Board, the Energy Market Authority and the Economic Development Board.

Solar systems will be installed to power common facilities such as the lifts, water pump and lighting. Excess electricity generated by the solar panels will also be stored in lithium-ion batteries for use at night and to serve as a backup electricity generator, the Economic Development Board said.

A monitoring system will also be installed to help households watch their electricity, water and gas consumption patterns.

The project will start this year and run till 2013.

The full story is available at Xinhua News.

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