Sharp Corp has completed an eco house at GREEN FRONT SAKAI in Osaka, and has begun operation with the aim of realizing a house that emits zero CO2 emissions. Sharp’s dual goals for the eco house are to minimize power consumption and contribute to a comfortable living environment.
The eco house is equipped with cutting-edge energy-saving appliances integrated into a network using HEMS (Home Energy Management System). This makes it possible to use displays, such as AQUOS TVs and LCD tablets, to show how much electricity is being consumed, and it will eventually give residents of such a home a quantitative look at their energy consumption and energy savings.
The eco house is also equipped with LED lighting, which will be evaluated for energy-saving performance and for its ability to adjust the brightness and color of the lighting to the most comfortable levels.
Also to be evaluated is the ability to use HEMS to properly control the energy created by the photovoltaic modules, stored in the storage batteries, and consumed by the appliances.
The Eco House will use state-of-the-art technology in Sharp’s efforts to develop the ultimate in future home comfort. For example, the energy generated by the photovoltaic modules will supply DC (direct current) power straight to DC appliances without conversion to AC (alternating current), while an electric vehicle (EV) traction battery will work in conjunction with the Intelligent Power Conditioner as a storage battery for the house. In addition, a large 180-inch LCD screen will be evaluated for suitability to today’s green-conscious world.© Japan Today