Future Living Berlin – a quarter of apartment buildings, equipped with modern digital technologies and oriented to maximise energy efficiency and use electricity from renewable sources, has opened in the South of Germany’s capital. The project was implemented by the German GSW Sigmaringen with the use of know-how, technologies and equipment Panasonic. GSW Sigmaringen works in the field of construction and management of real estate and became an investor. Future Living Berlin will complement the portfolio using the Panasonic “smart” cities and districts in Japan (such as Fujisawa or Tsunashima), the United States and China.

the energy supply of the Future Living Berlin designed to minimize carbon footprint. Under ideal conditions up to 90% of its energy needs quarter can provide on their own. For this purpose three types of equipment Panasonic. The first PV panels Panasonic HIT a total peak power of 195 kilowatts, operating with patented technologies PV production 10% more efficient than conventional. The second storing surplus electricity for use at night batteries. Third – heat pumps Panasonic Aquarea system “air-water”. They, in favorable weather completely are powered by solar panels on the roofs of buildings, providing residents with heat and hot water. The system uses intelligent algorithms to depending on season and time of day to give priority to space heating or water heating.

the Sale of energy and heat to tenants of apartments in Future Living Berlin pursuing one company-partner of the project – Polarstern. Due to the fact that generation is pretty much straight in the quarter, while the energy consumption as optimized as possible, to pay residents account for 10% – 30% less than if you’d used the normal connection to the city network.

All building block equipped with cutting-edge IoT technologies and easy automation: for example, what is important in a pandemic, all doors and elevators open non-contact actuating of RFID tags or smart phone with a special application. To avoid unsafe contact helps placed on the territory of the station of delivery of orders and parcels there, we can deliver products from supermarkets and prepared food from restaurants.

the property uses IoT platform of the Swiss company digitalSTROM on the basis of technology of data transmission via power grids. It regulates the lighting, climate systems and connected home appliances, the opening and closing of doors and other operations, while flexibly adapting to the individual needs of residents. Smart kitchen KIMOCON supports pluggable kitchen appliances and can be adjusted in accordance with the growth of tenants.

Smart-TVs and speakers-Panasonic smartphones are taking on functions of management “smart home” and notify about important events (someone rings the doorbell, the fire alarm went off, got a message about the impending hurricane, etc.). This can be especially important for people with hearing problems, because messages may be displayed on the screen to be spoken by the speaker.

“This project has combined our 60 years of experience in the field of HVAC equipment, along with decades of development of photovoltaic panels and batteries. Panasonic and passion for innovation that shapes the future for the new generations,” – said the head of the Board of Directors and CEO of Panasonic Europe Junichi Suzuki.

As said in an interview Вестям.Ru head of research and development GSW Sigmaringen Birgid Eberhardt, from the moment when the Future Living quarter, Berlin was conceived to completion was about five let. Now 60 of the 90 apartments in the complex are already living people – and not paying more than residents of neighboring houses in the district Adlershof. This kind of “Berlin SKOLKOVO” Technopark, research institutions, editors of digital media, etc.

The Panasonic noted that the apartments in the Future Living Berlin – not luxury accommodation and from the point of view of the price of leases available to a significant proportion of the middle class, working in Berlin. In addition, said in an interview Вестям.Ru Junichi Suzuki, any equipment Panasonic for over a hundred years of history, the company always became more accessible to consumers – so probably will end up with solutions for the “smart city”.

“Support from governments is also very important, – said the head of Panasonic Europe. – Now there are subsidies for heat pumps in some countries, subsidized electric cars. Such support is especially important in the early stages – this will allow in the future to make these technologies available to more people and more houses.”

of Course, the use of solar panels not justified in any climate. At the same time, the technology of heating and water heating with heat pumps there is no such restriction – and its efficiency in the calculation of per kilowatt of electricity consumed is much higher than the alternatives available. “Quite unexpectedly, but the Scandinavian countries have become to [heat pumps] Panasonic one of the biggest markets. This helps the efficiency of the technology, and the ability to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and the support of the governments of these countries,” said Suzuki.

Text: To.Hi-tech