Toshiba prides itself in its position as a leader of innovation in its fields of operation. This is no more so than in the area of energy management and sustainability. Toshiba may be better known in the UK for its TVs and laptops, however its portfolio encompasses innovative energy management systems for homes, buildings, factories, grids and communities. Its products extend from both traditional and intermittent low-carbon generation plant to energy-efficient products such as LED lighting, heat pumps, fuel cells and energy efficient home appliances. It is also a provider of world-leading energy storage solutions that are bringing storage technology into the mainstream.
In their own right each of these things are just products. It is the smart community that brings them together and drives the societal behavioural change required to protect our planet for generations to come. It is initiatives such as Ecoisland that are rising to the challenge and driving us forward.
Toshiba is well versed in the challenges faced by Ecoisland and are currently implementing SMART Grid and SMART Community projects around the world. Okinawa Electric's Miyako island project, which Toshiba are leading, is one such example. Here the local energy company is striving towards continued energy independence for the island while reducing its reliance on diesel and gas turbine generations. This has seen the implementation of wind farms and a 4MW PV system supported by a hybrid battery storage system and a micro energy management system, all developed to minimise the impact of the transition from predictable diesel and gas turbine generation to intermittent wind and solar generation. Having provided a foundation for sustainable generation the project is now looking to embrace the community as it turns its attention to demand. This will seek the implementation of building and community energy management systems to ensure generation and load work in harmony to the benefit of all the island’s residents.