2015 VOL.70 NO.2

  Special Reports

Toshiba Community Solutions Supporting People's Lives

Approaches toward Realization of Smart Society
HAYASHI Yasuhiro

Smart Communities Proceeding to Full-Fledged Implementation Stage
KOSAKADA Masayuki / HIROOKA Koichi
Smart communities have recently begun to reach the implementation stage after an investigation stage of about five years since their appearance as a concept. As a result of this trend, smart solutions to achieve effective utilization and conservation of energy have been expanding globally through technical and social verification and demonstration projects focusing on technologies for optimization on the demand side. On the other hand, smart solutions to improve the quality of community life, which are characterized by wide variations, are aimed at the development of technologies and services in cooperation with energy solutions and in line with community needs.
Toshiba is making efforts to realize a safe, secure, and comfortable society by integrating its proprietary technologies for social infrastructure systems and solutions with information and communication technologies (ICTs) including data management technologies.

Approach to Negawatt Aggregation in Yokohama Smart City Project
Surplus electricity obtained through power saving in response to the requirements of a power company or other reasons, known as negawatt power, has been attracting attention as a countermeasure against the tight balance between electricity supply and demand since the Great East Japan Earthquake. In this context, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is currently working on the development of a system related to negawatt dealings through the Electricity System Reform process.
As part of the Yokohama Smart City Project, which is testing a wide-area energy management and demand response (DR) system involving households, buildings, facilities, and electric vehicles, Toshiba has conducted demonstration experiments aimed at realizing stable negawatt aggregation using a clustered building energy management system (BEMS) as an aggregator. Experiments on the creation of negawatts through the planning and implementation of power reduction targets consistent with the margins for each building comprising a group of buildings confirmed that an average of more than 90% of the targeted power reduction was achieved.

Toshiba's Approaches to Miyakojima City All-Islands EMS Demonstration Project to Actualize Island Type Low-Carbon Society
OGITA Yoshihiro / OGAKI Yuji
With the goal of constructing an island type low-carbon society system, Miyakojima City in Okinawa Prefecture is promoting the Miyakojima City All-Islands Energy Management System (EMS) Demonstration Project over a four-year period that commenced in FY2011. The objective of this project is not only to achieve energy saving, but also to attain commercialization through energy management balancing demand and supply in the area energy network.
Toshiba was selected as a system constructor for this project and is engaged in the development of the demonstration system as well as demonstration and evaluation activities. Based on the knowledge accumulated through this project in Miyakojima City, we are aiming to provide an island type model as a regional solution to remote islands in Japan and other countries in order to solve issues inherent to such areas.

Promotion of Smart Community Demonstration Project in Lyon, France
Toshiba and Toshiba Solutions Corporation have been selected by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) as lead contractors for a smart community project in the Lyon Confluence redevelopment district, France. We are now engaged in introducing the main equipment and systems for this project and conducting verification tests.
The objective of this project is to achieve sustained growth of the redevelopment district by applying a number of sophisticated technologies related to energy solutions, developed not only by the Toshiba Group but by other Japanese companies as well, to buildings and traffic systems in the district. These technologies include several energy management systems (EMSs) to support smart energy utilization by users; models for the local production and consumption of renewable energy, such as electric vehicle (EV) charging using photovoltaic (PV) systems; and a community management system (CMS) supporting city planning.

Verification of Energy-Saving Effect Achieved by Model-Based Air-Conditioning Control Function of "Smart BEMS"
TAMARU Shingo / ASAZUMA Tomohiro
Toshiba has developed "Smart BEMS," which provides the optimal building energy management system (BEMS) technology through integrated management of each building facility. Smart BEMS makes it possible not only to achieve high levels of comfort and energy saving but also to maintain building functions by making full use of limited electricity supplies in the event of a disaster.
Model-based air-conditioning control, which is one of the functions of Smart BEMS, can reduce the energy consumption of heat-source and air-conditioning systems while maintaining comfort. We have conducted demonstration tests at the Smart Community Center, the base for Toshiba's smart community business, and confirmed that the model-based air-conditioning control function can reduce the energy consumption of heat-source and air-conditioning systems by an average of 13.1% and 8.6% in the winter and summer seasons, respectively, compared with a system that is not equipped with model-based air-conditioning control, without sacrificing comfort.

Toshiba Smart Home Aimed at Realizing Safe, Secure, and Comfortable Lives of Residents
MATSUE Kiyotaka / EDAHIRO Toshiaki
Toshiba has constructed the Toshiba Smart Home, an interactive exhibition facility and demonstration facility that began operation on October 2, 2014, at its Fuchu Complex. The Toshiba Smart Home is playing an important role in our research and development activities to verify a comfortable indoor environment and energy optimization through the introduction of new energy equipment including a photovoltaic power generation system, a fuel cell system, and a storage battery system; the latest home appliances controlled by a home energy management system (HEMS), and a showroom offering customers a hands-on experience of new products and services.
To create a safe, secure, and comfortable society, we are introducing various cutting-edge technologies and services into well-sealed and heat-insulated houses aimed at enhancing people's lives taking sustainability, diverse values, and healthcare into consideration.


