Facility Solution Contributing to Creation of Low-Carbon Society
Toward Realizing Open Green Facility Systems Using Advanced ICT
Smart Facility Solutions Aiming for Zero-Emission Buildings
NISHIMURA Nobutaka / IINO Yutaka / ADACHI Toshiro
Energy consumption in the consumer sector, which includes business offices and residential buildings, is more than 30% of the total energy consumption in Japan, and it has been increasing year after year, as it has in other developed and developing countries as well. In response to the worldwide demand for the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and the building of a sustainable society, there is a strong need for effective usage of energy.
With the aim of realizing smart facilities, Toshiba has been engaged in the research and development of highly effective equipment, technologies using renewable energy, and control and management systems for buildings.
Total Energy-Saving Solution for Wide Variety of Buildings
TAKAGI Yasuo / SUYAMA Akihiro / YAMAZAKI Kenichi
There is growing demand for energy-saving solutions for air-conditioning and electricity supply in a wide variety of facilities including buildings and factories. In response to the broad range of needs for energy conservation in recent years, various so-called optimal systems have been put on the market.
Toshiba has developed a total energy-saving solution that is based not only on accurate modeling of the basic characteristics of a building space, but also the sensitivities of the people engaged in activities there. This solution incorporates a simulator that faithfully simulates heat, electricity, and air and vapor phenomena, achieving a superior level of energy saving that has never been realized by more cursory methods. We have also developed a highly reliable maintenance system using thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and statistical methods.
Quality Control Technology throughout Life Cycle of Power-Supply System
MIYABE Takashi / IINO Yutaka / TAGUCHI Yasuhiro
Continuous, high-quality service has been required by end users in recent years in the field of power-supply systems for various communication network systems, data centers, semiconductor processing equipment, and so on.
To fulfill each user's quality and cost requirements for the power-supply systems supporting their business, Toshiba has been engaged in the research and development of a flexible design methodology that makes it possible to design and propose an optimal system configuration, as well as maintenance and renewal plans, taking into consideration not only the reliability of the commercial power supply and aging degradation but also the reliability of the power-supply system itself, based on optimization of the trade-off between reliability and life-cycle cost.
Solution Applying Image Recognition Technology for Safe, Secure, and Energy-Saving Buildings
BABA Kenji / ENOHARA Takaaki / NAGATA Kazumi
In recent years, both high security and the reduction of total energy consumption have become essential for the operation of office buildings. There is consequently an increasing need for advanced sensing technology to get an accurate grasp of the current state of a building.
Toshiba has developed an image composition sensor using our image recognition technologies, which can be applied to a wide range of applications in buildings, from security to saving energy. This image composition sensor makes it possible to measure conditions of both office environments and human activities, which is very difficult for conventional sensors, and contributes to the construction of building management systems offering safe, secure, and energy-saving services.
Remotely Managed Energy-Efficient Services for Air-Conditioning Systems
IKEDA Koichi / HIRAOKA Yukio / KOBAYASHI Hisashi
Recently high-efficiency and energy-saving equipment has been introduced to realize energy conservation to prevent the increase of energy consumption in public spaces, such as offices and commercial buildings. However, these energy-saving approaches require initial costs that are too high for most building owners to introduce during the current recession.
Toshiba has developed a remotely managed service that can realize high energy efficiency for air-conditioning systems without the initial costs. The distinguishing feature of this service is the exchange of various air-conditioning information to enhance comfort and energy efficiency between each building automation system (BAS) in customers' buildings and our energy-efficiency system via the Internet.
Platform System Technologies Supporting Facility Solutions
MURAI Masahiko / MAEGAWA Tomonori / OOBA Yoshikazu
In order to properly design, operate, and maintain the infrastructures of buildings and factories, such as air-conditioning systems, power supply systems, and physical security systems, Toshiba has been providing a wide variety of solution menus, including total energy-saving solutions, high-quality power supply systems, and integrated security systems, through the following technological advancements: (1) model-based simulation technologies, (2) life-cycle management technologies, (3) remote service platforms based on communication control technologies for efficient collection of building information via a network.
Energy-Saving Technology for Renewal of Air-Conditioning Systems in Office Buildings
HANADA Yuuichi / MURAYAMA Dai
Energy saving has recently become an urgent issue for office buildings in order to prevent global warming and to respond to the growing imbalance between energy supply and demand. There is an increasing need for the replacement of the old equipment in the buildings that were concentrically constructed in the 1990s with energy-saving equipment.
With this as a background, Toshiba has developed a new air-conditioning system that provides both comfort and energy savings and used it to replace the equipment in the Toshiba building that needed renewal work. We used a renewal method that minimizes the disturbance for the tenants in the building.