Toshiba Corporation and Toshiba Solutions Corporation have begun showcasing a home energy monitoring system (HEMs) for a redevelopment project in Lyon, France, as part of a demonstration of Japanese technology aimed at achieving high levels of energy efficiency.

The Toshiba Group has deployed a HEMs and community management system (CMS) at the Lyon Confluence Smart Community Demonstration developed by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO), with support from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

The smart community is a key element of the Lyon Confluence programme organised by the Grand Lyon Community, a major redevelopment of a former industrial and transportation hub in central Lyon, at the meeting point of two rivers.

The HEMs demonstration will measure real-time use of electricity, water and gas by installing measuring equipment in distribution boards and water and gas meters in public apartment houses in the redevelopment area.

Residents will be able to see measured data on tablets provided by the project.

The tablets will also show the power consumption of individual home appliances and provide advice on ways to save energy, as a means to encourage residents to reduce energy use.

The smart community demonstration has been launched in four phases, starting in October 2013 with an electric vehicle sharing system using solar energy to recharge vehicles.

The HEMs and CMS, which collects energy information from the projects and builds a picture of total energy usage in the community, follows and the final phase will be a positive energy building project, where a structure generates more energy from renewable sources than it consumes, in spring 2015.

The Lyon project is NEDO’s first in Europe and it aims to show how Japanese technologies can help EU countries meet 2020 targets of lower greenhouse gas emissions, and increased energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy.

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