  Feature Articles

Handwriting Retrieval Technology for Tablets with Pen Input
SHIBATA Tomoyuki / TONOUCHI Yojiro / NAKAI Tomohiro
The wide dissemination of smartphones and tablets with pen input has provided users with the capability to easily store handwritten data as digital data. Accompanying the increase in such stored data, demand has arisen for a technology to rapidly extract the necessary information from large volumes of handwritten data.
To meet this demand, Toshiba has developed a handwriting retrieval technology that can retrieve targeted handwritten data, including not only words but symbols as well, through recognition of the stroke order and shape of strokes without the need for information on the language in which the characters are written such as Japanese or English. This technology, which operates at high speed with a small amount of memory usage, has been incorporated into the AT703 REGZA tablet.

TOSMAP-DSTM/LX EHC Next-Generation Electrohydraulic Control System for Thermal Power Plants Integrating General-Purpose and High-Reliability Control Technologies
SOEJIMA Yasunori / FUKAMACHI Yusuke / ISHIKAWA Tetsuro
Accompanying the liberalization of electricity markets, attention has been increasingly focused in recent years on economic efficiency and self-maintenance in the field of monitoring and control systems for thermal power plants. As a result, the requirements for such systems have become sophisticated and diversified. This has led to the electrohydraulic control (EHC) system playing a crucial role in turbine control systems requiring high reliability and high-speed response.
To meet these market requirements, Toshiba has developed and released the TOSMAP-DSTM/LX EHC next-generation EHC system for thermal power plants. This system was realized by integrating our high-reliability control technologies acquired through the development of EHC systems and general-purpose technologies that respond to the increasingly sophisticated and diversified needs of users while contributing to the further improvement of economic efficiency and maintainability. We are planning to promote its application in overseas thermal power plants.

ES-5300 Multifunctional Ticket Issuing Machine with Flexibility to Handle Various Tickets and Improved Operability
ITO Kenji / OTOMO Yoko
Multifunctional ticket issuing machines, which can issue commuter passes and a wide assortment of tickets, are being introduced into stations and commuter pass issuing offices of railway companies. Toshiba has developed and supplied such systems to 10 or more railway companies up to now. However, there is a strong requirement for further enhancement of the functionality and performance of these systems in view of their aging after more than 10 years of operation, a wider variety of tickets to be issued, and the need for support for integrated circuit (IC) cards.
We have now developed the ES-5300 multifunctional ticket issuing machine that offers not only greatly improved operability and performance in addition to the conventional functions, but also multifunctionality with the capability to issue commuter passes and various types of tickets.

High-Performance TOSPECTRON-I Inner Defect Inspection System for Steel Strip Manufacturing Process
WATANABE Keisuke / NAKAO Tsutomu / TAKEMURA Shota
Inner defect inspection systems are an essential element of quality assurance in the steel strip manufacturing process. Although Toshiba developed and released the TOSPECTRON-I inner defect inspection system in 2007, demand has recently been increasing for further improvement of steel product quality through the stable detection of finer microdefects online.
To meet such customer requirements, we have now developed a sensor unit for the TOSPECTRON-I available for thin steel sheet moving at high speed, featuring improved detection capabilities through the use of high-sensitivity Hall effect sensors to measure the amount of magnetic flux leaked from the surroundings of defects and an optimal noise removal filter. The high-performance TOSPECTRON-I makes it possible to detect microdefects at a constant sensitivity online.

Stationary Battery Energy Storage Systems for Tokyo Institute of Technology
Since the Great East Japan Earthquake, there has been growing interest in countermeasures against the tight power supply-demand balance and in business continuity plans (BCPs). Attention has therefore been increasingly focused on the introduction of stationary battery energy storage systems that can play a key role in cutting peak power demand and ensuring emergency power supplies in the event of a blackout. With the aim of realizing a low-carbon and energy-self-sufficient campus through the introduction of renewable energy sources, the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) is promoting the Green Hill concept to construct smart grids by combining stationary battery energy storage systems with various distributed power supply systems in order to cut peak power demand and autonomously supply power in the event of a disaster.
As part of this approach, Toshiba has developed stationary battery energy storage systems as the core of the Green Hill concept, which incorporate its SCiBTM rechargeable battery modules with high charge/discharge efficiency and high cycle durability, and delivered these systems to the Ookayama Campus of Tokyo Tech.

2M403/E4500 Magnetron with High Efficiency and Improved Load Stability for Microwave Ovens
KATO Naoya
Accompanying the increased momentum toward energy conservation, attention has been focused on energy-saving labeling programs worldwide. Such programs were introduced in Japan in 2008 and in China in 2010, and a similar movement has subsequently been taking place in Europe. In response to this situation, Toshiba Hokuto Electronics Corporation launched the 2M303 high-efficiency magnetron for energy conservation in microwave ovens in 2007. The 2M303 model has mainly been applied to high-end systems using inverters due to power supply restrictions.
We have now developed the 2M403/E4500 magnetron balancing high efficiency with improvement of load stability. In comparison with the previous 2M303 model, the new 2M403/E4500 magnetron does not require a complex power control mechanism, while it has the same level of efficiency as 2M303 model.


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