- Making Use of Verification Experiments to Support Business Opportunities for Small- to Medium-Sized Companies
It is not only major companies like Toyota Motor Corp., Denso Corporation and Chubu Electric Power Co., Ltd. that are participating in the low-carbon society system verification experiment (Smart Melit (Smart Mobility & Energy Life in Toyota City)) project; it is also composed of members from small- to medium-sized companies. Shinmei Industry Co., Ltd. has its head office in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, and is involved in the production and sale of converted (remodeled) EVs. Toyota City is continuing to hold study groups in environmental and energy-related fields targeting small- to medium-sized companies that are not taking part in the verification experiment project in order to provide support for expanding their business opportunities.
- Improvements and Actual Cutover to the Ha:mo Urban Transportation System
The Ha:mo Ride car-sharing service, which is part of the low-carbon society system verification experiment (Smart Melit (Smart Mobility & Energy Life in Toyota City)) being carried out in Toyota City, has being expanded since October 2013 to incorporate 100 vehicles and 22 stations equipped with parking space and recharging facilities. Fees are now charged for the service in line with this, and the business model verification experiment has been started.
- Electrical Power Supplied from FC (Fuel Cell) Buses to Evacuation Centers during Disasters
Toyota Motor Corporation has publically revealed a V2H (Vehicle to Home) experiment in which the electricity generated by FC (Fuel Cell) buses is supplied to external buildings. The objective of dispatching FC buses to evacuation centers and providing the electricity they generate to operate the lights and household appliances within the centers during natural disasters is to alleviate the mental and physical stress of evacuees. Filling the FC bus fuel tanks with high-pressure hydrogen gas enables the lights in the gymnasiums owned by general elementary and junior high schools, etc., to be lit for approximately five days. This will create a system in which the buses can be used for transportation purposes under normal circumstances, and as mobile generators in times of emergency.
|Name of city||Toyota City|
|Area||918km2(as of April 2012)|
|Population||422,830 (as of April 2012)|
|Locations for the operational experiments||The Higashiyama and Takahashi districts for trials of HEMS and EDMS, and Toyota City as a whole for trials of a low-carbon transport system|
|Area covered by the operational experiments||918km2(the entire area of Toyota City)|
|Number of households involved in the operational experiments||67 newly constructed residences and 160 existing residences|
|Number of workplaces involved in the operational experiments||Two commercial buildings, one distribution center, and Toyota Ecoful Town, constructed to showcase the city's efforts to build a low-carbon society.|
|Targets for introduction of PV generation, etc.||61.2% rate of renewable energy, 4,000 next-generation vehicles|
About the city
A regional urban center in the north of Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City is the prefecture's largest city in terms of area and boasts its second-largest population. Toyota City is an in-land industrial city situated on the middle stretches of the Yahagi River, and is known for being a "company castle town," the location of the headquarters of Toyota Motor Corporation. As a model city for the EV&PHV Town Concept and ITS operational experiments, Toyota City has commenced the introduction of next-generation vehicles and transport systems, and is working towards the realization of a low-carbon society.
Overview of the project
This project seeks to envision the home environment in ten years' time, when there will be introduction of renewable energy and more extensive use of various energy-saving and energy storage devices. The power transfer patterns of a variety of devices, including next-generation vehicles, will be integrated and controlled by HEMS, enabling users to enjoy a pleasant and convenient low-carbon lifestyle without waste and without effort. Advancing the introduction of next-generation mobility modalities, the building of public transport infrastructure, and the presentation of new forms of transport use in tandem, we are aiming to become the city with the world's highest level of harmony between cars and people. We will use a range of energy sources including city gas and biomass, and make full use of heat and electricity. We will offer a variety of incentives to encourage citizens to engage in their own carbon-reduction activities, at the same time as making energy use visible, providing support for action, and enabling control of energy use through familiar terminal devices, making it possible to select from an optimal menu of low-carbon activities for the entire living environment with a minimum of effort.
Focusing on the household sector (residences and transport), the project seeks to identify medium-term technological issues based on an image of the household in ten years' time, when, for example, photovoltaic (PV) generation will be widespread and grid parity will have been established. Without rushing to raising the social cost, we will develop low-carbon systems that present the overall optimum at the level of the community as a whole. In concrete terms, we will offer highly convenient and satisfying incentives (such as "eco points") for activities conducted by citizens that contribute to reducing carbon (saving energy, reducing the load on the power system, making effective use of green power, etc.) in order to study the change in citizens' behavior and the magnitude of its impact. In terms of effective incentive design, in addition to introducing various devices and systems to the city, we will establish a system in which citizens obtain data on personal energy consumption and behavior to enable us to reduce carbon at the same time as ensuring the satisfaction of our citizens.
Subjects of the operational experiments
Photovoltaic generation, biomass, heat energy, CEMS, HEMS, EV/PHV/FC buses, ITS