Energy Efficient Housing Reaches New Heights In Japan

April 22, 2011 · 9 comments

in Energy Saving

Daiwa House Industry Company in Japan has developed the next generation of energy efficient housing. The homes use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that produce so much electricity homeowners may end up selling the surplus to the local grid. At first glance, Daiwa’s battery-operated house, with its rooftop solar panels, appears quite conventional. But inside, this 2600 square foot home in Saitama near Tokyo quickly reveals itself to be a model in energy efficiency. Daiwa calls it the eco-house. It’s connected to the grid, but is designed to provide it’s own electricity for 14 uninterrupted hours each day. The difference between this and other solar powered homes is the rechargeable lithium-ion battery that stores the electricity generated each day by the rooftop panels. The power is distributed throughout the house by a centralized computer system which also keeps the home-owner informed of daily energy usage. Daiwa’s Saeki Yoshinori says the system also offers energy saving suggestions. [Saeki Yoshinori, General Manager, Daiwa House Industry]: “Advised by this monitor, residences can choose whether they’re going to sell the stored electricity to the local grid or use it up in the house to reduce CO2.” The company believes its energy management system will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 65 percent. And as the technology improves, it says household electricity bills will disappear entirely. At a cost of more than $600000 however, the house is not cheap. But Daiwa

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