Energy / Climate Change

January 25, 2012


Japanese Power/Electronics Companies Establish Consortium for Promoting HEMS

Keywords: Manufacturing industry Non-manufacturing industry Renewable Energy 

A group of major Japanese power and electronics companies have established consortium for research and actions, "HEMS Alliance," with an aim to establish and promote a market of home energy management system (HEMS), it was announced on July 12, 2011. The participants are KDDI Corp., Sharp Corp., Daikin Industries, Ltd., Tokyo Electric Power Co., Toshiba Corp., NEC Corp., Panasonic Corp., Hitachi, Ltd., Mitsubishi Motors Corp., and Mitsubishi Electric Corp.

Recently, people's concern on energy usage in households is growing with the goal of creating a low carbon society with environmental consciousness, which can be seen in the growing use of renewable energies. In addition, efforts to save energy in homes is also required by society as a means of addressing the tight supply of power across Japan.

In order to widely promote optimum energy use at home, which society is asking for, it is essential to take total control of demand and supply of electricity at home. For that, high-function smart home appliances including electric vehicles from various automobile makers need to be connected each other using information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as home controllers and HEMS applications, thus enabling visualization and automatic control of electricity usage for each application.

The HEMS Alliance intends to work for the common issues the member companies face, such as finding a better system to control smart home appliances using HEMS applications, and constructing systems required for the development and distribution of HEMS applications or for maintenance of smart home appliances. It also aims to establish a HEMS market that focuses on safety,

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Posted: 2012/01/25 06:00:15 AM