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Panasonic announces new smart energy management system

Panasonic Europe is to collaborate with SEAS-NVE, Denmark's largest consumer-owned energy company, to pilot a smart energy management system that it claims “will pave the way for the eco-homes of the future in Europe”. The system combines Panasonic's Lifinity Home Energy Management System (HEMS) and SEAS-NVE's Smart Grid, to intelligently manage the energy consumption of domestic appliances, lighting and heating.

"This European collaboration represents the first step towards deploying the Panasonic Energy Management System on a broad scale," said Laurent Abadie, CEO Panasonic Europe. "The Panasonic Energy Management System incorporates our latest technologies to save, create and store energy in the home and reduce harmful emissions. Combined with Smart Grid, our smart management of home energy consumption will help realise a greener lifestyle without intruding on day-to-day lifestyles."

Panasonic's Lifinity HEMS developed by Panasonic Electric Works Co., Ltd helps households to achieve energy-savings by visualising energy usage from a smart meter reading, providing ecology advices, and controlling heating, lighting, and appliances locally or remotely by using multi-displays as a user interface like its proprietary control panel, PCs, and/or smart phones. Networked sensors and appliances cooperating with Lifinity's core HEMS technologies keep on improving entire house energy usage without losing comfort.

"Lifinity HEMS will give future energy consumers full control of their electricity and heat consumption", explains Thomas Mikkelsen, Head of Marketing for SEAS-NVE. "The system also connects directly to their smart phones, making it possible to switch home appliances on and off remotely. Panasonic have long been pioneers in environmentally-friendly home technology and we are looking forward to this cooperation and the great opportunities it will provide for our customers".

The SEAS-NVE Smart Grid is based upon the Echelon suite of integrated electronic electricity meters accessed via a web services based network system over an IP networking infrastructure. Multiple meters can share a single IP connection enabling the system to easily incorporate new wide area networking technologies.

The eco-home will run through two test phases before eventual deployment in many of the 350,000 homes of SEAS-NVE customers in Denmark.

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